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Chris Backert, national director of Fresh Expressions US, says that too few “churches in North America have really grappled with the post-Christian reality.” Yet he believes that if churches seriously invest in tactical, contextual communities, the American church “can still make the shifts that are needed to be fruitful in the future. If churches wait another 10 years, that will be challenging.”

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Since so many churches can be culturally homogeneous, one of the biggest opportunities for local churches is to start fresh expressions for people from different cultures.

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Kris Beckert

“Tell me, what do you have in your house?” Sometimes people look at me like I have three heads when I share with them what it means to start fresh expressions of church. For some, it’s because the whole idea is difficult to wrap their minds around, but others just don’t know where to start. […]

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Fewer people want to be involved in traditional Churches. You and your church can start a “fresh expression”—a new kind of church, dedicated to people who don’t go to church.

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Ann Marie Carley

This gift of discomfort was the catalyst needed to birth a movement of fresh expressions of church.

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Verlon Fosner

We had found our people. The tears rolled as my wife and I walked away from the final session and said to each other, “we are not alone after all!”

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J.R. Briggs

Last month, I was in a room in Central Pennsylvania with North American leaders and kingdom practitioners from around the country for a retreat. After lunch we centered our conversation around this question: “Where is the Church in North America heading and what are the implications?” For those who know me, you know I am passionate about discussing a great question. And this certainly is a significant one. 

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Here’s the current reality in North Carolina: On any given Sunday only 22% of the population in Western North Carolina is in worship. Over the past two decades not one county in the US has grown in overall church attendance/participation and that includes areas where mega-churches exist. When the overall population of the US has […]

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From the Post-Gathering at our 2014 FX National Gathering- Fresh Expressions in the Workplace A practical rationale for church for the workplace: A rapid tour through Christian views of work, with fresh expressions as the punch line. Watch the rest here.

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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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