Chris Backert

When I was a junior in college, the car I had brought with me from high school gave up its ghost.  Driving along one day, the engine decided it had run too long. I was without a vehicle for several months until I mustered enough money to purchase a 1998 Dodge Neon with only 7,000 […]

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Mark Cryderman

Since I was old enough to float – I appreciated the impact that the YMCA had on families. My mother would attach a “floaty” (a belt with an oval egg shaped piece of foam on my back) while she and the other ladies did the 60’s version of water aerobics. Even as a youngster, I […]

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Jon Davis

I was speaking recently to a church congregation and made this statement; Fresh Expressions is not a church growth strategy, rather it is a Kingdom growth strategy. I believe there is a significant difference between these two perspectives. Throughout scripture, from Genesis to Revelation we read the theme of God establishing His Kingdom on earth, […]

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Michael Beck

I was recently working with one of our districts in the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church to set up a district fresh expressions team. I was sharing about how the fresh expressions movement, alongside existing congregations, helps Methodists to become “more vile” again. One of the folks on that team looked at me […]

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Luke Edwards

  My favorite part of Advent is getting to dust off that old Book of Isaiah. Isaiah’s prophecies of the coming kingdom paint a picture of peace and harmony better than anything we could imagine. “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The wolf will live with […]

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In 2009, I moved to Austin ready to give up my dreams of being a part of a fresh expression of church. I had given a few years to helping with a church plant and a multi-site mega-church. Both were difficult experiences emotionally, spiritually and financially. It was hard to know if any fruit had […]

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