Travis Collins

I was twenty-two when I had a mystical experience which I remember vividly.  I was crossing a wide street, heavy with traffic, in downtown Caracas, Venezuela.  Somewhat similar to (albeit less dramatic than) Paul’s experience on the Damascus road, I had an awakening.  It hit me: “There aren’t many people who love this kind of […]

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Ken Carter

One of the key insights in the Fresh Expressions movement is the emergence of the power of networks in the western world at the beginning of the 21st century.  As the team writes in Mission Shaped Church (MSC), “networks have not replaced neighborhoods, but they change them”; and, at the same time, “community is increasingly being […]

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How do you “become a missionary?” Often, the process begins with getting a theological degree and learning a new language. As Christendom loses its hold on the West, we’re learning that all Christians must be missionaries, and all churches must be missionary churches. For the last year and a half or so, I have been […]

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Michael Moynagh

Do you feel called to the pastoral ministry rather than to start new types of church? If so, your pastoral gifts may be exactly what fresh expressions of church need. Most likely you are not the right person to start new Christian communities in the daily lives of your congregation. That’s because you are not […]

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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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Travis Collins

When we look out into God’s Creation, birth is seen as an indicator of health. When an organism gives birth to one, two, three, or more new organisms, it passes on new life to the next generation, to a new generation with different DNA and perhaps a different role in the world. When it comes […]

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Gannon Sims

In less than 48 hours, leaders from across the country will join the Fresh Expressions National Gathering in Alexandria. And every presenter, attendee and volunteer will have a story to share. Some of the stories will be obvious, some not as much. Throughout the event we’ll share stories of several emerging and maturing fresh expressions […]

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Recently I found myself singing under my breath the repetitive chorus of a popular song: “How am I going to be an optimist about this?” In the midst of my daily crumblings, it did feel like the end of something, and I started to consider this song, which I’d seen performed on Saturday Night Live, […]

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In 2009, I moved to Austin ready to give up my dreams of being a part of a fresh expression of church. I had given a few years to helping with a church plant and a multi-site mega-church. Both were difficult experiences emotionally, spiritually and financially. It was hard to know if any fruit had […]

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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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