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When St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Hampton, VA decided to open their gym for kids and parents to have dinner followed by a time of shooting hoops, they didn’t dream that 1. the parents would hang around and 2. it would become a fresh expression of Church! But it did!

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Table of Grace is a Fresh Expression Dinner Church of West Bend UMC in Asheboro, NC where they serve up good food and good news. 

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Kris Beckert

“Excuse me, I didn’t mean to eavesdrop on your conversation, but I wanted you to know I don’t go to church but would go to something like that.” 

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Can Church happen outside, down by the river?

“It reminds us, every Sunday, it IS our Father’s world.”

Check out Randall By the River, a Fresh Expression of Randall UMC in Norwood, NC

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A Video profile of an amazing Fresh Expression: “It’s like a family tree spreading and bringing more people in and it just blows me away! When you see someone that at one time not that long ago was on the very bottom and struggling and suffering and next thing you know they’re proclaiming the glory of God and how God has done it for them and what God can do for someone else.”

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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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