The Canadian Church is rapidly changing. It needs communities rooted in scripture, orthodoxy and tradition; but fluent in the language and culture of the world today.
Fresh Expressions is an international movement of pioneers cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage the growing post-Christian society. Around the world. Each Fresh Expression is uniquely and contextually rooted. They can be rural, suburban, in public spaces, housing projects or college dormitories. Some are aimed at specific groups like: Messy Church, bikers church, church for artists, church for the homeless; the sky’s the limit. Each is an adventure in bringing the power of the Gospel to people who might never experience Christian community and the transformational love of Jesus.
Fresh Expressions are defined by a focus on forming faith communities for those who have never been involved in church (The Nones) or who have left the church (The Dones). But this doesn’t mean giving up on the established church. There is a great inheritance in the established church that can and must be passed along to future generations. We believe the key to doing this is by partnering with pioneering leaders, dynamic pastors, existing churches, denominations and agencies who are committed to creating disciples who make disciples; raising up leaders with a passion to join with God on the margins where new forms of church can flourish.
At its core, a Fresh Expression is:
- Missional – Joining God’s mission by going to those not currently served by any church
- Contextual – Grounded in the language and culture of the people in and for their particular context
- Formational – Focused on discipling people in the way of Jesus
- Ecclesial – Forming local, tangible Christian communities that are able to step out as church in their own right