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 http://www.harpethcc.com/ 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.

United Church of Canada’s First Vision Day

Posted by on Apr 12, 2010

On Saturday, April 10th a Fresh Expressions Vision Day was hosted by First United Church, Waterloo, Ontario.  It was a great day with fifty-five lively participants who represented ten churches.  Included were folks from United Churches in the Hamilton Conference, Anglican Churches from the Huron Diocese and the Diocese of Fredericton NB (Dean Kevin Joyce) […]

FXCA april update

Posted by on Apr 8, 2010

april 2010 update Hi there! Hope you had a good Holy Week and a joyful Easter celebration. I had the privilege of being with all fourteen of our family in Cuba, the first time in 27 years I’d been away from home for Easter! It was a very different experience, celebrating Jesus resurrection in Spanish, […]

Bringing Church to Cameron House

Posted by on Apr 7, 2010

Bringing church to Cameron House by Rev. Cathy Stone The Rural Outreach Committee (ROC), of which I am Executive Director, works very closely with Cameron House, a shelter for women in Peterborough, Ontario, owned and operated by the Brock Mission.  Cameron House staff answer ROC’s emergency crisis line evenings, weekends and statutory holidays.  It is […]

FXCA march update

Posted by on Mar 3, 2010

Morraine Lake, AB march 2010 update Hi there! Hope you had a Happy St. David’s Day, or were you like me still recovering from Canada’s nerve-tingling oh-so-close -victory over our southern neighbours in the hockey? The Vital Church Planting East Conference and the  Fresh Expressions  Initiative, are mentioned in the excellent editorial “Don’t touch that […]

"Fresh Expressions is proof the church is not dying" says Archbishop

Posted by on Mar 2, 2010

“Fresh Expressions is proof the church is not dying,” Archbishop Colin Johnson, metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Ontario, is quoted by Kristin Jenkins in her editorial,  “Don’t touch that dial!”, in the March edition of the Anglican Journal. Read the complete piece here.

FXCA february update

Posted by on Feb 15, 2010

fresh expressions canada update february 15 2010 This is a little late this month partly because I wanted to include reports of the fourth annual Vital Church Planting  East Conference in Toronto, and partly because it’s a little late! Thank you to those who signed up to receive this update at the conference, we hope […]

‘Seeing what God is doing and joining in.’

Posted by on Feb 12, 2010

Graham Cray praises a ‘new imagination’ about shape of future Church Speaking to the Church of England’s General Synod  (Thursday 11th February 2010), Fresh Expressions (FE)  Team Leader, Bishop Graham Cray, gave an update on the work of FE, saying much been achieved since the initiative’s launch in 2005 but there is “much, much more […]

“How Did it Go?” “Thanks for Asking!” – A Report from Vital Church Planting East 2010

Posted by on Feb 10, 2010

The fourth annual Anglican church planting conference, hosted jointly by the Diocese of Toronto and the Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism, took place last week at St. Paul’s Bloor Street. Numbers at this conference have grown from 60 in 2007 to 180 this time. As one of my colleagues commented, “Aslan is on the move!” […]

No Plan B!

Posted by on Feb 9, 2010

Rachel Jordan has some advice for Christians who believe that someone else is going to build the kingdom of God here on Earth.“There isn’t a Plan B – you’re it,” she says. “You are the people God has chosen to be his agents right here, right now.” (photo by Michael Hudson, story by Stuart Mann) […]

FXCA january update

Posted by on Jan 14, 2010

fresh expressions canada update january 12 2010 A very Happy New Year to all of you, and especially to those in the Diocese of Ottawa who have recently joined this list following various Fresh Expressions-related events in your diocese. It is already shaping up to be a busy year for Fresh Expressions Canada (FXCA), what […]

Six Reasons to Come to the Church Planting Conference

Posted by on Jan 4, 2010

The arched eyebrow of an 8 year old girl who has just recently mastered the art can be a bone chilling sight. The eyebrow went along with the “Planting churches Mummy ?” that greeted me as I had tidied up some advertising cards for the Vital Church Planting Conference that I had left on the […]

