Messy Church Canada Seeking Quebec Regional Coordinator

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

Messy Church is growing in Quebec! As a result we are seeking a new team member to step into the role of Quebec Regional Coordinator. The Regional Coordinator will work as part of the national Messy Church team and receive practical support by local partners. This is a voluntary position. Details of the position can be […]

Upcoming Messy Church Conference: Meeting Jesus in Messy Church: Loving Jesus, Making Jesus Known, Living Like Jesus

Upcoming Messy Church Conference: Meeting Jesus in Messy Church: Loving Jesus, Making Jesus Known, Living Like Jesus

Posted by on May 7, 2017 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

The Messy Church Canadian Conference is a gathering of people who are dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus with all ages/families in their communities – Messy Church leaders, volunteers and anyone who has a passion for ministering to their communities in an innovative way. Click here to register! On Thursday, October 26th and Friday […]

Mark Dunwoody commissioned as transitional team leader

Mark Dunwoody commissioned as transitional team leader

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

Fresh Expressions Canada (FEC) is excited to announce that Mark Dunwoody has been commissioned as its transitional team leader. Mark replaces Nick Brotherwood who had been FEC’s team leader since its inception in 2008. We wish Mark and his family God’s richest blessings as he takes on this new responsibility.

Research findings into fresh expressions of church published

Research findings into fresh expressions of church published

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

Over 50,600 people are attending fresh expressions of church (fxc) in 21 dioceses across England – and half of these young churches are being led by women and attract twice the number of under-16s compared to parish churches. There are just some of the key findings that have been released in four new reports today […]

Reimagining Church: a diocesan approach

Reimagining Church: a diocesan approach

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

Since October 2015 in the Anglican Diocese of Montreal, Fresh Expressions Canada’s “Reimagining Church: shaped for mission” course, has been successfully presented in seven different parishes and regional ministries.   Courses have been successfully run in ·         the Laurentian Regional Ministry; ·         St. Andrew & St. Mark, Dorval; ·         St. Barnabas, Pierrefonds, and Christ the […]

John Bowen in Cornwall, ON

John Bowen in Cornwall, ON

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

Saturday June 27. Fresh Expressions Canada team member, Dr. John Bowen, will be speaking to the Seaway Glengarry Presbytery (near Cornwall, ON) about evangelism and discipleship under the title “The Missional Church – Out In the World.” John is one of Canada’s foremost thinkers and teachers in the area of the Missional Church. 9 AM […]

Excellent new resources

Excellent new resources

Keynote speaker at the 2014 Vital Church Planting Conference and the Vital Church Conference in Halifax, Mike Moynagh, has written seven, three-minute guides to what he sees as being the essentials of fresh expressions of church (what are fresh expressions of church, why and how to start them, discipleship, multiplying, how to measure fruitfulness, etc.). […]

New Wycliffe Booklet

New Wycliffe Booklet

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

Fresh Expressions Canada team member and author John Bowen, explains, in the first half of the booklet, what is (and is not!) meant by the phrase “fresh expressions of church,” and unpacks why fresh expressions of church might be needed and how they come about.  A case study of the Little Flowers community in Winnipeg, […]

VCP 2015 – Charting our Waters

VCP 2015 – Charting our Waters

Posted by on Nov 28, 2014 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

We’re excited to introduce a new conference concept this year. The ninth edition of the Vital Church Planting Conference, co-sponsored by Fresh Expressions Canada, the Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism and the Anglican Diocese of Toronto,  will have a new look next year. Each session will include four speakers, who will each give a 10- […]

Different name-same content

Different name-same content

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

The Fresh Expressions Course (TFEC): a year to be equipped in planting and sustaining fresh expressions of church The Fresh Expressions Course, (previously known in Canada as mission shaped ministry ) is a one-year, part-time course which takes people on a learning journey as part of a supportive community, training them for ministry in fresh […]

collaborations

collaborations

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

Interest in the now ten years old Fresh Expressions Movement is spreading, not least in the learning that that has accumulated around it. From its beginnings, the Fresh Expressions initiative has had grass-roots ecumenism as one of its guiding values. Fresh Expressions Canada has done its best to follow that principle in various ways: • […]

Vital Church Planting Conference 2014 resources now available

Vital Church Planting Conference 2014 resources now available

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

  Most resources are now available We had another great year at the Vital Church Planting Conference 2014 in Toronto last month, thanks to all those who attended! All available workshop handouts, slides and audio podcasts are now freely available for download here.  Also, HD videos of each of the plenaries can be bought here! […]

Inspiring post from Mike Moynagh!

