Posts Tagged: fresh expressions

3 Brilliant Group Resources on Mission

A great way to be inspired and encouraged to engage in mission is to explore what that might look like together with a group of like-minded people. Here are 3 resources on mission we've found useful, which you could look at together with a group of friends, with your missional community or church planting team, in your church council, or with your small group. 1. Mission-Shaped Intro The course runs over six weeks, with a lot of flexibility in how you present it depending ... Read more

Llan, a new monastic community in Cardiff

Llan is a new monastic fresh expression of church based in Cardiff, South Wales, drawing on the very Welsh traditions of monasticism and Celtic spirituality. We showed this Llan video profile at our last mission shaped ministry day and it went down really well. There's also a lot more information on the Llan website, as well as a blog from James Karran, the Baptist pioneer minister who leads it. I particular love the name 'Llan', and it's connection to historical Welsh culture and ... Read more

Mission-shaped Methodism

As we've recently explored the relationship between fresh expressions of church, pioneer ministry and Anglican identity, I've been on the look out for helpful perspectives from other denominations. On my travels I found this video from last April, in which Andrew Roberts explores the relationship between the origins and values of Methodism and new forms of church and pioneer ministry. You can find the original post on the Fresh Expressions website, along with a transcript. Read more

St David’s Continuing Ministerial Development Day

It was great to be with St David's Diocese today to contribute to the CMD day on children, families and young people. You can download the slides from my session on Pioneer Youth Ministry. And here's the free PDF Leaders Guide for the Experiments resource. Here are links to the two books I mentioned in the session: Here be Dragons: Youth Work and Mission Off The Map by Richard & Lorimer Passmore Target: Missional Communities with Young People and Students by Rich Atkinson   And finally, there are lots of ... Read more

Aberystwyth Fresh Expressions Vision Day

It was great to host the Fresh Expressions Vision Day today in Aberystwyth, along with the fantastic Andrew Roberts. As well as the main sessions, I was also asked to use one of the seminar slots to tell some of the story of The Lab and share some of our learning from the last seven years or so of exploring pioneer ministry in Newport. For those of you who were there: Download the slides from my seminar telling the story of The Lab Look through ... Read more

Fresh Expressions and Church Growth Infographics

Here are some infographics which detail key research gathered on fresh expressions of church and growing parish churches. These are courtesy of Fresh Expressions and the Church of England's Church Growth Research Programme report released today: Read the report of the findings so far from the Church of England's Church Growth Research Programme. Read more

10 indicators of a fresh expression of church

What makes a fresh expression of church? On the first day of the mission shaped ministry course we're helping to host in Newport, there was some discussion about what makes something a fresh expression of church. 5 indicators that something is a fresh expression: Was something Christian and communal brought to ‘birth’ that was new and further, rather than an existing group modified? Has the starting group tried to engage with non church goers? There was intention to create a fresh expression of Church, not ... Read more

#8: Fresh expressions and little congregations #TaylorTuesdays

What are the similarities between Taylor's 'little congregations' and fresh expressions of church ? Writing in 1972, Taylor sees the ultimate fruit of the house-church movement of his time being found in the birth of many diverse 'little congregations'. It's remarkable to see the similarities between Taylor's vision and the many fresh expressions of church which are being birthed as new congregations across the UK and further afield. Taylor makes three important observations about these little congregations: They will all be different. Some will be ... 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
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