Luke Edwards

I don’t care who you are, tourists are annoying. In my community we whisper silent curses when stuck behind an out-of-state car driving 10 mph under the speed limit, looking at the scenery of our NC mountains. When I travel, I do my best to blend in with the locals, but there’s no hiding it: […]

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Shannon Kiser

Recently, the Northern Virginia Pioneer Learning Community kicked off with a mixture of participants—some who are in the midst of starting fresh expressions of church, and some who are in the early idea stages of getting their churches involved in a fresh expression initiative. Along the Spectrum For those who are in the early stages, […]

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Shannon Kiser

I was playing Giant Jenga with a group of existing church leaders and fresh expressions leaders. In case you’re not familiar, the object of Jenga is to remove blocks one by one from a sturdy tower, replacing them layer by layer on top, thus creating a higher, increasingly precarious tower. I began to notice some […]

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Shannon Kiser

I live in the nation’s capital. There is a badge of honor worn proudly around here, and it’s called “busyness.” The extent of one’s busyness is understood as being directly correlated to their value and purpose. “How are you?” “I’m busy; I’m extremely busy; I’ve never been so busy.” I confess that I, too, have […]

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Verlon Fosner

The topic of starting new churches today needs a more honest discussion about “place.” A review of the past one hundred years reveals that almost all new churches have been started in middle and upper class neighborhoods. It might be time to reevaluate where we are locating our new churches. It might be time to […]

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Gannon Sims

When we use the term pioneer, we mean someone who will pave a different way forward. Pioneers can’t help it. It’s in their DNA. Jonny Baker, a leader of pioneer mission training in the UK, says pioneers “have the gift of not fitting in.” He insists that they’re not “the awkward squad.” They just look […]

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Travis Collins

Travis Collins, Mission Strategist for Fresh Expressions US and Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Huntsville explains why it’s inevitable that some fresh expressions fail, and what to do when that happens.

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Gannon Sims

Do not let your hearts be troubled, trust in God. Trust also in me. John 14:1 In all of our anxious talk about the future of the church, we sometimes forget that we’ve been here before. When Jesus gathered his little start-up community for a meal in a rented upstairs space, he shared with them […]

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Shannon Kiser

A friend of mine loves chemistry…actually majored in it in college. My daughter did not enjoy high school chemistry AT ALL. What’s the difference? It’s not just that one is wired to like science and the other to hate it. The difference is: my friend learned chemistry in an era of lots of hands-on experiments […]

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Shawn Mickschl

There have been countless times in the last four years that I have thought, “I’m crazy! This is crazy! Why are we doing this?” I don’t feel that way anymore—and it’s because of my experience it in a Pioneer Learning Community! “These Are My People” Have you ever been in the middle of something, for […]

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