Inspiring post from Mike Moynagh!

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

“Carol’s Story,” from VCP 2014 & VC Maritimes speaker Mike Moynagh Mike was one of the speakers at two recent conferences the Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism co-sponsored. In a recent post he talked about research showing that innovators often start with where they are and what they know.  “I can see many examples of […]

Two Vital Conferences!

Two Vital Conferences!

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

The end of January and the beginning of February was a busy time for people interested in fresh expressions-related conferences. Both the Vital Church Planting (VCP) conference in Toronto, and the Vital Church Maritimes conference outside Halifax, were co-sponsored by the Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism  and the respective local dioceses. Writing for the Anglican […]

Reimagining Church goes East!

Reimagining Church goes East!

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

The Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island has recently taken the Reimagining Church: shaped for mission course, and made a video series that adapts the material to the distinctive nature of the Anglican Church in the Maritimes. Here, Ryan Sim, of the Fresh Expressions Canada team, interviews Lisa Vaughn, one of the organisers—and […]

Vital Church Planting Conference 2014

Vital Church Planting Conference 2014

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

Church for Every Context Plans for Vital Church Planting 2014 are advancing well. The conference will run from  January 30th-February 1st, 2014, at St. Paul`s, Bloor Street, in downtown Toronto. Speakers are Mike Moynagh & Joe Manafo Read their bios here. Registration opens later this month! Conference website VCP 2014 Facebook page

team leader on the move!

team leader on the move!

“I am all checked-in and, God willing, I will be winging my way to BC early tomorrow morning for three days. Yes, I am Vancouver bound with stops in Victoria and Langley for meetings with Church Planting Canada, and coffee with co-conspirators on the island. It’s my first trip west of the Rockies as team […]

september 2013 update

september 2013 update

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

Hello friends! After what seems like a really long time we are back, with the September edition of the Fresh Expressions Canada (FEC) update. I hope you had a good, restful summer and are ready for a new season of Jesus-centred, mission shaped activity. There is lots to tell you about so here goes.   […]

Fresh Expressions Launched in New Zealand

Fresh Expressions Launched in New Zealand

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

“More than 80 people from a range of denominations attended the official June launch of the Fresh Expressions movement in Christchurch, which took the form of a day-long seminar at Spreydon Baptist Church in Christchurch.Feedback on the day was encouraging, says our Archdeacon for Mission, John Day, who helped run the event. He was assisted […]

“Reimagining Church” in Saskatoon, SK

“Reimagining Church” in Saskatoon, SK

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

“The next Synod of the Diocese of Saskatoon will be held Sept. 12-15, 2013. The Synod meetings will include a series of five workshops, led by Prof. John Bowen from Wycliffe College. The theme of the workshops is “Reimagining Church”.  The workshops are open to all members of the diocese (not just members of synod) […]

Fresh Expressions International Conference

Fresh Expressions International Conference

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

Dave Male, director of the Centre for Pioneer Learning, will host the Fresh Expressions International Conference taking place in Cambridge, England, from September 1st to 6th. Over eighty people from eleven countries will be gathering to learn more about each other and the development of the Fresh Expressions movement around the world. Among them will […]

We have a winner!

We have a winner!

