Fresh Expressions & Pioneer Ministry
Fresh Expressions is the name of the national, ecumenical, team that encourages and resources new ways of being church, working with Christians from a broad range of denominations and traditions. The movement has resulted in thousands of new congregations being formed alongside more traditional churches.
A fresh expression of church is a form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church.
- It will come into being through principles of listening, service, incarnational mission and making disciples;
- It will have the potential to become a mature expression of church shaped by the gospel and the enduring marks of the church and for its cultural context.
Fresh expressions of church:
- serve those outside church;
- listen to people and enter their culture;
- make discipleship a priority;
- form church.
The Fresh Expressions website provides a vast range of resources to help churches as they explore new ways of being church. Including a series of seven three minute guides which between them provide all the essentials of fresh expressions of church in just 21 minutes.
The guides cover :
- What are fresh expressions of church?
- Five reasons to start a fresh exprerssion of church
- How to start a fresh expression of church
- How to start making disciples
- How to grow mature disciples
- Reproducing your fresh expressions of church
- How to measure fruitfulness
They can be accessed from www.freshexpressions.org.uk/guide/essential
They also support and resource two courses that help people explore why fresh expressions of church are needed (msi) and how to develop one (msm).
mission shaped intro (msi) is a six session course that invites people to rediscover mission and re-imagine church in a changing world.
mission shaped ministry (msm) is a one-year learning journey in a supportive community aimed at equipping people for a lifetime of good practice and learning in growing the church in a changing world. The course is relevant to those wanting to develop traditional church as well as those developing new forms of church.