Friday, November 14, 2008

Fresh Expressions

The Church of England (Anglican/Episcopalian) and Methodist Church has developed the Fresh Expressions.

It aims to help Christians of any denomination think about ways of starting and growing fresh expressions of church in their area. A fresh expression is a form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church.

The web site offers:
a directory of fresh expression churches
news and stories
training opportunities and information regarding jobs
details regarding pioneer ministry
resources and links

There is also a sister site based in Australia:
Which says
"We believe that it takes the whole church to know God and to make Him known across Australia today. We believe that God is calling Christians everywhere to be missionaries in their own backyard. This site is a gateway for all people interested in doing church differently. It is under development and will feature a marketplace with reviews, forums on Australian culture, tips on growing churches and pointers on starting fresh expressions of church."
The site is divided into three main categories:
Culture: which looks at the context we are doing mission in?
Missional thinking; how does scripture shape our thinking and preparation for scripture today.
Fresh Stories: the aim is not to provide a stepping stone into an existing church but to create a new church.
If you are exploring the idea of being missional, starting a new church, developing a new ministry or creating something new God may use these web sites to inspire and help you

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