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You’re invited to a picnic at the tree of life! Our story begins (Gen 2:9), rebegins (Gal 3:13), and continues eternally at the tree (Rev 22:2).     The tree reveals the heart of a dumpster-diving God, who doesn’t waste anything. In a culture obsessed with brand-spanking newness, God’s way of making new is resurrection. […]

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Luke Edwards is a Mission Strategist and Trainer with Fresh Expressions US. He is also the Pastor of King Street Church, a network of fresh expressions in Boone, NC. He is passionate about balancing tradition and innovation to create new forms of church for folks previously excluded from church. You can follow him on twitter at @lukesedwards or […]

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Mark Cryderman

When I was a teenager, I asked my Dad how to grow in my love for Jesus.  I followed Jesus, but I didn’t “love” him.  I wanted to love with all my heart and with all my soul – not just with my mind.  Although I knew all about Jesus’ historical salvation work on the […]

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Carey Sims

In the midst of over-scheduled lives and increasing demands, how do we gain access into busy lives to share the good news?  As we think about Fresh Expressions of church and this idea of meeting people where they are – dare I say, interrupting their lives, I am reminded that sometimes people want to be […]

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The day began gloomy and in a misty rain—just as it should. Driving in the freezing rain, Mumford & Sons consoled and convicted me with the reminder that I am indeed a Hopeless Wanderer. One prayer that would come that evening speaks to the fact that I lack concern for those who come after me. […]

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Have you ever been stumbling down a path and come to a vista? What had been tree after tree after tree broke open into a larger view and perspective? Do you remember how you breathed deep and took in the view and felt alive? That’s the same kind of thing that happens in a Fresh […]

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Gannon Sims

If we extend our imaginations, fresh initiatives lead to movement. As projects create relationships and build community, spiritual questions arise that allow opportunity for those engaged to explore Christian discipleship.

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Jon Davis

Church can be nice and neat, decent and in order, even formal and rigid.  Missions on the other hand can be quite messy, nimble, shifting to a changing context.   How do we bring something as theologically and spiritually rich as the sacraments into a dynamic changing environment of a new type of mission?  There will […]

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March 5th 1:30pmET For many years now, the church in North America has heard figure after figure concerning the steady flow of young people leaving the church. In the midst of these troubling figures, there remains a glimmer of hope for these youth as they transition into young adults. In his new book, Ever Ancient, Ever […]

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If the local church is moving toward becoming a community of missionaries, then we will need a re-imagined set of practices that shape the life of our witnessing communities.  These practices should help disciples of Jesus integrate a life on mission between their home, their neighborhood (or network) and their church community.  In this session, […]

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