Shannon Kiser

Be honest… when you think of a pioneer leader for a fresh expression of church, a picture probably forms in your mind’s eye. That picture is likely someone who is super-charismatic, super-knowledgable, super-talented… frankly, super-human. You probably don’t picture yourself. You probably look in the mirror, and an ordinary person looks back at you. But […]

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For our fresh expressions of Church to be truly Jesus-like communities, they must have a clear focus on those who need to receive God’s love, without any expectation of how those people will be able to respond.

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What difference would it make for you as a leader and for your ministry if you KNEW you were being prayed for? If you knew that intercessors were in place to support the mission God has given you? Can intercession offer you something that will help propel you forward in mission? Does what you are […]

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Have you ever been stumbling down a path and come to a vista? What had been tree after tree after tree broke open into a larger view and perspective? Do you remember how you breathed deep and took in the view and felt alive? That’s the same kind of thing that happens in a Fresh […]

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Pioneering is hard work, and it takes a toll!  Ministry leaders are most often poor at taking care of themselves. Many struggle with problems from anxiety, depression, marital and relational difficulties, and finally ministerial burnout. The high stakes and regular failure found in pioneering ministry can make this even more likely. With proper formation, guidance, […]

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Shannon Kiser

What do you do if all of your friends are Christians, but you want to reach beyond the church? Or, what if you’re new in town? Or you want to reach out to a specific group of people, but don’t know anyone in that community? What you need is a “Person of Peace.” In Fresh […]

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Michael Beck

This is a continuation of a series of reflections on sustaining health as a pioneer. This is a continuation of a series of reflections on sustaining health as a pioneer. Being innovators, who help people, churches, and systems, reach forward to grasp the rope of hope God has sent from the future is not easy […]

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A fresh expression is a form of church that exists specifically for people who don’t already “go to church.” There are fresh expressions with cowboys, bikers, preschool moms and restaurant workers. A fresh expression might meet in a tattoo parlor, a pub or dog park. Which, when you think of it, can actually get to […]

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Gannon Sims

Starting a New Community? Follow the New Commandment. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. This sentence in John’s gospel is called the new commandment. It’s core to Jesus’s teaching and it’s core to building communities that look and act like Jesus. The action—as I have loved, so you must—is what […]

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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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