In what sense is it right to call these “fresh expressions”, churches?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2011

We asked Steve Croft:

In what sense is it right to call these “fresh expressions”, churches?

What exactly is a “fresh expression of church”?

Posted by on Sep 8, 2011

We asked Steve Croft:

What exactly is a “fresh expression of church”?

FXCA september update

Posted by on Sep 7, 2011

                                                                   fxca september 2011 update Late last month the Fresh Expressions Canada (FXCA) team had a conference call to update each other about fresh expressions related things we are aware of going on in our respective necks of the woods. This is my first opportunity to share some of that with you. Edmonton, AB, […]

Learning to Start Fresh Expressions of Church (Mission-Shaped Ministry Course)

Posted by on Aug 18, 2011

There is clear evidence these days that one of the most effective forms of evangelism in contemporary North America is church planting. More people come to faith in Christ through new churches than through long-established churches. So how do you begin a new Christian community where none exists at present and where there is little […]

VCP 2011 Podcast Series launched

Posted by on Aug 17, 2011

Today saw the launch of the first two in a series of podcasts featuring all of the  plenary sessions and some of the workshops from this year’s Vital Church Planting Conferences. Each month another set of podcasts will be posted on this site. Here are the details of the first set:-     Beth Fellinger’s […]

VCP 2011 Plenary by Beth Fellinger

Posted by on Aug 17, 2011

This is a plenary talk given by Beth Fellinger at the Vital Church Planting Conference 2011.

Fresh Expressions in the Sacramental Tradition

Posted by on Aug 17, 2011

This is a workshop given by Bishop Stephen Cottrell, and facilitated by Father David Harrison, at the Vital Church Planting Conference 2011.

Vision Days for Regina & Fredericton

Posted by on Jun 28, 2011

The first Fresh Expressions Vision Days in New Brunswick and Saskatchewan.   Fredericton Vision Day on Saturday November 26th, St. John’s Parish Centre, Anglican Parish of Douglas and Nashwaaksis. click here to register. Regina Vision Day on  Saturday February  25th 2012. All Saints Anglican Church 142 Massey Road Regina SK, S4S 4M9 306.586.442 More details […]

FXCA June update

Posted by on Jun 9, 2011

fxca june update In the time between Ascension and Pentecost the church waits and prays. A time for making sense of what has happened, of anticipating what is still to come. A time for remembering that it is God who sets the time frame not us. A time for giving thanks for all God has […]

FXCA may update

Posted by on May 5, 2011

    may2011 update Easter greetings! Jesus’ words to the disciples on the evening of the first Easter day, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you,” ring down the ages and provide a template for our lives as his followers today. We are sent people. People sent by the risen Jesus. Sent […]

Time to start new churches?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2011

In an article in the April edition of Niagara Anglican Online, Dr. John Bowen, (Wycliffe College’s Professor of Evangelism and Director of the Institute of Evangelism,) makes the case for starting new forms of church in our post-Christendom context.

"msm has challenged me…" msm Canada student

Posted by on Apr 18, 2011

A new video shot recently by Andy & Sue  Kalbfleisch, has Graham McCaffrey (a student on the msm Canada course) explaining what the course has meant to him. Watch it here. To find out more the Mission Shaped Ministry (msm) course, click here.

interview with VCP speaker

Posted by on Mar 13, 2011

The Diocese of Edmonton’s Thomas Brauer shot this video of his interview with Bishop Steven Croft, who will be a speaker who will be a speaker at both Vital Church Planting West & Easy conferences this May.

A Brazilian fresh expression of church?

Posted by on Feb 16, 2011

Bishop George Bruce of the Diocese of Ontario tells about a surprising visit to a unique expression of church in the Diocese of  South Western Brazil. click here to view video.

