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The Seed Is Planted In 2018, my husband Jim and I attended a one-day “What Is Dinner Church” meeting. On the drive over we spent an hour coming up with every reason that Dinner Church would not work in our town of Fort Meade, FL. “No money. The town is too small. No one will […]

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The Project Pastor Podcast is for ministry leaders, whether serving in a faraway place or a megachurch. Through interviews from those in ministry all over the world, it’s designed to encourage, challenge, and help those who serve to finish well. This month, the Podcast featured Dr. Dee Stokes, Fresh Expression US Director of Cultural Intelligence. […]

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“What if they don’t come back?” As vaccination spreads and pandemic restrictions ease, this is the anxious question in the back of many church leader’s minds. Some churches haven’t met in a long time. Others have gathered in limited ways that never really compared to their pre-pandemic participation. When a Church says “it’s time to […]

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Recently, the Fresh Expression led by our own Gannon and Carey Sims was featured in Faith and Leadership. Check it out! When sanctuaries closed their doors in mid-March 2020 in an attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19, not everyone at The Center for Faith and Leadership, a student ministry at the University of Mary Washington, was ready to […]

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There are only so many hours in the week—and no one feels this more than the busy Pastor. For over a decade, churches have been moving online, some haphazardly or begrudgingly. But when the COVID-19 pandemic put the world on lockdown, many found themselves forced to explore online methods of connecting with their congregations, seekers, […]

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The church has moved online. And this year has taught us that some aspects of church are harder than others to practice on the internet. When I ask folks what they have missed most about church this past year it’s the fellowship, the relationships, the sense of life together. Rowan Williams notes, “Church is what […]

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Just over a year ago, the world changed dramatically as we entered a pandemic landscape with masks, social distancing, staying at home, and more. We had a year of social and political unrest, injustice, riots, a contentious election all dividing us and beckoning us to take sides on a variety of issues. For me, this […]

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I’m excited about my friend J.R. Briggs’ forthcoming book and accompanying master class, A Time to Heal. In the ashes of a pandemic world, what we need most right now, is healing. the church needs to reclaim a central aspect of our identity as a community of healing. In my latest book, Fresh Expressions in […]

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We asked some FX Staff and Friends how they speak about the Cross, especially with unchurched folks. Here is Part Two of some of the responses we got. Our hope is that these responses (here’s Part One) can provide you with some good food for thought, good ideas, and even spur some great conversations this […]

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With vaccinations rolling out around the world everything is changing again! It’s impossible to predict what to expect in the years to come, but there are clear trends that church leaders need to reflect on. Here are some questions to consider as you discern your church’s next steps. With everything that has happened over the […]

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