Chris Backert

When I was a junior in college, the car I had brought with me from high school gave up its ghost.  Driving along one day, the engine decided it had run too long. I was without a vehicle for several months until I mustered enough money to purchase a 1998 Dodge Neon with only 7,000 […]

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Dee Stokes

By virtue of my experience and education, I consider myself a “leadership expert.” Not that it means anything to you or I other than, I am passionate about leadership. We need better, fiercer, more anointed, more dedicated, more focused, leaders who care about others and the work. Let me fill you in on a secret, […]

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There’s been a change in how people relate to church in North America. The fact is that people are less and less likely to walk into our church buildings on a Sunday morning. When we realized that about three years ago at First Church, Williamsport, we started pursuing fresh expressions of church. Our conviction intensified. We couldn’t […]

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Michael Beck

Being sent out to pioneer is a “lambs in the midst of wolves” kind of endeavor (Luke 10:1-6). We must be called and gifted by the Spirit to do it, and we must always do it in community with others, but there are certain practices that can sustain us in this long, challenging, and slow […]

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Shannon Kiser

“I think I was a bit naïve…” After a year of working on a fresh expression of church, a pioneer was reflecting on how the mission wasn’t as far along as he had expected or hoped.  “Maybe I just thought people would like me and everything would build from there.  Or maybe I just didn’t […]

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Verlon Fosner

The day of my “Macedonian call” experience started off as an ordinary day. I left my office driving to an appointment. At that time I was serving as the lead pastor of an 85-year old church in Seattle that was in decline, and we were prayerfully wondering how to regain our influence in our city. […]

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A fresh expression is a form of church that exists specifically for people who don’t already “go to church.” There are fresh expressions with cowboys, bikers, preschool moms and restaurant workers. A fresh expression might meet in a tattoo parlor, a pub or dog park. Which, when you think of it, can actually get to […]

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How does someone get started in launching and growing a fresh expression of Church? The best way to learn the ins and outs is through participating in a Fresh Expressions Learning Community. These Learning Communities train leaders, who we call ‘pioneers’, to become mission entrepreneurs. Pioneers are people who have the stirrings to go beyond […]

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Michael Beck

Port Orange, Florida—Can church happen and disciples be formed around a basketball hoop in a church parking lot? Todd and Brittany Leclair say yes! Basketballs, hoops, pizza, Christian Scriptures, prayer, and sweaty young people of all races make up this fresh expression tethered to First Port Orange United Methodist Church in Florida. Todd said, “Our […]

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When you see how packed the Fresh Expressions US calendar is for the rest of 2018, it is hard to believe that the movement is just over six years old. In less than a decade, the ministry has gone from the dream of a few pioneering leaders to a growing, nation-wide effort providing resources and […]

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