'I don't know anyone who goes to church anymore.'

Posted by on May 28, 2012

In a recent blog posting, Fresh Expressions Director of Media, Norman Ivison, writes, “In Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (yes, films do take a while to arrive in Longridge) Fred Jones (Ewan McGregor), an expert in salmon, and Harriet Chetwode-Talbot  (Emily Blunt) arrive in the Middle East to embark upon a hopeless project. One of […]

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.

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!

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.

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 […]

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 […]