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Is it a fresh expression?. Does it matter ?. A fresh expression is a form of church for our changing cultures established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church. A fresh expression is a church plant or a new

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Is it a fresh expression

Is it a fresh expression?


Is it a fresh expression

Does it matter ?


Is it a fresh expression

A fresh expression

is a form of church for our

changing cultures

established primarily for the

benefit of people who are

not yet members of any church.


Is it a fresh expression

A fresh expression is a church plant or a new

congregation. It is not a new way to reach people

and add them to an existing congregation. It is not

an old outreach with a new name. (rebrand) Nor is

it a half way house, which people belong to for a

while, on their way into Christian faith, before

crossing over to ‘proper church.’

This is proper church.’

Graham Cray. An Introduction to fresh expressions


Is it a fresh expression

“church planting is a process by which a seed

of the life and message of Jesus, embodied

by a community of Christians is immersed

for mission reasons in a particular cultural

or geographic context.

The intended consequence is that it roots

there, coming to life as a new indigenous

body of Christian disciples well suited to

continue in mission.”

MSC report


Is it a fresh expression

  • 1. A larger city church has started a student congregation.

  • 2.A church in Leicester which has two congregations which meet in the same premises

  • at the same time – one using English, the other using Korean…….

  • 3. A congregation that meets in the school hall

  • at 3.30 pm on Monday afternoons in order to reach parents/carers and their children.

  • 4. People can log onto a cyber-church to receive teaching and pastoral advice,

  • leave prayer requests and share in discussion.

  • 5.An Christian organisation has started a meeting for

  • prostitutes and drug addicts who have been converted through their work.

  • 6.An evangelist is starting a ‘walkers church’ – a monthly hike with

  • Christian meditations en route

  • 7.A gathering in a pub organised by a pioneer after playing football together

  • which includes eating together and prayer

  • 8. A church founded by a Nigerian pastor to reach Nigerians in the City centre


Is it a fresh expression

OHCA

Jesus focus

Jesus followers

Holy

“UP”

Apostolic

Catholic

“OUT”

“OF”

“IN”

One

Church is any expression of the life of Jesus in communal form

Enduring Marks

Fourlinked

Journeys


Is it a fresh expression

“ The foundation of being Christian

is being community centred around

Jesus. Public worship is the

consequence of this reality, not

its creator.”

George Lings


Is it a fresh expression

  • Start at different places

  • The danger of waiting for the perfect church

  • Bigger and broader than we conceive

  • Gathered and dispersed

  • Issues of maturity and sustainability

  • Importance of interdependence


Is it a fresh expression

  • Passion focused more than project

  • Network not just neighbourhood

  • Fluid more than fixed

  • Fragile more than finished

  • Lay not just ordained


Is it a fresh expression

Questions

for discussion?


Is it a fresh expression

http://davemale.typepad.com/churchunplugged/


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