Connor Janney

Although a young church, The Way Station Community has already experienced great hardship, great joy, and great displays of God’s grace and provision. The group was founded by Reverend Graham Baird two and a half years ago, and originally met in a movie theater every Sunday at 9:30am as Mission St. Church. After over a […]

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Jon Davis

I was speaking recently to a church congregation and made this statement; Fresh Expressions is not a church growth strategy, rather it is a Kingdom growth strategy. I believe there is a significant difference between these two perspectives. Throughout scripture, from Genesis to Revelation we read the theme of God establishing His Kingdom on earth, […]

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Verlon Fosner

Missiology is the equal blend of theology and sociology. However, most church leaders went to seminary to become theologians not sociologists. It is not unreasonable that most would prefer to focus on theology to the exclusion of sociology. This oversight has caused us to drift toward the ditch of being so heavenly minded that we […]

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Chris Backert

Distributed Responsibility and Organization Leadership in the post-modern, network style organization is dispersed throughout the organization. While modern organizations tended to operate with one singular leader or source of authority, in the new organization, authority is distributed. The organization is not held together by chains-of-command and reporting structures, but rather by a shared mission, vision, […]

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Chris Backert

Organizations have also been waking up to the transitions affecting the wider culture. While some astute business leaders and academicians have been predicting fundamental changes in the structure of organizations for some time, only in the last two decades have those changes begun to ripple throughout the business and non-profit worlds. Today, corporations are recognizing […]

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Verlon Fosner

How should the church respond to the call to serve the poor? Many Fresh Expression Churches will have the opportunity to engage with people from the lower third of the socio-economic ladder, and might even feel “sent” by the Lord to do church for this population. So a good theological understanding of the churches preeminant […]

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Chris Backert

The calling to participate in the mission of God led many families of shared belief to organize missionary societies for the sake of the propagation of the good news of Jesus to unreached peoples. William Carey is often noted as the father of modern missions for his instrumental role in the establishment of the first […]

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Luke Edwards

The most controversial aspect of my ministry, besides the fact that the church I lead meets in a bar, is that I have the audacity to call it ‘church.’ I often catch church people trying to call King Street Church, “King Street Ministries.” I’ll explain our dialogical worship to people and they’ll respond, “Oh, so […]

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Chris Backert

It’s no surprise that today’s world is different than that of yesteryear. The communications revolution is probably having almost as far-reaching an impact on today’s denominations as the new views on authority and structure in the culture are. The new wave of communication technology has flattened many of the traditional hierarchies that are found in […]

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This is an excerpt of an article from the Villages News.  Saturday, April 8 was designated by the United Methodist Church North Central District as the day for district churches to take it from The Steeple to The Streets. “We are encouraging people to get out of the pews, get outside and have God show […]

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