Our world is rapidly changing. It needs a church, rooted in scripture, orthodoxy and tradition; but fluent in the language and culture of the world today.
Fresh Expressions is an international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage the growing post-Christian society.Around the world, Christians are stepping out in faith and beginning fresh expressions of church, new or different forms of church for a changing culture. Each fresh expression is unique, and contextually rooted. They can be rural or suburban, in public spaces, housing projects and college dormitories. Some are aimed at specific groups like: Messy Church, bikers church, church for artists, church for the homeless; the sky’s the limit. Each is an adventure in bringing the power of the Gospel to people who might never experience Christian community and the transformational and self-giving love of Jesus.
Fresh Expressions are defined by a focus on forming faith communities especially for those who have never been involved in church (The Nones) or who have left the church (The Dones). But this doesn’t mean giving up on the established church. There is a great inheritance in the established church that can and must be passed along to future generations. We believe the key to doing this is by partnering with pioneering leaders, dynamic pastors and existing churches denominational streams and agencies who are committed to make disciples who make disciples, raising up leaders with a passion to join with God in the mission edges where new forms of church can flourish.
At the core, a Fresh Expression of church should be:
- Missional – Joining God’s mission by going to those not currently served by any church
- Contextual – Grounded in the language and culture of the people in and for their particular context
- Formational – Focused on discipling people in the way of Jesus
- Ecclesial – Forming local, tangible Christian communities that are able to step out as church in their own right