July-August 2009 FXCA Update
fresh expressions canada update
July 14 2009
Hope you are enjoying what is passing for a summer in many parts of Canada! We are halfway through July but it feels more like September, at least here in Montreal! As you might expect things are pretty quiet on the Fresh Expressions Canada front this time of year apart from the planning that is going on for the fall and beyond.
Summer is always a good time to reflect on all that has happened in the preceding months, and to put things in some sort of perspective.Some of you may be interested in the piece I wrote for the Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism’s “good idea!” The piece is titled “A fresh expression of amnesia,” and you can read it here. I’d love to hear what you thought about it!
Summer is also a good time to get some postponed reading done! I’d like to recommend a short book that packs a big punch. One with a strong Fresh Expressions connection too. “Jesus’ People,” is the most recent book from
Steven Croft, the former Archbishops Missioner and Team Leader of Fresh Expressions in England, now Bishop of Sheffield. As Steve explains in his foreword, ” It is written to explain and explore some very deep convictions about the Church in the present and the future.
- We are navigating through a time of great change and to navigate well we need to rediscover Jesus Christ as the compass and centre of the Church’s life.
- We need as a Church to reflect the character of Jesus to our society. But what does this mean?…
- We are called as a Church to do what Jesus did: to build up the Christian community and to change the world. It is neither one nor the other but both.
- We will only have the strength to change ourselves or others if we are deeply rooted in Jesus. But how should that happen?”
It is an excellent book and can be ordered here, where you can also read the complete foreword and part of chapter one! It makes an excellent summer read.
For those of you living within striking distance of Toronto, the following will be of interest.
The aim of this course is to explore the ‘why’ of creating fresh expressions of church rather than the ‘how’. John Bowen and Jenny Andison will take students on a journey looking at the ever-changing nature of our social communities, and why the Church needs to rethink its approach to those communities in meaningful and relevant ways. This course is designed for both clergy and lay alike of any denomination.
Location, Dates & Times: Wycliffe College, 5 Hoskin Ave., Toronto, ON, M5S 1H7. Wednesdays, September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7 & 14, 20097:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Instructors: Dr. John Bowen is the Director of Wycliffe’s Institute of Evangelism and Associate Professor of Evangelism. He is a leader of Fresh Expressions in Canada. The Rev. Jenny Andison is on the staff of St. Paul’s, Bloor Street and has been involved in Fresh Expression workshops.
Those in Eastern Ontario will want to know about the upcoming Vision Day to take place on
Saturday November 21st, 9.00 am-3.00pm, at St. Thomas the Apostle, 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa. More details in the next update, or check at the FXCA website.Dundas Vision Day
Wherever you are this summer, I hope you have a good one! Please remember to pray for Fresh Expressions Canada as it “seeks 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.”
Yours in Christ,
team leader FXCA
Skype address: nick.brotherwood