Shannon Kiser

“How do you catch a traditional, homogenous congregation onto new-ness in mission as a layperson?” If you get focused on trying to “win” an entire traditional, homogenous congregation into a fresh expression type mission posture, you’re going to find yourself quickly frustrated.  But there may be ways to invite some in the congregation to imagine […]

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Brian Sanders talks about what the church could look like if we didn’t limit it to a building with four walls.  If the church is genuinely the people of God, led by the Holy Spirit, around the person of the resurrected Jesus, and there is no part of society beyond the reach of the triune […]

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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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Matt Hill

Rock climbing for a seven-year-old? Really? A year ago, my seven-year-old son Aaron had the opportunity to go with a friend to a local rock climbing center. Not the type where you climb without ropes on massive walls of granite, but the type of rock climbing where you hook on to a rope and climb […]

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At this point in your life, you are ready to admit it: you are not a starter. Some people are starters, and being a starter is cool. We tell stories of the legendary founders of companies, movements and, yes, the founders of our local churches. For the last few decades, the role of “church planter” […]

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Shannon Kiser

At the National Gathering in March, several questions were submitted to a Pioneer Panel that did not get asked in person. So we are continuing to offer blog posts to respond to your questions and concerns. “When does relevance become an idol?” When does anything become an idol? When it replaces God’s rightful place in […]

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Kris Beckert

Seasons change. In some places, the differences between seasons are more extreme than others. You may own both ice skates and a bathing suit to use in the same lake over the course of a year. Sometimes a season seems to stay past its welcome, while other times it seems like you pass through more […]

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Mike Snedeker

The Ananias Project As pioneers made their way through the halls of Heritage Fellowship Church for the 2018 Fresh Expressions US National Gathering, they encountered many new, engaging tools and resources for their journey on mission. As they opened their detailed programs they came across a page sharing about the Fresh Expressions US Prayer Ministry […]

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Joshua Hearne

I don’t like to be late, but nearly eight years of running on “Grace and Main time” may have had some effect on my punctuality. So, when I pulled my car into a street parking spot near a certain apartment building, I was not only in a hurry, but also anxious about it. As was […]

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Luke Edwards

It’s not often a tweet stops me in my tracks. A few weeks back, doctoral candidate, Joy Clarkson, wrote, “When someone hasn’t read a classic book, I always try to say ‘Oh! What a treat you have ahead of you!’ rather than ‘I can’t believe you haven’t read this!’ because no one wants to be […]

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