FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Night Church at the Exeter Cathedral

Posted by on Sep 9, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. The Rev’d Canon Mark Rylands, the Canon Missioner for the Diocese of Exeter and Steve Jones, lay staff member with the Diocese of Exeter as well as the Methodist Circuit, founded Night […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Church Unplugged

Posted by on Sep 8, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. Photo: Sue and Dave Male Meeting with Rev’d Dave Male on Monday, September 7th at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Author of “Church Unplugged”, Dave is a tutor in Pioneer Mission Training (Ridley Hall […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Moot

Posted by on Sep 8, 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 sharing a joke with Moot community member Elizabeth as Ian looks on. The Moot community, led by Rev’d Ian Mobsby, is located in St. Mary Woolnoth Church, in the heart of […]

FXCA september 2009 update

Posted by on Sep 8, 2009

fresh expressions canada september update September 8 2009 Hello there! Hope you had something of a good summer, despite the work of Mother Nature with forest fires out west, greater-than-average rainfall in the east, and a mixture of weather in the north! Put it all down to climate change! We are also experiencing culture change […]

Mission Shaped Intro comes to Toronto!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2009

Six weeks to rediscover mission and re-imagine church. New world, new church? Our world and our lives have changed radically in the last twenty years, but has the church adapted to this change? Do we need a changed church for a changing world? Are new forms of church really possible? If so, how can they […]

Fresh Expressions of Church among the Maasai?

Posted by on Aug 31, 2009

Vincent Donovan was a Catholic missionary to the Maasai in Tanzania in the 1960’s and 1970’s. His book Christianity Rediscovered (Orbis 1978) has been a best-seller ever since, and I am not the only teacher who has used it in classes on mission and evangelism to help students think through issues of Gospel and culture.

New Video Profile of Church on Tap

Posted by on Aug 17, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbleisch created this new video about Church on Tap, a Pub Church in Southern Ontario: Great work!

Churches along the Ottawa get Messy!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2009

“The Anglican Churches Along the Ottawa” tried something new. It was a movement that came out of nowhere and re-lit their torch of faith. It is called “Messy Church”. The first Messy Church we put on at Holy Trinity, Hawkesbury, on July 23rd was a tremendous success…over twenty children together with their parents & grandparents […]

What Nick Offers

Posted by on Jul 20, 2009

As team leader of Fresh Expressions Canada, Nick is in a unique position to provide an introduction to Fresh Expressions, which started life in England as an initiative of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Methodist Council in 2004, with a brief to encourage churches all across England to establish new congregations and […]

July-August 2009 FXCA Update

Posted by on Jul 15, 2009

fresh expressions canada update July 14 2009 Hello there! Hope you are enjoying what is passing for a summer in many parts of Canada! We are halfway through  July but it feels more like September, at least here in Montreal! As you might expect things are pretty quiet on the Fresh Expressions Canada front this […]

A Fresh Expression of Amnesia

Posted by on Jun 16, 2009

If we are to become a church shaped by and for God’s mission in this world, the last thing we need is a fresh expression of amnesia. 233 variations of the word “remember” appear in Old and New Testaments. As poet and philosopher George Santayana has it, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

June 2009 FXca Update

Posted by on Jun 12, 2009

fresh expressions canada update June 2nd 2009 At Pentecost we celebrate the occasion on which the Holy Spirit empowered the church for, and propelled the church into, its part in God’s mission in the world. The theologian Emil Brunner once said: ‘As a fire exists by burning so the Church exists by mission; if there […]

New Team Leader of Fresh Expressions UK Visits Toronto

Posted by on May 20, 2009

Bishop Graham Cray is an unusual bishop. I remember him when he was Vicar of St. Michael-le-Belfrey, York, in the 1970’s, when he had hair down to his waist, and used to give talks about spiritual themes in contemporary rock music. Then, in what was to some a surprising change of direction, he became Principal […]

What would it take for you to feel safe enough to . . . ?

Posted by on May 7, 2009

Over the last few days, the e-mails coming into my Inbox regarding the role of the institution in supporting emergence in faith communities and networks have been so confirming. They have confirmed for me that this is an important moment in the long history of our Christian dialogue. I have come to believe that, in […]

If You Build It, They Will Come

Posted by on May 1, 2009

There is a well-known line from the movie, Field of Dreams, that goes, “If you build it, they will come.” While the person who said this line was referring to a baseball field, and not a church, it still fits the situation at St. John’s Church, in the Parish of Richmond, NB, quite well. As you […]

Bishop Michael Bird Endorses Fresh Expressions

Posted by on Apr 27, 2009

The Bishop of Niagara’s video endorsement of Fresh Expressions is no longer available from the Niagara web site.  Howver, Bishop Bird said, “Iwant to invite you to particpate with me in the Fresh Expressions Vision Day…I look forward to seeing you then”

Taking It To The Streets

Posted by on Apr 20, 2009

Pair seeks community’s input for new kind of church…an article about Lance Dixon and Rob Crosby-Shearer’s fresh expression of church in Toronto. Click here to read the full article from the Diocese of Toronto’s “The Anglican”, by Henrieta Paukov.

