'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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]