Fresh Expressions is an international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage our growing post-Christian society.
The term ‘Fresh Expressions of church’ was first used in the Church of England report Mission-shaped Church in 2004. A Fresh Expression, simply put, is a new form of church that is contextualized to ones’ locality. The phrase originated from a pledge within the ordination vows of the Church of England clergy to “proclaim the gospel afresh in every generation”(“How Do You Define a Fresh Expression of Church? | Fresh Expressions”). In 2006 a joint intuitive of the Church of England and the British Methodist Church proclaimed that the definition of a Fresh Expression of Church is “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 (Collins p5)”.
The Fresh Expression movement quickly spread across England as bishops quickly implemented laws that released and recognized new forms of ministry which incorporated ordained and lay pioneer training. In addition, Fresh Expressions has been incorporated by other denominations, and has spread to other countries including Australia, Canada and the USA.
At their core a Fresh Expression of church should incorporate the following core essential components. In that, they are ‘missional’, ‘contextual’, ‘formational’ and ‘ecclesial’.