Fresh Expressions training begins to take root in Canada

Posted by on Dec 11, 2009

What exactly is Fresh Expressions? More than anything, it seems to be a spontaneous initiative of the Holy Spirit—if that doesn’t sound too presumptuous. One thing it is not, however, is a program. There is no Fresh Expressions manual with a one-two-three handy-dandy guide to setting up a wonderful fresh expression of church. In some ways, […]

FXCA december update

Posted by on Dec 2, 2009

fresh expressions canada december update december 2 2009 After being blessed with some beautiful weather throughout November, (did you realise not a single flake of snow fell in Toronto for the first time in 160 years?) the arrival of December has been accompanied by more seasonable weather at least here in Montreal. My major travels […]

New Web Site for Creative Communion Ideas

Posted by on Nov 20, 2009

tabled.ca is a site from Sarnia’ s Joe Manafo that will house creative communion ideas. to kick things off, Joe has posted a handful of experiences that were created for theStory, but as time progresses his hope is that it will become a resource that inspires creativity and a renewed appreciation for the eucharist. in […]

November FXCA update

Posted by on Nov 2, 2009

fresh expressions canada november update November 2 2009 The leaves are coming off the trees pretty quickly where I live, and soon we will be into the long, leafless season that persists in many parts of Canada far into May! We trust in the eventual appearance of another spring, but for now we must go […]

Fresh Expressions of the Sacramental Tradition!

Posted by on Nov 2, 2009

“There is a mistaken understanding that fresh expressions of Church are mostly linked to Evangelical churches and traditions.  However, this is simply not true, as can be seen at the website, Fresh Expressions of the Sacramental Tradition.” writes Thomas Brauer Read more

God at the Pub – A Case Study in Fresh Expressions

Posted by on Oct 20, 2009

On Monday nights in Toronto’s Bloor West Village, the Yellow Griffin Pub’s upstairs room hosts “God at the Pub”.  A ministry of Runnymede Community Church for seven years, “God at the Pub” is the result of the church leadership’s fervent prayer and missional impulse to lower the “barriers to entry” posed by their traditional church […]

Mission-Shaped Intro Off to a Great Start in Toronto

Posted by on Oct 19, 2009

Mission Shaped Intro has got off to a great start in Toronto. Twenty people have come faithfully each week to sessions led by John Bowen and Jenny Andison. We have had great group discussion, watched video clips from such movies as Sister Act, and done a number of practical exercises. We have experienced a variety […]

Meet the Jeremiah Community

Posted by on Oct 17, 2009

This introduction to a new monastic, missional community in Toronto’s west end was posted at the Anglican Church of Canada’s Ministry Matters web site. Meet the Jeremiah Community from Anglican Church of Canada on Vimeo. Jeremiah Community members, in order of appearance: The Rev. Lance Dixon, team leader Meagan Crosby-Shearer, pilgrim/spiritual care Rob Crosby-Shearer, director of […]

FXca Stories: Church Member Inspired at Vision Day to Explore Fresh Expressions

Posted by on Oct 17, 2009

I went to the Fresh Expressions Vision Day at Christ Church, Campbellford and I was inspired.  That very next day (Sunday) I did a survey of St. Alban’s, asking questions like what’s your favourite style of music, favourite movie, hobbies, services…. It turned out that a fair # of folks like knitting and crocheting.  So….to […]

Interview with Bishop Graham Cray

Posted by on Oct 17, 2009

In May of this year, Canadian filmakers Bill Kinnon & Imbi Medri shot an interview between Bishop Graham Cray and the Revd Annette Brownlee, discussing the Fresh Expressions Initiative. In a wide ranging conversation filmed at Wycliffe College, Toronto,, Bishop Cray gives an overview of the initiative, as well as describing Anglo Catholic and Evangelical […]

Port Colborne's Church on Tap Featured in Fresh Expressions UK Podcast

Posted by on Oct 17, 2009

Church on Tap, a pub ministry from the Parish of St. James & St. Brendan in Port Colborne and led by Rob Hurkmans, was featured in October’s podcast on the Fresh Expressions UK web site here: http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/podcast/oct09 Church on Tap was also profiled on video by Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch, linked to on our Fresh […]

