Welford Orrock

The process of developing Fresh Expressions of church is nothing short of missional experimentation in the absolute best sense of the term “experimentation”. One may bristle at the thought of experimenting in ministry, as it defies the certainty we so often want to bring into new efforts. New effort means new investments of every sort. […]

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Gannon Sims

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door and he preached the word to them. -Mark 2: 1-2 We don’t often picture Jesus at home. Most often, we picture Jesus on the […]

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Dan Carlton

My sense is that most churches started as fresh expressions of church. At least that is what they want to believe. They started a church in order to reach people for the gospel who have not yet been reached. Over time that initial burst of missionary attitude gives way to a more formal, institutional expression of the […]

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Travis Collins

A transvestite showed up one day and was welcomed, though he was not in the “target demographic.” A businessman sitting nearby overheard the conversation on another day and walked over to say how much he appreciated what was going on. A lady who is “up in age” drives forty-five minutes from her rural home to be part […]

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Cindy Bolden

I have many “loves” in my life.  Persons, places, coffee, and sharing a good news word with others rank at the top of my “love list.”  It’s no surprise that I spend a good portion of my week in the community drinking coffee, sharing stories, and talking about love. Love takes many forms and can […]

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Kris Beckert

Part I: Inevitable Outcome? Today most of us are more mindful of the effects of terrorism than we are about atomic bombs. But in the 1950’s, when atomic bombs became real to a world where nations were trying to one-up one another month by month, people devised ways to protect themselves in case of an […]

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Gannon Sims

It’s a question we’re frequently asked, and for good reason. Is there a difference between church planting and Fresh Expressions of church? To answer the question, we need to look at the objective. Fresh Expressions are new forms of church for people who are not yet part of any church. Some people in a Fresh […]

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Imagine this: You grew up going to church. Your best friends were in youth group. Then you went to a Christian college where you met your Christian spouse. The bridesmaids and groomsmen in your wedding were Christian friends. You moved to a new city to start a family. You made your first friends at church […]

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Gannon Sims

The story of Vincent Van Gogh is familiar to many of us. In his early career, he was a pastor and preacher but his church thought he was overzealous, too spiritual, too much of a dreamer; so they kicked him out. Shortly thereafter, Van Gogh traded preaching for a paintbrush. The landscape in Van Gogh’s […]

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Gannon Sims

The following is an excerpt from a sermon preached on the Fifth Sunday in Lent. The story of St. Patrick is a lot more compelling than our celebrations of him. In some ways, Patrick’s situation was like ours today. The Roman Empire had become largely Christian; however, during Patrick’s time (as is the case now), Christianity was in decline. Patrick’s grandparents […]

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