Reading lists

A selection of reading lists. You can find an additional long list of texts on our further reading page.

A. Starting out

The best introductory texts for fresh expressions of church is:

Refresh
Michael Moynagh, Rob Peabody, Monarch, 2016, 978-085721765-3

Being Church, Doing Life

Being Church, Doing Life
Michael Moynagh, Monarch, 2014, 978-085721493-5

The remaining books are sorted alphabetically by author surname.

Cave Refectory Road Cave Refectory Road: Monastic Rhythms for contemporary living
Ian Adams, Canterbury Press Norwich, 2010
978-184825028-4
Running over Rocks Running Over Rocks: Spiritual Practices to Transform Tough Times
Ian Adams, Canterbury Press Norwich, 2013
978-184825168-7
Mission-shaped Church mission-shaped church: church planting and fresh expressions of church in a changing context (2nd edition)
Graham Cray, CHP, 2009 (2004)
978-071514189-2
Christianity Rediscovered Christianity Rediscovered (SCM Classics)
Vincent J. Donovan, SCM Press, 2001 (SPCK, 1978)
978-033402855-0
After McDonaldization After McDonaldization: Mission, Ministry, and Christian discipleship in an age of uncertainty
John Drane, Darton, Longman & Todd, 2008
978-023252654-7
Mission-shaped and Rural Mission-shaped and Rural: growing churches in the countryside
Sally Gaze, CHP, 2006
978-071514084-0
Fresh! Fresh! An introduction to fresh expressions of church and pioneer ministry
David Goodhew, Andrew Roberts, Michael Volland, SCM Press, 2012
978-033404387-4
 making a difference expressions: making a difference
Norman Ivison, Fresh Expressions, 2011
978-095600054-5
 fresh expressions of church amongst young adults authentic faith: fresh expressions of church amongst young adults
Beth Keith, Fresh Expressions, 2013
978-095600057-6
Pioneers 4 Life Pioneers 4 Life: Explorations in Theology and Wisdom for Pioneering Leaders
David Male (ed), BRF, 2011
978-184101827-0
Starting and sustaining a fresh expression of church (Share booklets 01-08) Starting and sustaining a fresh expression of church (Share booklets 01-08)
Michael Moynagh with Andy Freeman, John Preston, Andrew Roberts, Fresh Expressions, 2013
978-095681230-8

Further Share booklets are available on a variety of topics.

emergingchurch.intro emergingchurch.intro
Michael Moynagh, Monarch, 2004
978-185424664-6

B. Going deeper

Church for every context Church for every context: An introduction to theology and practice
Michael Moynagh, SCM Press, 2012
978-033404369-0

The remaining books are sorted alphabetically by author surname.

Fresh expressions in the mission of the church Fresh Expressions in the Mission of the Church
CHP/St Andrew's Press, 2012
978-071514295-0
Transforming mission Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission
David Bosch, Orbis, 1991
978-088344719-2
Making disciples in fresh expressions of church making disciples in fresh expressions of church
Graham Cray, Fresh Expressions, 2013
978-095600058-3
New monasticism as fresh expression of church Ancient Faith, Future Mission: new monasticism as fresh expression of church
Graham Cray (ed), Ian Mobsby (ed), Canterbury Press Norwich, 2010
978-184825044-4
fresh expressions of church and the kingdom of God Ancient Faith, Future Mission: fresh expressions of church and the Kingdom of God
Graham Cray (ed), Ian Mobsby (ed), Aaron Kennedy (ed), Canterbury Press Norwich, 2012
978-1848250918
Discerning leadership Discerning Leadership: Cooperating with the Go-Between God
Graham Cray, Grove Books, 2010
978-185174764-1
Mission-shaped Questions Mission-shaped Questions: Defining issues for today's church
Steven Croft (ed), CHP, 2008
978-071514153-3
fresh expressions in the sacramental tradition Ancient Faith, Future Mission: fresh expressions in the sacramental tradition
Steven Croft (ed), Ian Mobsby (ed), Canterbury Press Norwich, 2009
978-185311973-6
The shaping of things to come The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century Church
Michael Frost, Alan Hirsch, Hendrickson, 2003
978-156563659-0
Exiles Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post Christian Culture
Michael Frost, Baker Academic, 2006
978-080104627-8
Emerging Churches Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Communities in Postmodern Cultures
Eddie Gibbs, Ryan Bolger, SPCK, 2006
978-028105791-7
The forgotten ways The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church
Alan Hirsch, Leonard Sweet, Brazos, 2007
978-158743164-7
Messy Church Theology Messy Church Theology: Exploring the significance of Messy Church for the wider church
George Lings, Messy Church, 2013
978-085746171-1
Making disciples in Messy Church Making Disciples in Messy Church: Growing Faith in an All-age Community
Paul Moore, Messy Church, 2013
978-085746218-3
Evaluating fresh expressions Evaluating Fresh Expressions: explorations in emerging church
Martyn Percy (ed), Louise Nelstrop (ed), Canterbury Press Norwich, 2008
978-185311816-6
God-shaped Mission God-Shaped Mission: Theological and Practical Perspectives from the Rural Church
Alan Smith, Canterbury Press Norwich, 2008
978-185311807-4
 fishing nets or safety nets Fresh Expressions of Church: Fishing Nets or Safety Nets?
Matt Stone, Grove Books, 2010
978-185174774-0

C. Stories and examples

Sorted alphabetically by author surname.

Encounters on the Edge #56 Snapshots - stories from the edge
Church Army's Research Unit, 2014-current
Encounters on the Edge
Church Army's Research Unit, 2009-13, encountersontheedge.org.uk
Church on the edge Church on the Edge: Principles and real life stories of 21st century mission
Nick Cuthbert, Chris Stoddard, RUN, 2006
978-186024551-0
Mixed up blessing Mixed Up Blessing: A New Encounter with Being Church
Barbara Glasson, Inspire, 2006
978-185852305-7
I am somewhere else I Am Somewhere Else: Gospel Reflections from an Emerging Church
Barbara Glasson, Darton, Longman & Todd, 2006
978-023252597-7
 the dvd - 1 expressions: the dvd - 1: stories of church for a changing culture
Norman Ivison, CHP, 2006
978-071514095-6
 the dvd - 2 expressions: the dvd - 2: changing church in every place
Norman Ivison, CHP, 2007
978-071514128-1
Sanctus Sanctus: fresh expressions of church in the sacramental tradition
Norman Ivison, Fresh Expressions, 2009
978-095600053-8
Church unplugged Church Unplugged: Remodelling Church without Losing Your Soul
Dave Male, Authentic Media, 2008
978-185078792-1
Messy Church Messy Church: Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centred community (2nd edition)
Lucy Moore, Messy Church, 2011
978-085746145-2
Messy Church 2 Messy Church 2: Ideas for discipling a Christ-centred community (2nd edition)
Lucy Moore, Messy Church, 2012
978-085746230-5
Through the pilgrim door Through the Pilgrim Door: Pioneering a Fresh Expression of Church
Michael Volland, DC Cook, 2009
978-184291399-4

D. Blogs

Jonny Baker
Jonny Baker
Steve Hollinghurst
Steve Hollinghurst
Ben Edson
Ben Edson
Missional Musings
Norman Ivison
Tall Skinny Kiwi
Andrew Jones
Messy Church
Lucy Moore
Distinctly welcoming
Richard Sudworth