8 ways to keep young adults out of your church

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012

In his blog Norman Ivison writes, “I realise that the church, called to be counter cultural, shouldn’t always pander to the wants and desires of the predominant culture. If it did we would have pews full of Christians singing cheesy Victorian hymns, separating church life from real life and having very convoluted and formal ways […]

Time to start new churches?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2011

In an article in the April edition of Niagara Anglican Online, Dr. John Bowen, (Wycliffe College’s Professor of Evangelism and Director of the Institute of Evangelism,) makes the case for starting new forms of church in our post-Christendom context.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]