Stories

Real life, real people, real stories.

There are no experts when it comes to starting and sustaining fresh expressions of church - no one has really been doing it long enough to claim to know it all. But we can learn from one another and so as you explore these stories, look for principles and values rather than simply models to take off the shelf and follow.

Of course, if you are involved in a fresh expression of church with the deliberate intention of starting a new congregation for those normally well off the radar of conventional church, let us know! Submit your story using the link to the right. 

Don't forget the power of a good story - Jesus didn't.

  • Pete Gilbert from the Church of the Martyrs in Leicester tells the story of Tomatoes, engaging with unchurched local families in Leicester.

    Tuesday, 25 March, 2014
  • Klynn and Susan Alibocus discuss setting up a fresh expression of church in an affluent 'commuter' village.

    Monday, 1 February, 2010
  • Kevin Metcalf, Church Army Evanglist, describes his early attempts at pioneering in Bangor, Northern Ireland.

    Monday, 1 February, 2010
  • Revd Mark Rodel shares the story of Portsmouth's high-rise church

    Tuesday, 12 January, 2010
  • Steve Jones, Pioneer Team Co-ordinator, tells us about 'a bit of an adventure' in Devon.

    Tuesday, 12 January, 2010
  • Tina and Chris Adams talk about ThE DEN, a fresh expression for young people in a garden shed.

    Tuesday, 25 March, 2014
  • Caroline Holt reflects on how a visit to a children's indoor fun centre inspired her to start The Wesley Playhouse, a fresh expression for children and their families in Howden Clough.

    Tuesday, 25 March, 2014
  • When Chris and Tina Adams received a word of prophecy about their garden shed, thE DEN was born.

    Thursday, 16 September, 2010
  • The story of one church's journey from impending closure to thriving play centre.

    Tuesday, 22 December, 2009
  • A fresh expression of church in Perth, Ontario, is attracting young skateboarders to blend skating culture with Christianity.

    Tuesday, 22 December, 2009