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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.”
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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”
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.
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, […]
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 […]
This PDF contains the slides from Paul Bayes’ presentation at the 2009 Vital Church Planting Conference.
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.
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…
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
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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?’; […]
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 […]
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? 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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