“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” Revelation 2:4 Being a pastor these days is not easy! Even before the pandemic the phenomenon of burn-out was prevalent. Leaders were quitting the ministry in droves. The last 18-months have amplified these realities. One aspect of burn-out is […]

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The Pandemic has shifted many things in our society, including The Church. But, God’s Church has never and will never close! Jesus promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against it and neither will a pandemic. That’s why we’re taking a moment to celebrate the Universal Church in general and the Black Church […]

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Because Dinner Churches and other Fresh Expressions gather people with little or no experience with church or Scripture, we often serve folks who find the Bible opaque. So, we began looking for “entry points” to the story of what God is doing in the world.  When the early Church faced this problem, they told stories about […]

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We all know the ugly truth – many people attend our churches who come and “sit” or, as we have all learned in the last 18 months, “watch.”   They are there several Sundays each year. They usually find a similar seat in the sanctuary or watch from the same place in their home each time […]

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In fresh expressions of church, careful attention should be made to ensure that our structures submit to the Spirit. But how we get there is an art form requiring attentiveness to the rhythms of life and a posture deep listening to the needs of others and the community around us. Slowing down and paying attention […]

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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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