Forming Church

Risky Worship Liturgy: Swansea & Brecon Diocesan Conference

Last Saturday we were at the Swansea & Brecon Diocesan Conference. As well as our presentation, we were also asked to lead a short time of worship, which we built around the themes of creativity, experimentation and taking risks. The liturgy we used was put together by Justin Groves a few years ago for our own Diocesan Conference in Monmouth. We've posted it below incase you wanted to use all or parts of it within your own contexts: Risky Worship Opening Words We're here again, Lord Your Church ... Read more

Swansea & Brecon Diocesan Conference

On Saturday we were at the Swansea & Brecon Diocesan Conference. It was great to have the opportunity to contribute to the conference and to hear some good news stories about mission around the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon. Here's the slides and notes from our presentation: Slides   Presentation Notes   Thanks to Steve Bunting for posting some photos: Time for worship led by @thelabnewport and @jameshenley pic.twitter.com/dkpJUXfITk — Steven Bunting (@StevenBunting) October 12, 2013   @jameshenley talking passionately about @thelabnewport #S&BDC pic.twitter.com/1fZ10iz6d0 — Steven Bunting (@StevenBunting) October 12, 2013   Show people love and they ... Read more

Young Adult Pioneers: The Biggest Challenge

Over the last few weeks, we've been featuring videos from the Fresh Expressions Young Adult Conferences held earlier this year. Earlier in the year Fresh Expressions brought together pioneer ministers who work with young adults, many of whom are young adults themselves. Out of those conferences have come a series of short films with interview snippets on different topics. This coincided with the release of Authentic Faith by Beth Keith, a piece of research into fresh expressions of church with young adults, which ... Read more

Young Adult Pioneers: Skills and Characteristics of a Pioneer

Over the last few weeks, we've been featuring videos from the Fresh Expressions Young Adult Conferences held earlier this year. Earlier in the year Fresh Expressions brought together pioneer ministers who work with young adults, many of whom are young adults themselves. Out of those conferences have come a series of short films with interview snippets on different topics. This coincided with the release of Authentic Faith by Beth Keith, a piece of research into fresh expressions of church with young adults, which ... Read more

Young Adult Pioneers: What would you say to the wider church?

Over the next few weeks, we're featuring videos from the Fresh Expressions Young Adult Conferences held earlier this year. Earlier in the year Fresh Expressions brought together pioneer ministers who work with young adults, many of whom are young adults themselves. Out of those conferences have come a series of short films with interview snippets on different topics. This coincided with the release of Authentic Faith by Beth Keith, a piece of research into fresh expressions of church with young adults, which features ... Read more

Young Adult Pioneers: Reactions to the Research

Earlier in the year Fresh Expressions brought together pioneer ministers who work with young adults, many of whom are young adults themselves. This coincided with the release of Authentic Faith by Beth Keith, a piece of research into fresh expressions of church with young adults, which features The Lab along with several other communities and churches from around the country. Out of those conferences have come a series of short films with interview snippets on different topics. We're going to feature them ... Read more

Graham Cray ‘on not knowing the end at the beginning’

Graham Cray, Fresh Expressions team leader, has written a great piece for the Journal of Missional Practice on growing church 'not knowing the end at the beginning'. It's a great introduction to what fresh expressions of church are, talks about the role of the Holy Spirit in mission, and lays down some markers for what maturity looks like in a fresh expression. He also presents a challenge to pioneer new forms of church which aren't just culturally appropriate but are also prophetic:   Check out ... Read more

NEW! Pioneer Ministry and Mission Blog Posts

As we enter a new season as a Lab community, with a focus on encouraging experimental forms of church and mission, we're also entering into a new season with the Lab blog. Over the coming weeks, you'll see more of the usual updates on how our different communities are growing, developing and evolving, and how you can support. But we'll also be throwing in more and more new blogs posts about pioneer ministry and mission. These posts will fit into four new categories: 1. ... Read more
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