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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Michael Beck

I was recently working with one of our districts in the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church to set up a district fresh expressions team. I was sharing about how the fresh expressions movement, alongside existing congregations, helps Methodists to become “more vile” again. One of the folks on that team looked at me […]

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Shannon Kiser

“How do you catch a traditional, homogenous congregation onto new-ness in mission as a layperson?” If you get focused on trying to “win” an entire traditional, homogenous congregation into a fresh expression type mission posture, you’re going to find yourself quickly frustrated.  But there may be ways to invite some in the congregation to imagine […]

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Matt Hill

Rock climbing for a seven-year-old? Really? A year ago, my seven-year-old son Aaron had the opportunity to go with a friend to a local rock climbing center. Not the type where you climb without ropes on massive walls of granite, but the type of rock climbing where you hook on to a rope and climb […]

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David Fitch

Join David Fitch Wednesday, February 28th for a webinar on this topic. Register here. About ten years ago, Willow Creek, an iconic American church, sought to ‘engage’ its neighborhoods by inviting Randy Frazee to do what he called “the neighborhood initiative.” I don’t know the finer details, but the basic idea was to form groups […]

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Shannon Kiser

I was watching the team set up for a Community Dinner Church. The elements of the meal had been prepared in the homes of volunteers, and everyone was arriving with their contribution to the meal. Serving trays and chafing dishes, chili and homemade desserts. Tablecloths were being pulled out of bins, and tables were being […]

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Michael Beck

Early in my ministry as the pastor of Wildwood United Methodist Church, one of my “-isms” manifested in a death-dealing way. Caught up in a workaholic drive to grow the church, I neglected my wife, children and my relationship with Jesus (yes, it is possible to work for God and not walk with God). During […]

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Shannon Kiser

Many churches in North America are completely disconnected from the people around them. They are waiting for people to come to their church, and less and less people are finding their way to their doors. If this describes your church, then you may be unaware of some of the barriers that exist between you and […]

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Chris Backert

Before we create new models and solutions, we need to understand the situation better, taking a closer look at the external factors that are facing the church in our current age. This will allow for a more effective synthesis of the key points of contrast between traditional church structures and contemporary environmental forces. From this, […]

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Shannon Kiser

One of the principles behind fresh expressions of church is “bringing the church that Jesus loves closer to the people Jesus loves.” In other words, it is a form of church that emerges out of the context where people are.  It is about being in relationship with people, loving, serving, building community, all done in […]

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