October FXCA update

Posted by on Oct 5, 2009

fresh expressions canada october update October 5 2009 Hello there! In the time of shortening days, of lengthening darkness, we are called to live as children of light. Jesus doesn’t force us to walk in his light. He invites us. How do I respond to him when he claims, “I am the world’s Light. No […]

FX Pilgrimage Live Blog: Nexus – Sanctus 1 (Emergent Church)

Posted by on Sep 27, 2009

My plan had been to be incognito… At all the other fresh expressions I had approached people with interest and questions… This time my plan had been to just enter as if this was my first time there and see what happened… I arrived in the Northern Quarter of Manchester just before lunch.  As I […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Killamarsh – Small Town Church Plant

Posted by on Sep 25, 2009

Sitting in Allen’s living room – I kept thinking of Nehemiah.  Returning from captivity in Babylonia – back to Israel – first rebuilding the walls – then rebuilding the faith of a nation. A year ago this had been a dilapidated – water damaged – boarded up manse. Ebenezer church had been abandoned five years […]

Cafe Church – A longitudinal Study

Posted by on Sep 23, 2009

From my perch at The Falcon – the longest continuous pub in the U.K. – it’s easy to see that Chester is a tourist town.  The children yelling – left, right – left right – as they follow a tour guide dressed as a Roman Legionnaire – the tourists bustling between shops – snapping pictures […]

Christ Church Central (CCC) – Church plant from Parent Church

Posted by on Sep 22, 2009

In September 2009, Tim Haughton (Minister of Discipleship at St. Paul’s Bloor Street, Toronto) travelled to the UK to explore Fresh Expressions of Church.  He is blogging about his experiences here. My trusty SatNav (invaluable when it takes all your concentration to stay on the left hand side of the road)  led me down into […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: St. Thomas Crookes Sheffield (Cell – Cluster – Celebration)

Posted by on Sep 21, 2009

In September 2009, Tim Haughton (Minister of Discipleship at St. Paul’s Bloor Street, Toronto) travelled to the UK to explore Fresh Expressions of Church.  He is blogging about his experiences here. My plane reading (Clusters – by Mike Breen and Bob Hopkins) had been preparing me for my first site visit.  St. Thomas’ Sheffield is […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Messy Church Round Table – September 14 & 15

Posted by on Sep 17, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. We arrived at Wycliffe Hall (Anglican Theological College at Oxford University) at noon for an intense 24-hour time of worship, prayer, workshops, conversation, sharing, review and discernment for the future of Messy […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Fresh Expressions of Worship

Posted by on Sep 14, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. Sue and I first visited Emmanuel Church in Loughborough in the mid 90’s. Back then it had a traditional interior, dark pews, an organ and a piano. It was a Sunday when […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Fresh Expressions and the Sacraments

Posted by on Sep 13, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. We attended this workshop sponsored by the Diocese of Ely presented by Rev’d Maggi Dawn and Rev’d David Male (see previous post). The workshop dealt primarily with the Eucharist and how to […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Ancient-Future – Changing Church for Changing Times

Posted by on Sep 13, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. While attending a workshop on “Fresh Expressions and the sacraments” at All Saints’ Milton, Diocese of Ely, I took some time at lunch to look in the sanctuary of this ancient church. […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Meeting with Rachel Jordan at Church House on Great Smith Street, London

Posted by on Sep 13, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. We met with Dr. Rachel Jordan, Associate National Mission & Evangelism Advisor (Church of England) who developed the Vision Day PowerPoint program materials and activities.  An engaging and dynamic personality, Rachel will […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Meeting with Bob Franklyn, International Coordinator for Fresh Expressions

Posted by on Sep 13, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. We met in the Wesley Café in the Methodist Central Hall where Bob gave us an update on what is happening with Fresh Expressions both in the UK and internationally. The FE […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Messy Church with founder Lucy Moore

Posted by on Sep 10, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. Andy and I were warmly welcomed by Lucy Moore and her husband, the Rev’d Dr. Paul Moore (Vicar of St. Wilfrid’s Church) for lunch, great coffee, and a time to chat about […]