Verlon Fosner

For many homes, dinnertime has been revisioned as TV time. We have lost the power of the dinner table to shape society. Even the church has lost how powerful a dinner table can be, especially when it comes to reaching unchurched people. With the majority of churches and Christians lagging in confidence when it comes […]

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Jon Davis

[Jesus] said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” —Mark 6:31, NIV The pace of life is faster, more hectic, and more intense than ever before. For many of us, the demands on our time and the pressures we face are incredible. In recent years, we have […]

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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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Shannon Kiser

At the National Gathering in March, several questions were submitted to a Pioneer Panel that did not get asked in person. So we are continuing to offer blog posts to respond to your questions and concerns. “When does relevance become an idol?” When does anything become an idol? When it replaces God’s rightful place in […]

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Dustin Mailman

Loving the Unlovable I like to spend time at the Wal-Mart bus stop.  This may sound odd, but it’s a place where I can listen to people and connect with the community. One day a week I sit with those moving from one place to another, sometimes in silence, other times in deep conversations. I […]

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Michael Beck

About our guest writer:  Reverend Walter Edwards was a United Methodist pastor for over 50 years.  He graduated from Asbury College, where he studied History, Greek, and Psychology.  He earned his Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology and served as the district superintendent of the North Central District in the Florida Conference of […]

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I’m on my third attempt to start a new church. Attempt number 1 was in 2006 when I was only 23 years old. Like a lot of things from that season of my life, it was haphazard and didn’t pan out. I tried a different approach in another city for a few years, and then […]

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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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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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