Messy Fiesta, Burgessville, ON

Posted by on Feb 2, 2011

A Messy Fiesta in Burgessville On Saturday, January 29th, thirty-four parish leaders (clergy and lay) braved the wintry weather to attend a Messy Fiesta (a Messy Church workshop from 10 to 3) at the Burgessville United Church in Burgessville Ontario led by Rev. Nancy Rowe and Susan Kalbfleisch. The day began with everyone participating in […]

“this God thing” at the Hard Stone Cafe

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011

The Hard Stone Café (HSC) began at St. John’s (Stone) Anglican Church, in Saint John, NB, in 2002, as a connection point for youth, aged 13– 18yrs, and in particular for youth without a prior connection to church or Christianity.  This was one program in an umbrella of programs created to engage the community directed […]

"Anglican Church of Canada needs to become a mission-shaped Church" says Primate

Posted by on Jan 21, 2011

In a letter to the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop  Fred Hiltz describes  the major issue facing us today. “The Anglican Church of Canada needs to become a mission-shaped Church that speaks with greater relevance to an increasingly secularized country.” (Read the full text of Archbishop Fred’s letter here.) Fresh Expressions Canada is delighted to […]

what will mission-shaped churches look like where you live?

Posted by on Jan 17, 2011

Click here to see Bishop of Ontario, George Bruce, talking about what he thinks mission-shaped churches will look like in Eastern Ontario. Shot and edited by Joan Daniel Lillo, November 2010

FXCA january update

Posted by on Jan 11, 2011

january 2011 update Happy New Year! Just last Friday, members of the Fresh Expressions Canada team and some friends, met via an internet enabled audio conference call on Skype. We were in Edmonton, AB; Ancaster, Hamilton, Toronto, & Ottawa, ON; Montreal, QC; and New Wes Valley, NL! We spent two hours talking and planning for […]

Contemplative Prayer Drumming – oxymoron or fresh expression?

Posted by on Dec 10, 2010

Behold! Something stirs in the English countryside… “Tanworth-in-Arden is a small rural parishbetween Birmingham and Redditch. Paul Cudby, vicar of St Mary Magdalene church, explains what they are doing to reach those who don’t ‘do’ church.” read more

FXCA december update

Posted by on Dec 1, 2010

december 2010 update hi there! I am awestruck by the natural beauty of the aurora captured by photographer Stan Richards over some fields in Iowa some Decembers ago. I have never seen these “northern lights” in such startling colours, and can only imagine the feelings of those who observed it themselves. God has privileged us […]

skate church starts second season

Posted by on Nov 24, 2010

What started out as a problem, turned out to be a wonderful opportunity for the the people of  St. James the Apostle Church in Perth ON.  Many people know the story having seen the video, “Skater Church”, online, or at Vision Days across the country. Reaching out to the skateboarding community in Perth was not […]

Does Canada still need the Church?

Posted by on Nov 11, 2010

You’ve probably seen the headlines, headlines such as: “Churches come tumbling down. . . . Canadian Christendom is destined for history’s sunset.” (Globe and Mail, Christmas 2007) According to Canadian sociologist Reginald Bibby there is a perception, particularly among academics and the media that religion in Canada is a fossil, a vanishing holdover from an […]

FXCA november update

Posted by on Nov 4, 2010

november 2010 update hi there! Well, October proved to be just as busy as I thought it was going to be! Trips to Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland, saw me racking up the Aeroplan miles, and, more importantly, having the opportunity to meet many wonderful people actively  involved in God’s mission where they live. As […]

FXCA october update

Posted by on Oct 6, 2010

october 2010 update hi there! Wow! The events seem to be coming thicker and faster than leaves off the trees at this time of year. It’s a wonderful time but often an exhausting time. Time to remember that is those who wait upon the Lord who are the ones who find their strength renewed. (Isa. […]

Working the edges

Posted by on Sep 29, 2010

Ministry at the edges of Church and culture is a challenge, to say the least.  It is often hard to discern which particular edges should attract our limited mission attention (and budgets).  With challenges in finding both people and money for long-term mission projects, it is often helpful to find “one off” mission opportunities which can still […]

FXCA september update

Posted by on Sep 7, 2010

september 2010 update Hi there! It seems a really long time since I last sat down to key in the last Fresh Expressions Canada  FXCA update back in  early June. Lots of interesting things have happened since then, and there are lots more coming up for the Fall. We are really excited about the launch […]

