september 2013 update
After what seems like a really long time we are back, with the September edition of the Fresh Expressions Canada (FEC) update. I hope you had a good, restful summer and are ready for a new season of Jesus-centred, mission shaped activity.
There is lots to tell you about so here goes.
The months of planning are over, the registrations (well most of them) are in, and we are looking forward to Wednesday’s launch of the first time the classic mission shaped ministry course has been presented online in real time . Please pray for all of us as we embark together on this exploratory learning journey which we expect will take us right through to next May as we meet online every two weeks. People in four different province or territories, at least two different time zones, learning as we go what it’s going to take to see Jesus-centred, mission-shaped churches emerge throughout Canada. The adventure starts for real! Registration details can be found at msm online registration form 2013-14.
Hurry while there’s still time!
Reimagining Church: shaped for mission in Saskatoon
Church planter, mobile app designer and FEC web manager Ryan Sim, was in Saskatoon recently introducing the good people of the Anglican Diocese of Sakatoon’s Synod to our “Reimagining Church: shaped for mission” resource. You can find Ryan’s slides and the videos he used, plus links to “Reimagining Church” material, on his blog here. A participant is quoted as describing the presentations as,”Brilliant!” Not bad, eh?
Fresh Expressions International Conference 2013
I spent the first five days of this month at the Fresh Expressions International Conference in Cambridge, UK, with over eighty people from eleven countries who were all involved or interested in the Fresh Expressions movement. We were Lutherans, Methodists,Presbyterians, and of course more than a few Anglicans.
Each day had its own theme, Where are we now?, What are the emerging questions?, What are the signposts from around the world?, What is the future story? Each theme was developed by means of two or three main presentations each day, as follows. (Clicking on the links below will take you to a page where you can find recordings and/or slides of many of the presentations.)
Day 1. The present story – presentation by Bishop Graham Cray, UK; Contextualising fresh expressions in a changing cultural landscape – presentation by Bishop Tim Harris, Adelaide;
Day 2. What are the emerging questions – on the ground? – Bob and Mary Hopkins; What are the emerging questions – for theology? – Mike Moynagh; What are the emerging questions for pioneers? – Dave Male
Day 3. Working with and through denominational structures – Wayne Brighton, Australia; How to change the institutional DNA – Phil Potter and Steve Lingridge, UK
Day 4. What are we discovering and what questions do we have? What is God saying to us? What are we going to do? This session saw participants involved in national, regional, and denominational groupings, discussing responses to these questions.
There were optional seminar/workshops: including ones on, Communications Strategy – Mission Shaped Ministry Course (MSM) – Missional communities and discipleship: what is a missional community? – Deeper into the world, deeper into culture: faithful engagement with Scripture and transformative engagement in society – Messy Church: an interactive look at the practices and place of Messy Church – Evangelistic resources for the post-modern mind: what to do when traditional courses don’t work.
Each day’s program was bookended by times of worship all skillfully led by Adrian Chatfield. Being to be at the conference with fellow Canadians, Susan Bell, Michael Patterson and Duke Vipperman was a privilege, as we were able to process the events of the days together. Being with so many like-minded people from different countries, different denominations, speaking different languages was also an immense privilege for me. I return to Canada enriched and renewed in my desire to see a more Jesus centred and mission shaped church emerge. The event was hosted by The Centre for Pioneer Learning and Fresh Expressions.
“More than 80 people from a range of denominations attended the official June launch of the Fresh Expressions movement in Christchurch, which took the form of a day-long seminar at Spreydon Baptist Church in Christchurch.Feedback on the day was encouraging, says our Archdeacon for Mission, John Day, who helped run the event. He was assisted by Young Adults Ministry Developer, Spanky Moore, and leaders from other denominations. Fresh Expressions is a term that’s used to describe a form of church for our changing culture. It’s about re-imagining what church is and moving out into the community to develop something new, rather than offering people a stepping stone to existing church…” Click here to read the full report