FXCA update january 2012

photo Jill Homer


FXCA update january 2012

Happy New Year everyone!

The Fresh Expressions Canada (FXCA) Team, is a team of committed volunteers, who in addition to each following their chosen careers, also lend their significant gifts to our shared goal, “to encourage the development of fresh expressions of church alongside more traditional expressions, with the aim of seeing a more mission-shaped church take shape throughout the country.”

FXCA team member and web manager Ryan Sim,  has been busy for the last year leading reconnect, a new church community of young professionals in downtown Toronto with little or no Christian background, based out of St. Paul’s Bloor Street. The New Year sees him embarking on a new project which he describes in his blog, Adventures in Church Planting. “For the next six months, I’ve been asked to research a new church plant in Ajax, Ontario, a suburban community in the Greater Toronto Area.  All sorts of people have asked me great questions:

  • What kind of research has to happen?
  • What do you hope to learn?
  • How do you go about building a team?
  • What will the church be like, and where?
  • When/where will you start Sunday services?
  • and more.

So I’ve decided to start blogging, in hopes that others can follow along and support me, pray for me, challenge me, and maybe even learn something (whether from successes or disasters!).

Another team member, John Bowen MSM coordinator, is on sabbatical from Wycliffe College this semester. Two of his projects are:

(a) Editing a book of fifteen essays by various authors on the church’s mission in Canada today. This will be published by Wipf and Stock, hopefully early in 2013. (John is the editor of  “The Missionary Letters of Vincent Donovan. 1957–1973“, also published by Wipf and Stock.)

(b) Reviewing the evaluations from those who field-tested the Reimagining Church course in the Fall, and making appropriate changes. The revised course will then be available to all who want to start mission-shaped conversations where they live.

Sue & Andy Kalbfleisch have been hard at work for much of 2011 filming and editing “A Missional Road Trip,” a 30 minute documentary  for the Diocese of Toronto. Watch it here. In addition Sue is the  Messy Church Canada coordinator, as well as coordinating Vision Days for FXCA.

The team really appreciate your support. Please pray for us as we go into a FXCA Consultation with Dave Male Feb. 1st & 2nd in Toronto.

Vital Chuch Planting Conference, Toronto, Feb. 2-4 2012

The Missional Roadmap. The conference will be taking a deliberately practical focus this year to help dioceses, parishes and teams begin new missional projects, church plants and fresh expressions of church. Watch a short promotional video here.



  • dream dreams
  • ask questions
  • share your story
  • think about what it is to be church
  • find out about fresh expressions
  • discover resources
  • build networks and relationships

The first Fresh Expressions Vision Day to be held in Saskatchewan, will happen on Saturday February 25th in Regina. This will be a wonderful opportunity for all members of the Christian community in that city to join in a highly interactive and inspiring day. For more information and to print out a registration form click here.




The next Messy Fiesta will be held at Christ the King – Dietrich Bonhoeffer Lutheran Church in Thornhill ON on February 18th – click here  for more information. For more information about Messy Church in Canada, please contact Sue Kalbfleisch at sue.kalbfleisch@freshexpressions.ca and check out www.facebook.com/Messy ChurchCanada

That’s about it for now! Check at our website www.freshexpressions.ca for the latest news.

Please keep us in your prayers.

God bless,


Nick Brotherwood

FXCA team leader on behalf of the FXCA team

Ryan Sim


Thomas Brauer
Sue Kalbfleisch
Connie denBok
John Bowen
             Jenny Andison

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