Discussion: Rural Fresh Expressions in the UK and Canada

Posted by on Aug 10, 2010

Each month the Share website in England sends out  Share Thoughts, a free monthly email with a thought-provoking article, containing material of great interest to the church. In the August edition the article below appeared, which we reproduce in full with the kind permission of Fresh Expressions and Share. We thought it would be of […]

the most rewarding time of my life

Posted by on Aug 3, 2010

In a recent blog posting on the Share website, Canadian  Andy Kalbfleisch, of Ancaster, ON, tells part of his transition from jump rope entrepreneur to filmaker. “Before all this started I wondered if I would be bored when I finally retired. Now I know that the joys of volunteering to share the Gospel story in […]

Lucy's messy Canadian adventure!

Posted by on Jul 19, 2010

Lucy Moore, (inventor of Messy Church,) touched down in Vancouver in June, for ten days of Canadian messiness! Shortly after arriving home in Cowplain, Hampshire, she wrote this in her blog. “The flight home was in the company of a young Canadian figure skater come to train for the summer months at Nottingham ice rink. […]

New Fresh Expressions Canada Video: Cameron House

Posted by on Jun 25, 2010

A Fresh Expression of Church at Cameron House, a women’s shelter in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada in partnership with the Rural Outreach Committee and Faithworks, Anglican Diocese of Toronto.

Worship Not the Starting Point, says Bishop

Posted by on Jun 21, 2010

In the current issue of  “expressions”, the e-newsletter of Fresh Expressions in England, Bishop Graham Cray writes, “One of the most common misunderstandings about fresh expressions is the belief that they are new types of worship service. It is an understandable mistake as worship lies at the heart of the life of the church, and […]

Doing Church Differently

Posted by on Jun 15, 2010

Doing Church Differently By Trina Gallop June 08, 2010 – Brian Bukowski / General Synod Communications Canon Nick Brotherwood The landscape of the church is changing and we are faced with a culture that has, “less knowledge of the faith,” with each successive generation. Through a dynamic presentation full of startling statistics to General Synod 2010 on […]

Go West, young conference…

Posted by on Jun 14, 2010

Standing Stones. Thanks to Margaret Marschall, Editor of the Edmonton/Athabasca paper, The Messenger This morning I was part of a monthly gathering of church planters in Edmonton.  We gather to support and encourage one another, and we take it in turns to discuss issues that are concerning us in our ministries.  At the end of […]

FXCA june update

Posted by on Jun 8, 2010

June 2010 update Hi there! The past six weeks  have been pretty busy, with members of the Fresh Expressions Canada team touching down in Kemptville, ON, the Huron Diocesan Synod, the first Vital Church Planting West conference in Edmonton, the MSM National Teams consultation in Northampton, England, and General Synod in Halifax, NS! Thank you […]

2 Messy Fiestas

Posted by on Jun 8, 2010

“I found the Messy Fiesta event to be exciting and inspiring. With remarkable joy and creativity, Christian worship/education was offered in an inviting, open-minded atmosphere, with wonderful intergenerational appeal. It has huge potential as a means for inviting and welcoming those who are spiritually hungry, but not attracted to a traditional way of doing church. We are delighted at the prospect […]

Wycliffe announces Pioneer Track

Posted by on May 10, 2010

As of September, students registering for the M.Div program at Wycliffe will have two choices: the regular M.Div, to train to be a missional leader of an existing congregation, and the pioneer M.Div, to train to begin new ministries, churches, and fresh expressions of church. The two streams will do the same foundational courses in […]

Skater Church, Perth Ontario

Posted by on May 5, 2010

St. James Anglican Church’s new ministry ‘Skater Church’ meets twice weekly in the church hall with over 60 participants comprising children and youth.  Check out the new video here!

