Welford Orrock

“Jesus didn’t tell us to become acquaintances with our neighbors; he called us to love them, and that means we need to have an actual relationship with them.” These words, from The Art of Neighboring, by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon capture well what was for me the most significant take-away from the Fresh Expressions […]

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Kris Beckert

Before being called into ministry and entering seminary, I was an environmental scientist by trade. Much of my job consisted of asking questions, forming hypotheses, designing how I’d test them, and coming up with results. Entering into the Church-world didn’t change the way my brain works—it merely changed the mission and subject of the experiments. […]

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I’m 26 years old and most of my friends want nothing to do with church. In their minds, they know what church is about and they want nothing to do with that. This is my challenge. How do I communicate God’s love in a context that tunes me out the moment they hear the word […]

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Michael Moynagh

I have been studying some of the entrepreneurship research to see what light it throws on pioneering fresh expressions of church. The University of Virginia’s Professor Saras Sarasvathy has caused quite a stir. Based on the meticulous study of a sample of successful entrepreneurs, she has been re-writing much of what we thought was true […]

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Gannon Sims

The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. Matthew 13:44 When we consider fresh expressions of church, images of the Kingdom propel our theory and practice. This is no small task, especially when the full view is hidden from plain sight.   A new study released by the Church of England […]

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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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