Fresh Expressions Launched in New Zealand
During the launch event, some of those involved in local Fresh Expression activities shared inspiring stories about new relationships that are being formed in their communities. One of the challenging statements from the day was: “We don’t need to take God out there, God is already there”. Participants were invited to discern opportunities for Fresh Expressions in their own neighbourhoods and to consider undertaking training with the organisation next year. It’s the first time the mission-shaped ministry course has been offered to parishes.
The byline of the newly launched organisation is “sent to the edge” (tonoa ki te pito) and there is a strong mission focus to the movement. Presenters said it’s about recognising connections we already have with people, letting go of preconceived ideas of what church is, and following the Spirit’s lead.
Those wanting more information about FEANZ (Fresh Expressions Aotearoa New Zealand) can email John Day at email@example.com .”
Text: Megan Blakie