Exponential Liveblog – Wrap-up

Posted by on May 5, 2010

My liveblogging of the Exponential Conference, the largest gathering of church planters in North America, is over.  Most of my posts were notes on specific sessions, and I never reflected on the conference as a whole.  Here is a random collection of surprises, learnings, and people I met: People I met: A pastor considering planting […]

FXCA may update

Posted by on May 5, 2010

may 2010 update Hi there! Back in December we told you about the church in Perth, ON, that had welcomed skateboarders into their hall, after initially chasing them away. Well, Andy & Sue Kalbfleisch took their video camera down to Perth recently and shot an excellent video called “Skater Church.” It’s a wonderful story about […]

Exponential Liveblog – Church Planter Coaching

Posted by on Apr 28, 2010

The conference ended almost a week ago, but here are a few notes from  my final workshop, on coaching. The workshop was with Bob Harrington, a Canadian now living in the southern US, working with the Restore Training Center, all about the training of msisional church planters.  The host church’s web site is but […]

Exponential Liveblog – Brenda Salter McNeil, Shane Claiborne, Dave Gibbons

Posted by on Apr 21, 2010

Wednesday’s last plenary was a mixture of these three speakers, each answering the question, “What does it take to transform a community?” Brenda Salter McNeil is a well known speaker who focused on racial reconciliation using Acts 1:8.  She described reconciliation in “Samaria”, when people are so different they say “God ought to do something […]

Exponential Liveblog – Reggie McNeal, Alan Hirsch, Ed Stetzer & Efrem Smith

Posted by on Apr 21, 2010

This was a plenary session packed with speakers! The first was Reggie McNeal, of the Leadership Network.  He described the Missional Church this way: The people of God (we are not planting an “it” but a “who”) partnering with Him in his redemptive mission in the world Some soundbites from Reggie.  I didn’t find he […]

Exponential Liveblog – Efrem Smith on Multi-Ethnic Launch Teams

Posted by on Apr 21, 2010

My first workshop of the day was with Efrem Smith, who planted Sanctuary Covenant Church, a multi-ethnic church plant in Minneapolis.  He started with a core group of 22, that grew to 80 before launch day. A core team is vital to multi-ethnic planting. It should equip and empower people serving with you around something […]

Exponential Liveblog – Matt Chandler Plenary

Posted by on Apr 21, 2010

This morning’s second plenary was with Matt Chandler once again.  A few soundbites: How do we “behold” Jesus and let his glory transform us? Constantly preach the gospel to yourself Isn’t Ephesians 1-2 just the gospel? God’s working on a plan much bigger than you or I There are too many people involved in the […]

Exponential Liveblog – Ken Blanchard

Posted by on Apr 21, 2010

The first plenary speaker this morning was Ken Blanchard, founder of Lead Like Jesus.  He shared his story of coming to faith as a leadership consultant and author, when he learned “everything I had taught and written about leadership, Jesus already did.”  He described these stages of leadership development, with stories of Jesus forming his […]

Exponential Liveblog – Francis Chan

Posted by on Apr 20, 2010

This morning’s two sessions with Francis Chan were the last of the Exponential pre-conference.  Chan is the high-profile lead pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California.  Just two days ago, however, he announced his resignation, and this topic dominated his powerful message. Chan shared his upcoming transition as a response to Jesus’ call to […]

Exponential Liveblog – Matt Chandler

Posted by on Apr 19, 2010

The second speaker at Monday’s RightNow pre-conference was Matt Chandler.  Before this conference, I knew little about Matt except his recent cancer diagnosis.  Matt pastors The Village Church in Texas. He began with a warning that much of what passes for Christianity today is actually a Moralistic Deism.  He says this has occurred because the […]

Exponential Liveblog: Mark Batterson

Posted by on Apr 19, 2010

Today I am attending a pre-conference, before the main Exponential conference begins tomorrow.  This particular pre-conference is organized by RightNow, a network that aims to help people become “Traders” by trading the life of a consumer for the life of mission, not later, or necessarily somewhere geographically distant, but “right now”. The first speaker was […]

Exponential Conference Liveblog

Posted by on Apr 17, 2010

Stay tuned!  This week, Ryan Sim will be attending the Exponential Conference, the world’s largest gathering of church planters, and liveblogging here.