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“What if they don’t come back?” As vaccination spreads and pandemic restrictions ease, this is the anxious question in the back of many church leader’s minds. Some churches haven’t met in a long time. Others have gathered in limited ways that never really compared to their pre-pandemic participation. When a Church says “it’s time to […]

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Recently, the Fresh Expression led by our own Gannon and Carey Sims was featured in Faith and Leadership. Check it out! When sanctuaries closed their doors in mid-March 2020 in an attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19, not everyone at The Center for Faith and Leadership, a student ministry at the University of Mary Washington, was ready to […]

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The year 2020 brought about seismic shifts in the way we engage in weekly worship, but the Good News of Jesus Christ has remained the same. In this new season of ministry, you need a strategy for telling the old story in whatever setting you find your church can gather in. Hybrid Worship draws on […]

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Verlon Fosner

Introductory training for your Dinner Church is available at the Dinner Church Track of the Resilient Church Academy. Accredited Seminary-Level Training in Dinner Church Strategy and Theology available this Fall. Our nation has been battered by significant societal tidal waves in the past few months. First, we watched a virus sweeping across the country, that […]

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Matt Lake

We are now many months into this season of the pandemic and, like every other pastor I know, I feel the burden and panic of wondering what ministry in this new COVID world looks like and how to lead a church within such a time. But I think the first two weeks of realizing “no […]

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J.R. Briggs

If our churches are to remain true to its purpose – connecting the mission of God to people, regardless of water level – we must be willing to lead courageously, creatively, and compassionately in the future.

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Luke Edwards

In a blog post a few years back, I stated, “One of the greatest contributions of the Fresh Expressions movement is reinvigorating the conversation about what church actually is.” Over the past five years as a part of the fresh expressions movement I have constantly wrestled with the question, “What is church?” Can new forms […]

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One of the things I have thought a lot about over the last two decades is the intersection of technology and church, particularly as it relates to how church communities are formed or mal-formed by their use of technology. The current crisis of quarantines and social distancing has led to nearly all churches developing an […]

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Jon Davis

I have heard it said by many and I have said it myself in recent weeks; We are living in unprecedented times!  Coronavirus / COVID-19 has brought us a new vocabulary of Sheltered at Home, Social Distancing, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and more. It truly is a global event. I agree with the term unprecedented, […]

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