Fresh Expressions Canada launches free resource for churches

Fresh Expressions Canada launches free resource for churches

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012

After a year and a half spent developing and testing this new, made in Canada, free resource, “Reimagining Church:shaped for mission” is ready to be launched! Developed by Dr. John Bowen, Professor of Evangelism and Director of the Institute of Evangelism at Wycliffe College (University of Toronto), the five session course helps churches start the […]

Building Community  – VCP 2012 Workshop by Simon Bell

Building Community – VCP 2012 Workshop by Simon Bell

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012

This is a workshop given by Simon Bell at the Vital Church Planting Conference 2012. Length: 1h:03m Subscribe to all our Podcasts here

Assessing Mission – VCP 2012 Workshop by Duke Vipperman

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012

This is a workshop given by Duke Vipperman at the Vital Church Planting Conference 2012. Length: 42m Subscribe to all our Podcasts here

Is there hope for the future?

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012

We asked Dave Male: Is there hope for the future? Length: 2 minutes Watch for a new question posted each week, or view the entire interview here.

What is Christian love?

Posted by on Apr 18, 2012

We asked Dave Male: What is Christian love? Length: 1 minute, 43 seconds Watch for a new question posted each week, or view the entire interview here.

What is Church?

Posted by on Mar 21, 2012

We asked Dave Male: What is Church? Length: 1 minute, 33 seconds Watch for a new question posted each week, or view the entire interview here.

Messy churches attract young families

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012

“”We need to messy-up the way we do church in order to reach young families,” say Sue Kalbfleisch and Nancy Rowe.” In a recent telephone interview with Christian Week, Fresh Expressions Canada Vision Day Coordinator Sue Kalbfleisch spoke about the meesy Church outbreak . “There are Messy Churches springing up in every province,” she adds. […]

Time to start new churches?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2011

In an article in the April edition of Niagara Anglican Online, Dr. John Bowen, (Wycliffe College’s Professor of Evangelism and Director of the Institute of Evangelism,) makes the case for starting new forms of church in our post-Christendom context.

what will mission-shaped churches look like where you live?

Posted by on Jan 17, 2011

Click here to see Bishop of Ontario, George Bruce, talking about what he thinks mission-shaped churches will look like in Eastern Ontario. Shot and edited by Joan Daniel Lillo, November 2010

Does Canada still need the Church?

Posted by on Nov 11, 2010

You’ve probably seen the headlines, headlines such as: “Churches come tumbling down. . . . Canadian Christendom is destined for history’s sunset.” (Globe and Mail, Christmas 2007) According to Canadian sociologist Reginald Bibby there is a perception, particularly among academics and the media that religion in Canada is a fossil, a vanishing holdover from an […]

Go West, young conference…

Posted by on Jun 14, 2010

Standing Stones. Thanks to Margaret Marschall, Editor of the Edmonton/Athabasca paper, The Messenger This morning I was part of a monthly gathering of church planters in Edmonton.  We gather to support and encourage one another, and we take it in turns to discuss issues that are concerning us in our ministries.  At the end of […]

2 Messy Fiestas

Posted by on Jun 8, 2010

“I found the Messy Fiesta event to be exciting and inspiring. With remarkable joy and creativity, Christian worship/education was offered in an inviting, open-minded atmosphere, with wonderful intergenerational appeal. It has huge potential as a means for inviting and welcoming those who are spiritually hungry, but not attracted to a traditional way of doing church. We are delighted at the prospect […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: St. Thomas Crookes Sheffield (Cell – Cluster – Celebration)

Posted by on Sep 21, 2009

In September 2009, Tim Haughton (Minister of Discipleship at St. Paul’s Bloor Street, Toronto) travelled to the UK to explore Fresh Expressions of Church.  He is blogging about his experiences here. My plane reading (Clusters – by Mike Breen and Bob Hopkins) had been preparing me for my first site visit.  St. Thomas’ Sheffield is […]

Mission Shaped Intro comes to Toronto!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2009

Six weeks to rediscover mission and re-imagine church. New world, new church? Our world and our lives have changed radically in the last twenty years, but has the church adapted to this change? Do we need a changed church for a changing world? Are new forms of church really possible? If so, how can they […]

A Fresh Expression of Amnesia

Posted by on Jun 16, 2009

If we are to become a church shaped by and for God’s mission in this world, the last thing we need is a fresh expression of amnesia. 233 variations of the word “remember” appear in Old and New Testaments. As poet and philosopher George Santayana has it, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

What would it take for you to feel safe enough to . . . ?

