Video Contest Announced!

Video Contest Announced!

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013

You are invited to produce a 3 minute Canadian video that shows: a Fresh Expression of Church in your community, or a Church Plant Initiative, or an Innovative Ministry Initiative For ideas, check out the videos posted on this site. What to do: Shoot your video and edit it with voice over, music, transitions and […]

ChurchNext TV’s interview with John Bowen

ChurchNext TV’s interview with John Bowen

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012

John Bowen: Evangelism for Normal People  Sure, it’s a cheeky way of putting it – but Wycliffe College Evangelism Professor John Bowen has some very serious things to say about how Christians witness to their faith.  His helpful definition for evangelism is: ‘Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, helping people take steps toward discipleship.’ […]

Excellent new video

Excellent new video

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012

Summer is a great time for going on trips and meeting family as well as seeing friends old and new. Earlier this year, Fresh Expressions Canada’s Andy & Sue Kalbfleisch, spent some time in England catching up on some of the fresh expressions of church that are emerging there. Andy has produced an excellent short […]

Serving Needs  – VCP 2012 Workshop by Jon Osmond

Serving Needs – VCP 2012 Workshop by Jon Osmond

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012

This is a workshop given by Jon Osmond at the Vital Church Planting Conference 2012. Length: 1h:03m Extra Resources Slides (PDF) Subscribe to all our Podcasts here

Coaching Missional Leaders – VCP 2012 Workshop by Cathie Crawford-Browning and Peter Warkentin with Connie den Bok

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012

This is a workshop given by Cathie Crawford-Browning and Peter Warkentin with Connie den Bok at the Vital Church Planting Conference 2012. Length:59m Subscribe to all our Podcasts here

Creating a Culture of Mission – VCP 2012 Workshop by Harold Percy

Posted by on May 30, 2012

This is a workshop given by Harold Percy at the Vital Church Planting Conference 2012. Length: 1h:11m Subscribe to all our Podcasts 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.

"Fresh expressions are here to stay" says Bishop

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012

“Fresh expressions are here to stay – for two reasons.” So says English Bishop and Archbishops’ Missioner, Graham Cray, in an op-ed piece in this month’s e-xpressions newsletter. “First they are now a proven part of the mission of the churches in this country. The movement is making a substantial numerical difference, and helping hundreds […]

“this God thing” at the Hard Stone Cafe

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011

The Hard Stone Café (HSC) began at St. John’s (Stone) Anglican Church, in Saint John, NB, in 2002, as a connection point for youth, aged 13– 18yrs, and in particular for youth without a prior connection to church or Christianity.  This was one program in an umbrella of programs created to engage the community directed […]

Contemplative Prayer Drumming – oxymoron or fresh expression?

Posted by on Dec 10, 2010

Behold! Something stirs in the English countryside… “Tanworth-in-Arden is a small rural parishbetween Birmingham and Redditch. Paul Cudby, vicar of St Mary Magdalene church, explains what they are doing to reach those who don’t ‘do’ church.” read more

Working the edges

Posted by on Sep 29, 2010

Ministry at the edges of Church and culture is a challenge, to say the least.  It is often hard to discern which particular edges should attract our limited mission attention (and budgets).  With challenges in finding both people and money for long-term mission projects, it is often helpful to find “one off” mission opportunities which can still […]

Discussion: Rural Fresh Expressions in the UK and Canada

Posted by on Aug 10, 2010

Each month the Share website in England sends out  Share Thoughts, a free monthly email with a thought-provoking article, containing material of great interest to the church. In the August edition the article below appeared, which we reproduce in full with the kind permission of Fresh Expressions and Share. We thought it would be of […]

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 […]

Skater Church, Perth Ontario

Posted by on May 5, 2010

St. James Anglican Church’s new ministry ‘Skater Church’ meets twice weekly in the church hall with over 60 participants comprising children and youth.  Check out the new video here!

Bringing Church to Cameron House

Posted by on Apr 7, 2010

Bringing church to Cameron House by Rev. Cathy Stone The Rural Outreach Committee (ROC), of which I am Executive Director, works very closely with Cameron House, a shelter for women in Peterborough, Ontario, owned and operated by the Brock Mission.  Cameron House staff answer ROC’s emergency crisis line evenings, weekends and statutory holidays.  It is […]

‘Seeing what God is doing and joining in.’

Posted by on Feb 12, 2010

Graham Cray praises a ‘new imagination’ about shape of future Church Speaking to the Church of England’s General Synod  (Thursday 11th February 2010), Fresh Expressions (FE)  Team Leader, Bishop Graham Cray, gave an update on the work of FE, saying much been achieved since the initiative’s launch in 2005 but there is “much, much more […]

God at the Pub – A Case Study in Fresh Expressions

Posted by on Oct 20, 2009

On Monday nights in Toronto’s Bloor West Village, the Yellow Griffin Pub’s upstairs room hosts “God at the Pub”.  A ministry of Runnymede Community Church for seven years, “God at the Pub” is the result of the church leadership’s fervent prayer and missional impulse to lower the “barriers to entry” posed by their traditional church […]

IKEA, Sunday Mornings, and the Telling of Tales

Posted by on Mar 31, 2009

After visiting the IKEA in North York a few weeks ago, I had to ask, “What does IKEA have that we—the church—don’t have?” This question is at once tongue-in-cheek and a sober one. On the tongue-in-cheek end of things, they’ve obviously got more comfortable seats, a great deal of marketing geniuses (have you seen their commercials?!) and a multi-million dollar advertising budget! On the sober end of things, IKEA, as a culture, presents and represents a challenge to the church.

Place Matters…What evangelists and church planters can learn from "Who’s Your City?"

Posted by on Dec 8, 2008

Shortly after the 2008 Vital Church Planting Conference, I shared some church planting principles with my sister on a winter camping trip.  Among other things, I explained the importance of understanding cultural context, and how evangelism and church planting efforts can be helped or hindered by geography.  Months later, for my birthday, she added to […]

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.