Back in February we invited you to produce a 3 minute Canadian video that shows: a Fresh Expression of Church in your community, or a Church Plant Initiative, or an Innovative Ministry Initiative To say that we were overwhelmed with submissions would be untrue, but the winners of the competition, have produced an excellent video […]

msm online is going live!

msm online is going live!

online is going live this September! “mission shaped ministry is a gem of a resource for anyone involved in reaching beyond the church walls with the good news. With great content, creatively presented, it is an almost-essential tool for anyone engaged in pioneering ministry or thinking about fresh ways of being church. I’ve done the […]

june 2013 update

june 2013 update

        Welcome to our June update! We’ve got lots we want to tell you about. Announcing the winners of our Video Competition; telling you about exciting learning opportunities for those of you wanting to get active in developing fresh expressions of church; and giving you a glimpse of the first major review […]

Nurture & Discipleship in Rural Churches

Nurture & Discipleship in Rural Churches

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

A new UK resource, which may well be of interest to churches in rural situations here in Canada,has recently gone live on the Arthur Rank Centre website at www.arthurrankcentre.org.uk/publications-and-resources/rural-discipleship “Nurture & Discipleship in Rural Churches is an online library of good practice and potential resources for both ordained & lay rural church practitioners, and training or […]

Hour of prayer for fresh expressions of church 2013

Hour of prayer for fresh expressions of church 2013

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

        Join us at midday (local time, wherever you are) on Monday 20th May 2013 to pray for those beyond the reach of the church as it often is, for fresh expressions of church and all who champion, lead or are part of them. You can watch an invitation to pray from […]

march 2013 update

march 2013 update

  march 2013 update “Green Shoots out of Dry Ground: Growing a New Future for the Church in Canada” this exciting new all-Canadian book is beginning to make an impact. Find out what prompted editor John Bowen to to begin work on this project here.   online will go live on Thursday April 4th! “mission […]

Video Contest Announced!

Video Contest Announced!

You are invited to produce a 3 minute Canadian video that shows: a Fresh Expression of Church in your community, or a Church Plant Initiative, or an Innovative Ministry Initiative For ideas, check out the videos posted on this site. What to do: Shoot your video and edit it with voice over, music, transitions and […]

“to reach new people”

“to reach new people”

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

Fresh Expressions Canada team members Jenny Andison and John Bowen were featured at a recent workshop on starting a new service to reach new people.  

App-ventures in church planting

App-ventures in church planting

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

  Ryan Sim (Ontario-based husband, father and church planter) in conversation with with ChurchNext presenter Chris Yaw, about his approach to planting expressions of church that connect with people who have no interest or involvement with traditional church.

Fresh Expressions Canada launches free resource for churches

Fresh Expressions Canada launches free resource for churches

After a year and a half spent developing and testing this new, made in Canada, free resource, “Reimagining Church:shaped for mission” is ready to be launched! Developed by Dr. John Bowen, Professor of Evangelism and Director of the Institute of Evangelism at Wycliffe College (University of Toronto), the five session course helps churches start the […]

Mega meets Fresh!

Mega meets Fresh!

During our visit to London earlier this year, my wife Sue and I had the opportunity to have coffee with Rachel Jordan, National Mission and Evangelism Advisor for the Church of England.  During our conversation we discussed how the Fresh Expressions movement has come to influence the missional thinking of large, successful, attractional churches in […]

Fresh Expressions Canada October 2012 update

Fresh Expressions Canada October 2012 update

october 2012 Hello there!   It’s been far too long since I wrote one of these updates. My apologies! Summer is often a time for travelling and I’ve been doing a little myself recently. The recent Break Out Pioneer Gathering, in Swanwick, England, last month, drew pioneering people from a range of denominations, Anglican, Methodist, […]

mission shaped ministry 2012-13

mission shaped ministry 2012-13

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

This time around the mission shaped ministry course will be offered  as an entirely online course to be called, appropriately enough, MSM online! The course takes participants on a learning journey as part of a supportive community, training them for ministry in fresh expressions of church. To find out more about MSM online! email msm@freshexpressions.ca

ChurchNext TV’s interview with John Bowen

ChurchNext TV’s interview with John Bowen

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

John Bowen: Evangelism for Normal People  Sure, it’s a cheeky way of putting it – but Wycliffe College Evangelism Professor John Bowen has some very serious things to say about how Christians witness to their faith.  His helpful definition for evangelism is: ‘Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, helping people take steps toward discipleship.’ […]

MSM down under!

