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:
Perhaps the greatest weakness in contemporary church planting is that we find it much easier to plant something culturally appropriate than something prophetic. We have always known how to recreate the church of the past. We are learning how to plant church which is relatively contemporary, though often too comfortable. What our world needs is church which is prophetic, in the sense that it offers an imperfect foretaste of a believable future, secured by Christ.
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