Michael Beck

We had a scare one week at The Villages Charter Schools. The threat of a gunman put the schools on immediate lock down. Law enforcement swarmed the area, helicopters zipped by overhead, my wife, Jill Beck and I frantically texted our children, trying to find out if they were okay. While in this case, the […]

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Stacy Deyerle

Sometimes, success looks like a folded slip of paper.   We host a weekly community dinner at our church and payment is anonymous.  Two weeks ago, mixed in with the cash and checks was a folded piece of blank paper that to a casual eye would have looked like a check when it slipped in […]

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Dustin Mailman

Loving the Unlovable I like to spend time at the Wal-Mart bus stop.  This may sound odd, but it’s a place where I can listen to people and connect with the community. One day a week I sit with those moving from one place to another, sometimes in silence, other times in deep conversations. I […]

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As I think back to all that happened at the National Gathering, I find myself in a constant state of processing.  We were blessed with moving speakers, idea-sparking forums, and inspiring workshops.  It’s hard to believe I have so much to process and I only got to go to a handful of the forums and […]

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The Fresh Expressions National Gathering, Steeple to Street begins Thursday! If you have not registered yet, what are you waiting for? Just go here. If you can’t make it to the gathering, make sure you follow us on Twitter at @FreshExpressionsUS and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FExpressionsUS, as well as our blog FreshExpressionsUS.org. We’ll be live-tweeting, […]

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Michael Beck

About our guest writer:  Reverend Walter Edwards was a United Methodist pastor for over 50 years.  He graduated from Asbury College, where he studied History, Greek, and Psychology.  He earned his Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology and served as the district superintendent of the North Central District in the Florida Conference of […]

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David Fitch

Join David Fitch Wednesday, February 28th for a webinar on this topic. Register here. About ten years ago, Willow Creek, an iconic American church, sought to ‘engage’ its neighborhoods by inviting Randy Frazee to do what he called “the neighborhood initiative.” I don’t know the finer details, but the basic idea was to form groups […]

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Gannon Sims

It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s not. We’re pleased to announce the addition of three new mission partners representing three distinct regions and traditions: The American Baptist Churches of Vermont and New Hampshire, the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Central Florida Diocese of the Episcopal Church. […]

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Kris Beckert

It popped across my newsfeed as the snow was falling outside. The first significant snowfall of 2018 had arrived here in Virginia, and I was sitting at my desk in the church office, space heater on full blast, working on a list of goals and missions for the new year when a friend posted an […]

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Shannon Kiser

I was watching the team set up for a Community Dinner Church. The elements of the meal had been prepared in the homes of volunteers, and everyone was arriving with their contribution to the meal. Serving trays and chafing dishes, chili and homemade desserts. Tablecloths were being pulled out of bins, and tables were being […]

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