MSM down under!

Keep visiting the Fresh Expressions Canada website for news on the upcoming MSM online course or email us at msm@freshexpressions.ca

Excellent new video

Excellent new video

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

Summer is a great time for going on trips and meeting family as well as seeing friends old and new. Earlier this year, Fresh Expressions Canada’s Andy & Sue Kalbfleisch, spent some time in England catching up on some of the fresh expressions of church that are emerging there. Andy has produced an excellent short […]

Vital Church Planting Conferences 2013

Vital Church Planting Conferences 2013

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

 Vital Church Planting Conferences 2013 • Toronto: Thursday January 31 to Saturday February 2 • Edmonton: Tuesday February 5 to Thursday February 7       Plenary speaker at both conferences • Bishop Graham Cray Team Leader for Fresh Expressions UK Click here for more details.   Facebook Page

Something’s happening in Ajax, ON

Something’s happening in Ajax, ON

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

Fresh Expressions Canada web manager and church planter extraordinaire, Ryan Sim, writes about a new project he’s been working on here. Scroll down to the article titled “Redeem the commute.”

Making Disciples  – VCP 2012 Workshop by John Bowen & Tim Haughton

Making Disciples – VCP 2012 Workshop by John Bowen & Tim Haughton

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

This is a workshop given by John Bowen & Tim Haughton at the Vital Church Planting Conference 2012. Length: 1h:05m Subscribe to all our Podcasts here

Building Community  – VCP 2012 Workshop by Simon Bell

Building Community – VCP 2012 Workshop by Simon Bell

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

This is a workshop given by Simon Bell at the Vital Church Planting Conference 2012. Length: 1h:03m Subscribe to all our Podcasts here

Serving Needs  – VCP 2012 Workshop by Jon Osmond

Serving Needs – VCP 2012 Workshop by Jon Osmond

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

This is a workshop given by Jon Osmond at the Vital Church Planting Conference 2012. Length: 1h:03m Extra Resources Slides (PDF) Subscribe to all our Podcasts here

Leading a Missional Team – VCP 2012 Workshop by Beth Fellinger

This is a workshop given by Beth Fellinger at the Vital Church Planting Conference 2012. Length: 51m Subscribe to all our Podcasts here

Building a Missional Team – VCP 2012 Workshop by Beth Fellinger

This is a workshop given by Beth Fellinger at the Vital Church Planting Conference 2012. Length: 49m Subscribe to all our Podcasts here

Planning for Mission – VCP 2012 Workshop by Ryan Sim

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

This is a workshop given by Ryan Sim at the Vital Church Planting Conference 2012. Length: 49m Extra Resources Planning Workshop Slides (PDF) Sample Budget (Excel) Sample Budget (PDF) Missional Waymarks 1.9x (Draft PDF – Courtesy of Duke Vipperman) Lego Man in Space Story on CBC Subscribe to all our Podcasts here

Assessing Mission – VCP 2012 Workshop by Duke Vipperman

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

This is a workshop given by Duke Vipperman at the Vital Church Planting Conference 2012. Length: 42m Subscribe to all our Podcasts here

The Formative Journey of Fresh Expressions – VCP 2012 Plenary Session 4 by Dave Male

This is the fourth plenary session given by Dave Male at the Vital Church Planting Conference 2012. Length: 25m Extra Resources PowerPoint Slides Subscribe to all our Podcasts here

8 ways to keep young adults out of your church

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in Fresh Expressions Stories | No Comments

In his blog Norman Ivison writes, “I realise that the church, called to be counter cultural, shouldn’t always pander to the wants and desires of the predominant culture. If it did we would have pews full of Christians singing cheesy Victorian hymns, separating church life from real life and having very convoluted and formal ways […]