What is a Fresh Expression?
A fresh expression of church is a new gathering or network that engages mainly with people who have never been to church. There is no single model, but the emphasis is on starting something which is appropriate to its context, rather than cloning something that works elsewhere.
It is a way of describing the planting of new congregations or churches which are different in ethos and style from the church which planted them; because they are designed to reach a different group of people than those already attending the original church. There is no single model to copy but a wide variety of approaches for a wide variety of contexts and constituencies. The emphasis is on planting something which is appropriate to its context, rather than cloning something which works elsewhere.
In our Diocese, Fresh Expressions are referred to as Pioneering.
Why should I start a Fresh Expression?
Fresh Expressions of Church exist to:
serve those outside existing church programmes;
listen to people and enter their culture;
make discipleship a priority;
Fresh Expressions can and do GROW your Church and a bigger church makes a bigger difference in our world.
How do I start a Fresh Expression?
Within the Diocese we regularly meet as pioneers to generate and support new ways of being church for the 21st Century and is open to anyone (lay and ordained) exploring this kind of ministry. Visit the Pioneering Page here
If you are keen to:
be involved in a new pioneering initiative
start a new pioneering initiative
discover the kinds of things your parish can do
Then please get in touch!
Linda Jones Director of Mission on email@example.com
Janice Hill Diocesan Missioner on firstname.lastname@example.org