Fresh! An introduction to fresh expressions of church and pioneer ministry offers a strong rationale for fresh expressions and pioneer ministries rooted in scripture and in the breath of the Christian tradition. This is tested against the realities of contemporary British culture and critiques of the notion of fresh expressions.
Written by David Goodhew, Andrew Roberts and Michael Volland, Fresh! offers practical guidance for starting and sustaining such ministries in the long term. It provides a survey of best practice within fresh expressions and pioneer ministry.
Fresh! comes out of the mature reflection of church leaders and theologians who have been active in such ministries over a number of years, showing how such ministries are integral to the work of the church both now and over the long term. This is combined with valuable practical advice - the best kind of practical theology.
With plenty of real-life experience to illustrate and inspire, this book is a lively exploration of the faith and practice of establishing fresh expressions of church. Reflecting on pioneer stories helps us to enlarge our understanding of God's mission today. I pray - which is far ever before us, ahead of us, beside us, behind us and above us - this book, and the example of these fresh expressions of God's love will help us to take bold risks and to fulfil our vocation as part of One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
This book discusses the theological and cultural reasons for developing fresh expressions and then tackles the gritty reality through the eyes of pioneers already developing and sustaining them. It poses challenging questions for anyone who feels called to pioneering. A valuable resource for anyone with an interest in fresh expressions.
Linda Rayner, Fresh Expressions Coordinator, The United Reformed Church
Three experienced practitioners offer theological reflection on some key questions along with practical insights gleaned from their own engagement with new forms of ecclesial community in a way that offers a valuable contribution to the ongoing conversation.
Professor John Drane
This is a gift of a book – well constructed, aimed and timed for all those serious about the need of the hour and seeking to see the re-evangelisation of western society.
Pete Atkins, a director of Ground Level network of churches
A great balance of theology, praxis and experience, encouraging leadership to practical and effective action in pioneering fresh expressions.
Stephen Lindridge, Methodist National Missioner, Fresh Expressions