After visiting the IKEA in North York a few weeks ago, I had to ask, “What does IKEA have that we—the church—don’t have?” This question is at once tongue-in-cheek and a sober one. On the tongue-in-cheek end of things, they’ve obviously got more comfortable seats, a great deal of marketing geniuses (have you seen their commercials?!) and a multi-million dollar advertising budget! On the sober end of things, IKEA, as a culture, presents and represents a challenge to the church.
This PDF contains the slides from Paul Bayes’ presentation at the 2009 Vital Church Planting Conference.
Sitting on the edge of the stage, his feet shod in bright white running shoes, the Rev. Paul Bayes doesn’t seem like a man on a mission. He patiently answers questions from the crowd, injecting some much needed humour whenever possible…
The ‘Strength’ of the Church is Never Anything Other Than the Strength of the Presence of the Risen Jesus
I am pleased to endorse “Fresh Expressions Canada”. It is an initiative in keeping with our Church’s vision of “growing in membership, faith and service in God’s world”.
It is a creative style of evangelism, drawing people into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It will speak to many who are looking for a fresh expression of our life together in Christ. It represents an imaginative approach to strengthening the witness of a local Christian community.
I encourage you to learn more about this initiative by exploring the newly formed website.
Documentary Now Available: "One Size Fits All?" – Exploring New and Evolving Forms of Church in Canada
http://www.onesizefitsall.ca/Vital Church Planting Conferencehttp://www.onesizefitsall.ca/
Breaking New Ground (1994)See the “official” definition from Fresh Expressions, UKMission Shaped Church (2004)Canadian Fresh Expressions ListSt. Benedict’s Table (Winnipeg)Messy Church (St. John’s NF)Emerge (Montreal)Church on Tap (Port Colborne ON)The Freeway, a Salvation Army church plant in Hamilton ONBack to top of pageSee all articles from this site on Fresh ExpressionsVideo from Allelon’s site of an […]
The heart of evangelism is always the same—helping people take steps towards faith in Jesus—but the ways in which it happens can change from culture to culture, and decade to decade.
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