IKEA, Sunday Mornings, and the Telling of Tales

Posted by on Mar 31, 2009

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.

Acts 10 and the Disco Pig! – A Fresh Expression of Doing Church Differently

Posted by on Mar 30, 2009

About noon the next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat; and while it was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the heaven opened and something like a large sheet coming down, […]

A Diocese of Ontario Vision Day Report

Posted by on Mar 23, 2009

On Saturday, March 14 sixty-four people from across the Diocese of Ontario took part in a Vision Day held at Christ Church, Cataraqui in Kingston.  The event, which was co-sponsored by the Diocese of Ontario’s Evangelism Committee and Fresh Expressions Canada, was the largest of its kind in Canada to date. With a powerful endorsement […]

A Lake and River Church

Posted by on Mar 17, 2009

The PDF file below contains the slides from Phil Potter’s presentation at the 2009 Vital Church Planting Conference. Lake and River (Toronto)

A New Kind of Mission Strategy: The mixed economy church

Posted by on Mar 17, 2009

This PDF contains the slides from Paul Bayes’ presentation at the 2009 Vital Church Planting Conference.

An Ancient Foundation – Values Before Structures

Posted by on Mar 17, 2009

    This PDF contains the slides from Paul Bayes’ presentation at the 2009 Vital Church Planting Conference. An Ancient Foundation  

A New Kind of Leader

Posted by on Mar 17, 2009

This PDF contains the slides from Phil Potter’s presentation at the 2009 Vital Church Planting Conference. A New Kind of Leader (Toronto)

The Challenge of Cell Church

Posted by on Mar 17, 2009

This PDF contains the slides from Phil Potter’s presentation on Cell Church at the 2009 Vital Church Planting Conference. The Challenge of Cell Church (Toronto) Powerpoint

New freshexpressions.ca Web Site Launched

Posted by on Mar 11, 2009

http://www.freshexpressions.ca/ The official web site for Fresh Expressions in Canada was launched at the Vital Church Planting Conference, on February 18th at St. Paul’s Bloor Street in Toronto. Fresh Expressions Canada (FXca) seeks to encourage the development of fresh expressions of church alongside more traditional expressions, with the aim of seeing a more mission-shaped church […]

Bishop George Bruce endorses Fresh Expressions of Church

Posted by on Mar 11, 2009

I’m delighted we’re having the Vision Day, and I encourage folks to come and listen and hear, because what Fresh Expressions does, is it reaches out to those who are unchurched and dechurched, and it reaches out to them where they are.

Listen to the Culture and Be Creative, Says Speaker

Posted by on Mar 1, 2009

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…

In a Culture Drawn to ‘Big’, Should the Church Really Be Celebrating ‘Small’?

Posted by on Mar 1, 2009

We live today in a culture of ‘Big’.  Big box stores, Multiplex Cinemas, massive subdivisions, and across North America in the last two decades, something else big-the megachurch.  Because these churches are big they can offer the very best music, audio-visual presentations, great sound systems and specialized teaching skills.  They are among the fastest growing […]

The ‘Strength’ of the Church is Never Anything Other Than the Strength of the Presence of the Risen Jesus

Posted by on Feb 1, 2009

When you hear the term ‘fresh expressions’ being used as a bit of a joke, at least you know it’s arrived! You can hear people talking about proposals for new arrangements in a PCC [parish council] or Synod as fresh expressions of church admin; or music groups as a fresh expression of organs… What is […]

Primate's Endorsement of Fresh Expressions Canada

Posted by on Jan 30, 2009

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.

But is it Church…?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2009

Thomas Brauer has written a number of fine posts on the Barnabas Initiative blog. Here’s a sample of his most recent post:  “We speak of the Church, we pray for the Church and now we are growing in our capacity to plant Churches… BUT how do we know it’s Church???? As the grain from which the […]

Vision Day Postcards Available

Posted by on Jan 28, 2009

Fresh Expressions Canada is pleased to offer personalized Vision Day postcards to help publicize your Vision Day. These cards are 142mm x 110mm full colour on the front, and greyscale on the back.  Envelopes are available at an extra charge.  There is a small white space where the details of your Vision Day will be […]

Exciting New Fresh Expressions Appointment in the Diocese of Edmonton

Posted by on Jan 7, 2009

  The following announcement appears in the January 2009 edition of the Anglican Messenger, (the newspaper of the dioceses of Athabasca and Edmonton) under the heading “Notes from the Bishop”, “The Rev. Thomas Brauer is appointed to Church Planting and Fresh Expressions, and Honorary Assistant at Holy Trinity,Edmonton, effective January 6, 2009.” Congratulations Bishop Jane […]

Documentary Now Available: "One Size Fits All?" – Exploring New and Evolving Forms of Church in Canada

Posted by on Jan 2, 2009

Church Planter and Filmmaker Joe Manafo’s 43-minute documentary on new and evolving forms of church in Canada, One Size Fits All? has just been released on DVD and is available for sale at http://www.onesizefitsall.ca/.  Manafo visits fresh expressions of church across Canada, including Emerge and St. Benedict’s Table, Anglican fresh expressions of church in Montreal […]

New Church Planting Resource – Starting Mission-Shaped Churches

Posted by on Dec 10, 2008

Australian Stuart P. Robinson, has written the best workbook on church planting that I have read. “Starting Mission-Shaped Churches” (St. Paul’s Chatswood, 2007), is an extremely practical tool written by someone who is both an experienced Anglican church planter and bishop-elect of Canberra! Its large format makes it easy to handle and inviting to use. […]

Place Matters…What evangelists and church planters can learn from "Who’s Your City?"

