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Fresh Expressions of Church

A fresh expression will…

…come into being through principles of listening, service, incarnational mission and making disciples

…have the potential to become a mature expression of church shaped by the gospel and the enduring marks of the church for its cultural context.

There is no single model to copy, but the emphasis is on planting something which is appropriate to its context rather than cloning something which works elsewhere.

A fresh expression is a church plant or a new congregation. It is not…

…a new way to reach people and add them to an existing congregation

…an old outreach with a new name ('rebranded' or 'freshened up')

…a half-way house, a bridge project, which people belong to for a while, on their way into Christian faith, before crossing over to 'proper' church.

Fresh expressions of church are not meant to replace existing forms of church and they are not in competition with them. Instead, they are to complement the work of inherited or traditional church, in what is known as a 'mixed economy' approach to ministry.

You can find more information at the Fresh Expressions website.

Jens Mankel

Church Planting and Fresh Expressions Adviser


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