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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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Learn how a declining church, in an “unfriendly” city, rediscovered a simple, ancient way of being God’s people. Discover: Why the current approach to Church Planting will never keep up with the need for new Churches How “Dinner Church” was rediscovered How you can create a simple, reproducible church gathering in your city Check out […]

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“What is God up to?” is the question I’m most often asked. “Have you heard of the dinner church movement?” is my most common answer. LEONARD SWEET, E. STANLEY JONES PROFESSOR OF EVANGELISM AT DREW UNIVERSITY   Dinner Church Collective grew out of a problem that Verlon and Melodee Foster were facing in Seattle. Their […]

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Thinking Outside the Church: Episode 2 “Being a Church Leader Today” Ben welcomes J.R. Briggs to the podcast to discuss the definition of church and how to become an adaptive church leader.  About J.R.: J.R. Briggs is a National Trainer & Equipper for Fresh Expressions U.S. He is also the Founder of Kairos Partnerships, a […]

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In traditional models of church, leadership is a matter of training people to take charge in the existing system. But in a new, fresh expression of church you can’t take anything for granted! This webinar will help you understand the challenge of being a leader, and raising up future leaders, in new and experimental forms […]

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Thinking Outside the Church: Episode 1 “The Modern Reformation” If you’ve been having conversations about how different the church in America feels today than it did a few decades ago, you’re not alone. In this episode, Ben talks with Chris Backert, the Director of Fresh Expressions, about the modern Christian reformation our society is experiencing. […]

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“What would it look like for you to move this idea to action?” The question was the kick in the pants I needed from a coach who had helped me navigate the myriad of ideas swirling around. I could do this thing, I could do the other thing, I could choose yet another course of […]

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Kris Beckert

I remember my first few encounters with Fresh Expressions US, which seem so long ago—but not really… The first was a Vision Day I attended in Northern Virginia as a seminary student in 2012, and the second was the 2013 National Gathering, where I volunteered to do a live-blog each day for the website and […]

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