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Being Church, Doing Life

Michael Moynagh's new book, 'Being Church, Doing Life; Creating gospel communities where life happens' is available now. It is currently available for a discounted price of £7.50 for a limited time only from the fresh expressions site. To order your copy now, visit freshexpressions.org.uk/resources/beingchurch

 

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‘Major impact’ of fresh expressions of church: new research

‘Major impact’ of fresh expressions of church: new research

Fresh expressions of church are having a major impact on growth in the Church of England – according to research released on Thursday, January 16, 2014.
 
The detailed study, involving all fresh expressions of church in 10 dioceses, was carried out by the Church Army’s Research Unit for the Church Commissioners. Canon Dr George Lings, the Unit’s Director, said, ‘Nothing else in the Church of England has this level of missional impact and the effect of adding further ecclesial communities.’ 
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Letting the Dogs Out

Yorkshire RTP invite you to a reflective review of

How we engage

with the work of Ordained Pioneer Ministers

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A Pilgrimage for Pioneers

A PILGRIMAGE FOR PIONEERS

To early Christian sites in Ireland

led by Russ Parker and Michael Mitton

7-14th April 2014

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Planters Beware!

Over the years we have seen that those embarking on pioneering something completely new seem to be particularly vulnerable in the process. It seems that planting a new church, initiating a fresh expression of church has its particular dangers.

 

 

 

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The Homogeneous Hot Potato

Over the years, one of the most complex and controversial issues in the field of Christian mission has been the Homogenous Unit Principle (or so called HUP). Partly this is because of its roots in the US ‘church growth’ language, but it is also because of some deeper theological reasons. In this article we want to unpack and explore some of these key issues.  

Expressed at its simplest, the question runs, ‘Is it or is it not acceptable (or desirable) to have Christian communities made up of only one homogenous culture or social group?’ The most learned church leaders, theologians and missiologists around the world strenuously disagree with one another on this question, so it can’t be easy to resolve. That being said, we do believe there is a resolution - one which holds that homogenous groups are right and not right ... but not at the same time or in the same community structure.

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Attractional Church

To speak or not to speak of Attractional Church, that is the question

 

Contexts are different around the world and even within one country ... and furthermore they are changing rapidly. Not only that but how we understand language is different from place to place, even within a single language group like English ... and now even in one place the meaning that we put on particular words is changing.

Faced with this problem, Mike Breen blogs about why he will no longer use the term Attractional Church... and Bob Hopkins, a close colleague but working on the other side of the "Pond", responds with an explanation of why and how it will continue in his vocabulary!


 

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Connecting the Centre to the Edge
  •  By +Graham Cray 

In Church After Christendom Stuart Murray-Williams has written that

  “The brightest hope for church after Christendom is a symbiotic relationship between inherited and emerging churches. We need each other.”

 

 We usually refer to that symbiotic relationship as the mixed economy: a complementary partnership between fresh expressions of church and inherited models of church. But it can be understood in other ways as well. At a recent conference in Germany, Bishop Steven Croft spoke of “connecting the centre to the edge” as one of the keys to the rapid growth of fresh expressions in the UK. 
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Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones- Strategic approaches to evangelism

Our concern over 25 years of exploring church planting is how do you have a strategic understanding, that brings together all the principles into one integrated framework. We have developed this in our “Octagon” teaching which we have written up in our book “Evangelism strategies” (available from our website shop).

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Rural Fresh Expressions on the Share Community
The Share Community is an online gathering place where people who are pioneering (or just interested in) new forms of church can rub shoulders with and support each other.

David Muir has started an interesting group called Rural Fresh Expressions looking at "How to start and maintain new and missional groupings of people centred on Christian faith, which will draw into them the increasing variety of people who inhabit our countryside".

The group can be found here (you will need to register). Do have a look at the rest of the website as there are some interesting and useful discussions and resources.

 
 
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