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“We’ve got this mantra that we use: More grace, less judgment. We’ve really, really pushed that with our friends. We don’t care what your past is. We want to build your future. There’s just been so much change in people that we’ve witnessed and it’s exciting!”

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Luke Edwards

Reaching out to the community has sparked a new energy in Snow Hill UMC. Pastor Johnston noted, “Sunday morning is on fire from the excitement of folks who thought we were dead, but now have hope.”

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We made some surface changes that allowed us to see low hanging fruit, but knew that in order for us to see a shift upwards in our life cycle we needed to help the congregation see deeper than just the surface. We spent a considerable amount of time praying, researching our current reality and our community in order to determine the best next steps. Fresh Expressions of Church is us putting into motion what we hear from God!

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Ann Marie Carley

It became clear that without altering our expectations of what church had to look like, our church as we knew and loved it would be in danger of no longer existing.

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Mark Cryderman

At Dinner Church, programs and professionalism quickly give way to telling stories about Jesus. Knowing Him is our highest priority. It’s simple, I know- but simple satisfies.

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Shannon Kiser

It all begins with relationships and a willingness to engage in spiritual conversations along the way.

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Gannon Sims

Eight years ago my wife and I were assessed as collegiate church planters. I was awarded a part time role with a start-up ministry called Fresh Expressions and we were handed the keys to a denominational campus ministry building. We knew we were called to ministry and called to plant a church but in our […]

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Chris Backert

How then will we demonstrate and declare the gospel to the increasing number of people who just won’t come to church? The answer is nothing short of cultivating creative communities of faith – right where people are – in the midst of their life.

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Mark Cryderman

When I was a teenager, I asked my Dad how to grow in my love for Jesus.  I followed Jesus, but I didn’t “love” him.  I wanted to love with all my heart and with all my soul – not just with my mind.  Although I knew all about Jesus’ historical salvation work on the […]

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Carey Sims

In the midst of over-scheduled lives and increasing demands, how do we gain access into busy lives to share the good news?  As we think about Fresh Expressions of church and this idea of meeting people where they are – dare I say, interrupting their lives, I am reminded that sometimes people want to be […]

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