The following is an excerpt from Becoming Church:  A Trail Guide for Starting Fresh Expressions. In the summer of 2007, my friends and I graduated from high school and piled into my 1967 Volkswagen Bus for a road trip through Maine that led us to Mt. Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. The […]

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The Dinner Church movement is not happening in a cultural vacuum; there is a reason why it is rebirthing now. We would do well to place these New Passovers that are springing up all around the West into some larger realities. First: The secular worldview populous is now outnumbering the judeo-worldview population 2-to-1. Given that, […]

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We are accustomed to the way things work in the local church. We have our regular rhythms of holidays, kick-offs, events and programs. We are quite comfortable with the way things have been done for decades. Yet, for many congregations these patterns are no longer bearing fruit, and they have slipped into decline. This reformation […]

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The dinner church is not an innovation; it is a recovery project. For the first three-hundred years of Christianity the Jesus Table was the most used sociological form of Christian gatherings. Today we are so far removed from the ways of the first church that we are blind to their ways of  assembling and coming […]

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On February 27th 380 AD Christianity became the official state religion of the Roman Empire and many would say in that moment the era of Christendom began.  We can make a long list of all of the consequences of this historical moment.  One of the outcomes was the church began to build buildings in every […]

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“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” Revelation 2:4 Being a pastor these days is not easy! Even before the pandemic the phenomenon of burn-out was prevalent. Leaders were quitting the ministry in droves. The last 18-months have amplified these realities. One aspect of burn-out is […]

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The Pandemic has shifted many things in our society, including The Church. But, God’s Church has never and will never close! Jesus promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against it and neither will a pandemic. That’s why we’re taking a moment to celebrate the Universal Church in general and the Black Church […]

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Because Dinner Churches and other Fresh Expressions gather people with little or no experience with church or Scripture, we often serve folks who find the Bible opaque. So, we began looking for “entry points” to the story of what God is doing in the world.  When the early Church faced this problem, they told stories about […]

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We all know the ugly truth – many people attend our churches who come and “sit” or, as we have all learned in the last 18 months, “watch.”   They are there several Sundays each year. They usually find a similar seat in the sanctuary or watch from the same place in their home each time […]

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In fresh expressions of church, careful attention should be made to ensure that our structures submit to the Spirit. But how we get there is an art form requiring attentiveness to the rhythms of life and a posture deep listening to the needs of others and the community around us. Slowing down and paying attention […]

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