Posted by on Dec 8, 2008

Shortly after the 2008 Vital Church Planting Conference, I shared some church planting principles with my sister on a winter camping trip.  Among other things, I explained the importance of understanding cultural context, and how evangelism and church planting efforts can be helped or hindered by geography.  Months later, for my birthday, she added to […]

New Journal from Fresh Expressions

Posted by on Nov 25, 2008

 mixed economy is the new annual journal from Fresh Expressions in England which takes a serious look at what it means to have new forms of church living alongside more conventional congregations. Included in this first edition: news of the second phase of the Fresh Expressions initiative, the Archbishop of Canterbury asks, ‘is it really church?’; […]

Share – A Guide to Fresh Expressions of Church

Posted by on Nov 10, 2008

The Guide’s informative web site, “contains how-to-do-it advice on starting, developing and sustaining fresh expressions of church based on shared experiences.”  A very valuable reasource for Fresh Expressions!

Leadership Journal Describes Four Fresh Expressions in the US

Posted by on Nov 10, 2008

Some fresh, missional ways of being church are appearing in the United States.  Read Missional to the Max to hear about Antioch (The Church of the Y, as in the YMCA), a rural ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church, and the house churches of Vineyard Central.

The Diocese of Edmonton Welcomes Rev. Nick Brotherwood to its 61st Synod

Posted by on Nov 3, 2008

  The 61st Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton met over October 17th and 18th 2008, and heard much about mission, and the call to reach out with the gospel to a world in need.  A significant element of that call was given to the Synod by the Reverend Nick Brotherwood, Team Leader for […]

Is Fresh Expressions just the latest "Flavour of the Month"?

Posted by on Nov 3, 2008

Interest in Fresh Expressions seems to be everywhere. Bishops are talking about it. Students are talking about it. Every church doing something new-even a coffee hour after the main service-seems to be boasting that it is doing a “fresh expression.” And, of course, Canada now has its very own Team Leader for Fresh Expressions Canada-Nick […]

Fresh Expressions…Honestly? – A Vision Day Report

Posted by on Sep 29, 2008

  Fresh Expressions…honestly?  Sounds like an air freshener.  Reality?  It is.  Unfortunately, the air surrounding the institution of the Anglican church these days seems to be stagnant; as such, we need to refresh ourselves and  re-evaluate who we are as CHRISTIANS.  Christ commissioned us to “GO and make disciples of every nation…”  Yet we seem […]

New Appointment: The Rev. Nick Brotherwood to be Assistant Director of the Institute of Evangelism

Posted by on Aug 15, 2008

The Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism is delighted to announce the appointment of Nick Brotherwood as Assistant Director of the Institute. This is a half-time position for the next three years. Nick’s main emphasis will be teaching and training in the area of Fresh Expressions. Some highlights of Nick’s CV: In 2003, he and his […]

Canadian Fresh Expressions List

Posted by on Jul 4, 2008

Below you will find a list of known Fresh Expressions of Church in Canada.  For more information on what Fresh Expressions of Church are all about, click here. What is a fresh expression of church? “A fresh expression of church is a form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of […]

Fresh Expressions of Church – An Introduction for Canadians

Posted by on Jul 4, 2008

What are Fresh Expressions of Church? If people have an image of the Church of England, it is generally of an elderly, genteel and sleepy church, centering on ancient, decaying buildings in delightful rural settings. Although those churches certainly exist, the full reality is very different. I think this came home to me some years […]

One Size Does Not Fit All: Seven Ways to Evangelize

Posted by on Mar 21, 2008

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.

DNA: The Mechanisms of Planting

Posted by on Mar 13, 2008

This lecture was delivered at the Vital Church Planting Conference in Toronto Feb 2008 : Session TWO Listen to the Podcast: View as Microsoft Powerpoint File       In the 1st session we looked at DNA understood as what was being planted. The 2nd session takes DNA in another sense and teases out how it happens – what are the processes […]

DNA: The Essence of What is Being Planted

Posted by on Mar 13, 2008

This lecture was delivered at the Vital Church Planting Conference in Toronto Feb 2008: Session 2 Listen to the Podcast: View DNA: The Essence of What Is Being Planted as a Microsoft Powerpoint File        I share the view of the Archbishop of Canterbury that we live in the most creative time, that […]

Fresh Expressions of Church – Presentation by Bishop Graham Cray

Posted by on Mar 12, 2008

These PowerPoint slides were presented by Bishop Graham Cray at the Institute Dinner in March 2008. | View | Upload your own