The Guide

What is the Guide?

The Guide contains how-to-do-it advice on starting, developing and sustaining fresh expressions of church based on shared experiences. All the material is based on listening to hundreds of different stories on how fresh expressions begin and are sustained.

What are the principles behind the Guide?

There is a detailed list of contents below, and the Guide can be browsed using the menus to the right of each page. You can also search for pages from the Guide using the search box above or browsing the keywords (which cover both stories and pages from the guide).

Contents

About fresh expressions

What is a fresh expression of church? A different approach to church
Unpacking the definition
What does a 'mixed economy' church involve? The Jerusalem and Antioch churches
What Christian principles lie behind fresh expressions? Community-in-mission
Creative experimentation
Communities
Human culture
Transforming society
Disciples of Jesus
Dying to live
Reproduction
Cultural diversity More on the homogenous unit principle
Unity across diversity
Fresh expressions in church history Antioch
The word of life in England
The Benedictines
Thomas Cranmer
Nicholas Ferrar
John Wesley
Charles Kingsley
Dorothy L Sayers
Why do fresh expressions matter? God's call to mission
Post-modern society
Spiritual openings in society
Decline of Christendom
Strategic sense
Are fresh expressions proper church? Up
In
Out
Of
The essence of church
Is God calling me to be involved? How might a call come?
How might you be a gift?
How might you discern God's call?

Examples

Rural | Urban | Café | Workplace | Under 5s and families | Children | Older people | Online | Other faiths | New monastic | Learning disabilities

Developing

A fresh expressions journey - the rationale
A fresh expressions journey - in detail
Loving and serving
Building community
From 'loving' to 'exploring'
From 'exploring' to 'church'
Manipulation

Starting and growing

How should we start?
What form should our fresh expression take?
How can we get support?
How can we navigate uncharted waters? Registering as a charity
How can we grow something sustainable?
How can we be a great team?

Discipleship

A journey, not a course
Start where people are Discipleship and personality
Transform the whole of life
Commitment to a Christian community
Support of other Christians
Rethink worship, learning and practices Different learning styles
Dependence on the Spirit
Changing as society changes
Published resources essence
A Passionate Life
Living Faith
Come as you are...
The Imagine Project
Covenant Discipleship Groups
Freedom in Christ
Foundations21
Glad You Asked
Discipleship Explored
A Life Worth Living
Lyfe
Fresh expressions resources

Sustaining

Intention
Gradualness
Simplicity
Shared leadership
Multiplying leaders
Passing on your values

Supporting

Bishops' Mission Orders
FEASTs (Fresh Expressions Area Strategy Teams) Possible values for a FEAST
Supervising a pioneer

Worship

Intros For children, teens, all-age, 20s-30s, complex, retired, medium
Adoration For children, teens, all-age, 20s-30s, complex, retired, medium
Confession For children, teens, all-age, 20s-30s, complex, retired, medium
Praise For children, teens, all-age, 20s-30s, complex, retired, medium
Scripture For children, teens, all-age, 20s-30s, complex, retired, medium
Creeds For children, teens, all-age, 20s-30s, complex, retired, medium
Intercession For children, teens, all-age, 20s-30s, complex, retired, medium
Peace For children, teens, all-age, 20s-30s, complex, retired, medium
Lord's Prayer For children, teens, all-age, 20s-30s, complex, retired, medium
Communion For children, teens, all-age, 20s-30s, complex, retired, medium
Blessings For children, teens, all-age, 20s-30s, complex, retired, medium

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