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We want to reach people with the Jesus story who are far from God, maybe been hurt by churches in the past, or feel lost, broken or unworthy of anyone loving them.

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Cheryl McCarthy

If you are reading this I can safely say you are a passionate pioneering type who is seeking to glean from other pioneering leaders some nugget of advice, equipping or encouragement along your journey.  Am I right?  What about some hard truths that maybe you don’t really want to hear?  Have you ever had one […]

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How do you plant 55 dinner churches in just a few years? It might sound crazy, but that’s what has happened since one Methodist District set out to develop a regional plan for starting fresh expressions of Church. What would happen if you asked the Holy Spirit to do something, not just in your church, […]

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Ash Wednesday begins Lent by reminding us that the journey towards the Cross is one every Christ-follower must make- step by step, selfish impulse by selfish impulse. And Ash Wednesday also reminds us that the time is finite, limited because it reminds us of our mortality.

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Thinking Outside the Church: Episode 5 “Bridging the Gap” “Discipleship is a long obedience in the same direction.” ~Eugene Peterson Ben hosts the conversation with Mitch Marcello and Matt Lake, who are trainers and coaches with Fresh Expressions US. Matt and Mitch work together at First United Methodist Church in Williamsport, PA, where Matt is […]

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Dinner Church continues to build bridges, create community, and point people towards Jesus!

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Thinking Outside the Church: Episode 4 “What is Fresh Expressions?” Ben interviews Shannon Kiser, who is the Director of Training at Fresh Expressions. She explains the purpose of Fresh Expressions, and how churches can begin to live out that purpose. Listen here Resources: Read Shannon’s Fresh Expressions blog: https://freshexpressionsus.org/author/shannon-kiser/ To learn more about Fresh Expressions, […]

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Many average-sized churches have assumed that they don’t have the resources or numbers to plant new churches. But what if you don’t have to have a congregation of 1000+ to plant new churches? Chasing after God’s vision for multiplication ministry, Community Evangelical Church in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, has seen a disciple-multiplication vision turn into a […]

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Ann Marie Carley

When you’re pioneering a Fresh Expression of church, people can’t necessarily see what is happening just below the surface.

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Thinking Outside the Church: Episode 3 “Blended Ecology (Both/And Church)” Ben talks with Michael Beck, who is the Director of Remissioning at Fresh Expressions, and the co-pastor Wildwood United Methodist Church. They talk about what church looks like when it lives out its inherited roots but also branches out into the community to express Christian […]

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