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Fresh Expressions

What is a Fresh Expression Church?
A Fresh Expression is a form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of those who are not yet part of any church. Fresh Expressions is an international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage our growing post-Christian society. Beginning in 2004 as an initiative of the Church of England and the British Methodist Church, the movement has resulted in the birth of thousands of new communities in the United Kingdom alone and brought renewal to scores of established churches. The movement has spread to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Germany. In 2010, the movement began taking shape in the United States.

Why Fresh Expressions?
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.
What sets Fresh Expressions apart is a focus on forming faith communities especially for those who have never been involved in church (un-churched) or who have left the church (de-churched). 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.

Resources
Who We Are (pdf)
Talking Points (pdf)
Vision Day (pdf)
How to Start (pdf)

Upcoming Events

Fresh Expressions Roundtables
Fresh Expressions Roundtables serve as an opportunity for small groups from a church, denominational group or area to: Ask in-depth questions about the concepts, theological foundations, and the developmental process of fresh expressions; Envision the implications of fresh expressions for their specific congregation and community; Gain some experience with fresh expressions to get up close and personal guidance on how they take next steps on this journey.

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August 13, 2019 -- Winchester District
1-4 p.m.
Leesburg UMC, 107 W Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176

August 14, 2019 - Roanoke District
6-9 p.m.
Cave Spring UMC, 4505 Hazel Dr, Roanoke, VA 24018-3673

August 15, 2019 - Elizabeth River District
2-5 p.m.
Ghent UMC, 531 Raleigh Ave, Norfolk, VA 23507

August 15, 2019 - Eastern Shore District
6:30-9 p.m.
Hampton Inn, 4129 Lankford Hwy., Exmore, VA 23350

October 18-19, 2019 –  VA Fresh Expressions Learning Community Retreat I  

April 17-18, 2020VA Fresh Expressions Learning Community Retreat II

 

 

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