Shannon Kiser

What do you do if all of your friends are Christians, but you want to reach beyond the church? Or, what if you’re new in town? Or you want to reach out to a specific group of people, but don’t know anyone in that community? What you need is a “Person of Peace.” In Fresh […]

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“There are lots of churches and lots of bars, but nowhere you can go that you don’t get drunk or preached at. “People walk in and they say they feel the Holy Spirit and what they see is a changing Kingdom,” say founder John Stanley. They started the cafe after he realized that another form […]

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Dee Stokes

By virtue of my experience and education, I consider myself a “leadership expert.” Not that it means anything to you or I other than, I am passionate about leadership. We need better, fiercer, more anointed, more dedicated, more focused, leaders who care about others and the work. Let me fill you in on a secret, […]

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Connor Janney

A glimmer, a sheen, a glow, a flicker, a blinding burst of glory, a flame, a hum, a vision, a touch, a warmth, a revelation, a presence, a blaze, a radiance, a brilliance, an awe. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with […]

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There’s been a change in how people relate to church in North America. The fact is that people are less and less likely to walk into our church buildings on a Sunday morning. When we realized that about three years ago at First Church, Williamsport, we started pursuing fresh expressions of church. Our conviction intensified. We couldn’t […]

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Michael Beck

Being sent out to pioneer is a “lambs in the midst of wolves” kind of endeavor (Luke 10:1-6). We must be called and gifted by the Spirit to do it, and we must always do it in community with others, but there are certain practices that can sustain us in this long, challenging, and slow […]

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Shannon Kiser

“I think I was a bit naïve…” After a year of working on a fresh expression of church, a pioneer was reflecting on how the mission wasn’t as far along as he had expected or hoped.  “Maybe I just thought people would like me and everything would build from there.  Or maybe I just didn’t […]

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Michael Beck

This is a continuation of a series of reflections on sustaining health as a pioneer. This is a continuation of a series of reflections on sustaining health as a pioneer. Being innovators, who help people, churches, and systems, reach forward to grasp the rope of hope God has sent from the future is not easy […]

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Emily Daly

“In the Hebrew language, the word for ‘God provides’ can also be said, ‘God sees’ and I think there’s a connection between what we’re willing to see of God’s work around us and God’s provision. We have to look for the ways that God is in our world, and if we’re not looking, we can’t […]

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Verlon Fosner

The day of my “Macedonian call” experience started off as an ordinary day. I left my office driving to an appointment. At that time I was serving as the lead pastor of an 85-year old church in Seattle that was in decline, and we were prayerfully wondering how to regain our influence in our city. […]

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