Posted by on May 7, 2009

Over the last few days, the e-mails coming into my Inbox regarding the role of the institution in supporting emergence in faith communities and networks have been so confirming. They have confirmed for me that this is an important moment in the long history of our Christian dialogue. I have come to believe that, in […]

If You Build It, They Will Come

Posted by on May 1, 2009

There is a well-known line from the movie, Field of Dreams, that goes, “If you build it, they will come.” While the person who said this line was referring to a baseball field, and not a church, it still fits the situation at St. John’s Church, in the Parish of Richmond, NB, quite well. As you […]

A Diocese of Ontario Vision Day Report

Posted by on Mar 23, 2009

On Saturday, March 14 sixty-four people from across the Diocese of Ontario took part in a Vision Day held at Christ Church, Cataraqui in Kingston.  The event, which was co-sponsored by the Diocese of Ontario’s Evangelism Committee and Fresh Expressions Canada, was the largest of its kind in Canada to date. With a powerful endorsement […]

A Lake and River Church

Posted by on Mar 17, 2009

The PDF file below contains the slides from Phil Potter’s presentation at the 2009 Vital Church Planting Conference. Lake and River (Toronto)

An Ancient Foundation – Values Before Structures

Posted by on Mar 17, 2009

    This PDF contains the slides from Paul Bayes’ presentation at the 2009 Vital Church Planting Conference. An Ancient Foundation  

The Challenge of Cell Church

Posted by on Mar 17, 2009

This PDF contains the slides from Phil Potter’s presentation on Cell Church at the 2009 Vital Church Planting Conference. The Challenge of Cell Church (Toronto) Powerpoint

In a Culture Drawn to ‘Big’, Should the Church Really Be Celebrating ‘Small’?

Posted by on Mar 1, 2009

We live today in a culture of ‘Big’.  Big box stores, Multiplex Cinemas, massive subdivisions, and across North America in the last two decades, something else big-the megachurch.  Because these churches are big they can offer the very best music, audio-visual presentations, great sound systems and specialized teaching skills.  They are among the fastest growing […]

The ‘Strength’ of the Church is Never Anything Other Than the Strength of the Presence of the Risen Jesus

Posted by on Feb 1, 2009

When you hear the term ‘fresh expressions’ being used as a bit of a joke, at least you know it’s arrived! You can hear people talking about proposals for new arrangements in a PCC [parish council] or Synod as fresh expressions of church admin; or music groups as a fresh expression of organs… What is […]

But is it Church…?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2009

Thomas Brauer has written a number of fine posts on the Barnabas Initiative blog. Here’s a sample of his most recent post:  “We speak of the Church, we pray for the Church and now we are growing in our capacity to plant Churches… BUT how do we know it’s Church???? As the grain from which the […]

Documentary Now Available: "One Size Fits All?" – Exploring New and Evolving Forms of Church in Canada

Posted by on Jan 2, 2009

Church Planter and Filmmaker Joe Manafo’s 43-minute documentary on new and evolving forms of church in Canada, One Size Fits All? has just been released on DVD and is available for sale at http://www.onesizefitsall.ca/.  Manafo visits fresh expressions of church across Canada, including Emerge and St. Benedict’s Table, Anglican fresh expressions of church in Montreal […]

Fresh Expressions…Honestly? – A Vision Day Report

Posted by on Sep 29, 2008

  Fresh Expressions…honestly?  Sounds like an air freshener.  Reality?  It is.  Unfortunately, the air surrounding the institution of the Anglican church these days seems to be stagnant; as such, we need to refresh ourselves and  re-evaluate who we are as CHRISTIANS.  Christ commissioned us to “GO and make disciples of every nation…”  Yet we seem […]

One Size Does Not Fit All: Seven Ways to Evangelize

Posted by on Mar 21, 2008

The heart of evangelism is always the same—helping people take steps towards faith in Jesus—but the ways in which it happens can change from culture to culture, and decade to decade.

Fresh Expressions of Church – Presentation by Bishop Graham Cray

Posted by on Mar 12, 2008

These PowerPoint slides were presented by Bishop Graham Cray at the Institute Dinner in March 2008. | View | Upload your own

Getting and Giving the Gospel

Posted by on Mar 25, 2007

This lecture was delivered at the Institute of Evangelism Dinner in 2007. This audio file is for registered members only. Log in or register for FREE by clicking here. Listen to the Podcast: Part 1: Part 2:  http://www.institute.wycliffecollege.ca/resources/01%20Getting%20and%20Giving%20the%20Gospel%20Part%201.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Mission-Shaped Church

Posted by on Dec 15, 2004

This church report marked a new transition: Mission Shaped Church (2004), written by a group headed by Bishop Graham Cray. This not only described some of the “fresh expressions of church” which were springing up all over the country, but talked about the theology of such things, and gave encouragement to those who wanted to experiment […]