Michael Moynagh

A Mixed Economy? It’s easy to go through life, only interacting with people just like themselves. For many churches is no different. There is a growing need for churches that are a “mixed economy.” These churches thrive be on creating opportunities for old and new expressions of the church to be a blessing to each other. The term was coined […]

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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

Our Communications Director Gannon Sims sat down with Seth Horrell, pastor of North Riverside Baptist Church in Newport News, Virginia. North Riverside Baptist is the host church of our Tidewater Vision Day on October 9. GS: What do you know about the work of Fresh Expressions? SH: I first ran across UK Fresh Expressions on […]

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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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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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Gannon Sims

It’s a question we’re frequently asked, and for good reason. Is there a difference between church planting and Fresh Expressions of church? To answer the question, we need to look at the objective. Fresh Expressions are new forms of church for people who are not yet part of any church. Some people in a Fresh […]

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Our job is not to water down the faith so that the Gospel becomes credible to the modern world—our job is to make the world credible to the Gospel. -Stanley Hauerwas The week leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection surprised a lot of people, not least of all Jesus’ own disciples. Fittingly, our first […]

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Gannon Sims

“To encounter crisis is to encounter the possibility of truly being the church.” So says South African Theologian David Bosh in his magisterial work: Transforming Mission. Bosh notes that the Japanese character for ‘crisis’ is a combination of the characters for ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity’. So, in his estimation, crisis is not the end of opportunity […]

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God made me for a purpose. But He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure. –Eric Liddell, Chariots of Fire Now I am no Olympian and I did not train for the Olympics as Eric Liddell did. Liddell was by all accounts an exemplary Christian. He stood for God’s Sabbath […]

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