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One of the things I have thought a lot about over the last two decades is the intersection of technology and church, particularly as it relates to how church communities are formed or mal-formed by their use of technology. The current crisis of quarantines and social distancing has led to nearly all churches developing an […]

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Jon Davis

I have heard it said by many and I have said it myself in recent weeks; We are living in unprecedented times!  Coronavirus / COVID-19 has brought us a new vocabulary of Sheltered at Home, Social Distancing, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and more. It truly is a global event. I agree with the term unprecedented, […]

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April Karli

Several decades ago, communications theorist Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase, “the medium is the message.” In other words, the form, or medium, that is used to communicate a message will shape how that message is received and understood. No longer able to gather in person, church leaders are asking how to create meaningful online gatherings. […]

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J.R. Briggs

If the government restricted your church from gathering each Sunday, what would your church look like?  If your church was unable to gather in groups larger than 50, or even 10, what would your church look like? And how would it shape the way you think about your church in how it joins God’s mission?  […]

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Ann Marie Carley

Hey, you! Yes, you, Pastor and ministry leader who is trying to figure out this new normal. I see you! What you need to know is that these words have been rumbling around in my mind over the last several days, but finding enough time to write them down has been next to impossible. Like […]

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Jorge Acevedo and Michael Beck were recently featured on the Reclamation Podcast. Michael and Jorge share their thoughts on what it means to launch new communities to reach new people. Listen here: The Reclamation Podcast is designed to help busy people find good practices of life and faith.

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Have you ever tried to get your church to start something new, only to get blocked by leaders paralyzed by fear? Have you ever seen the best and brightest lights snuffed out by a panic-stricken institution? Have you started a new church, ministry or fresh expression only to find yourself completely burned out from years […]

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After significant and prayerful deliberation, along with consultation from a variety of experts knowledgeable about the potential progression of the Coronavirus in the next several weeks, we have decided to postpone the 2020 Fresh Expressions National Gathering: The Present Future until March 24th – 26th, 2021.  This is a very difficult decision made with the greatest […]

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Kris Beckert

There is a strange freedom that comes with creating the bucket list, as you become less focused on what’s in front of you and more aware of what’s around you. The question is no longer ‘why?’ but ‘why not?

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“What is God up to?” is the question I’m most often asked. “Have you heard of the dinner church movement?” is my most common answer. LEONARD SWEET, E. STANLEY JONES PROFESSOR OF EVANGELISM AT DREW UNIVERSITY   Dinner Church Collective grew out of a problem that Verlon and Melodee Foster were facing in Seattle. Their […]

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