Michael Beck

This is a moment to equip individuals and families for home-centered worship, discipleship, and service.

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John Chandler

Some of us memorized Micah 6:8, one of the great summary verses in the entire Bible.  The Lord tells us what he’s interested in having his people give their lives to – to do justice, love kindness, walk humbly.  Just before these three things, the prophet also tells us what God is not interested in.  […]

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Have you ever tried to get your church to start something new, only to get blocked by leaders paralyzed by fear? Have you ever seen the best and brightest lights snuffed out by a panic-stricken institution? Have you started a new church, ministry or fresh expression only to find yourself completely burned out from years […]

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How do you plant 55 dinner churches in just a few years? It might sound crazy, but that’s what has happened since one Methodist District set out to develop a regional plan for starting fresh expressions of Church. What would happen if you asked the Holy Spirit to do something, not just in your church, […]

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Thinking Outside the Church: Episode 5 “Bridging the Gap” “Discipleship is a long obedience in the same direction.” ~Eugene Peterson Ben hosts the conversation with Mitch Marcello and Matt Lake, who are trainers and coaches with Fresh Expressions US. Matt and Mitch work together at First United Methodist Church in Williamsport, PA, where Matt is […]

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Thinking Outside the Church: Episode 4 “What is Fresh Expressions?” Ben interviews Shannon Kiser, who is the Director of Training at Fresh Expressions. She explains the purpose of Fresh Expressions, and how churches can begin to live out that purpose. Listen here Resources: Read Shannon’s Fresh Expressions blog: https://freshexpressionsus.org/author/shannon-kiser/ To learn more about Fresh Expressions, […]

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Many average-sized churches have assumed that they don’t have the resources or numbers to plant new churches. But what if you don’t have to have a congregation of 1000+ to plant new churches? Chasing after God’s vision for multiplication ministry, Community Evangelical Church in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, has seen a disciple-multiplication vision turn into a […]

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Thinking Outside the Church: Episode 3 “Blended Ecology (Both/And Church)” Ben talks with Michael Beck, who is the Director of Remissioning at Fresh Expressions, and the co-pastor Wildwood United Methodist Church. They talk about what church looks like when it lives out its inherited roots but also branches out into the community to express Christian […]

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Learn how a declining church, in an “unfriendly” city, rediscovered a simple, ancient way of being God’s people. Discover: Why the current approach to Church Planting will never keep up with the need for new Churches How “Dinner Church” was rediscovered How you can create a simple, reproducible church gathering in your city Check out […]

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Thinking Outside the Church: Episode 2 “Being a Church Leader Today” Ben welcomes J.R. Briggs to the podcast to discuss the definition of church and how to become an adaptive church leader.  About J.R.: J.R. Briggs is a National Trainer & Equipper for Fresh Expressions U.S. He is also the Founder of Kairos Partnerships, a […]

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