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.

  • Katie Miller tells how a team serving the Marlpit estate, near Norwich, built relationship with the community from a position of powerlessness.

    Monday, 4 March, 2013
  • Tim Judson tells how Vitalise (formerly Wolverhampton Pioneer Ministries) has successfully developed young and indigenous leaders.

    Monday, 25 February, 2013
  • Mark Broomhead updates the story of The Order of the Black Sheep.

    Monday, 18 February, 2013
  • Heather Cracknell, a pioneer curate near Norwich, is looking to establish a social enterprise café and community project on a new housing development.

    Monday, 18 February, 2013
  • Chris Bennett, a Church of Ireland chaplain in Belfast, gives an update on the Dock, including a new café and the development of the Dock Walks.

    Tuesday, 12 February, 2013
  • Sam Foster, fresh expressions pioneer missioner in the Scarborough Deanery, tells how a former vicarage is at the heart of a new ministry.

    Monday, 4 February, 2013
  • Baptist minister James Karran is looking to develop a new monastic community at a Cardiff arts centre. He tells the story so far.

    Monday, 28 January, 2013
  • Rev Jane Gerdsen, Missioner for fresh expressions in the Diocese of southern Ohio, tells of A Moveable Feast in Cincinnati.

    Monday, 21 January, 2013
  • Emmanuel Café Church, launched in 2005, meets on Sunday evenings at Emmanuel Centre, Leeds University. Matt Ward updates the story.

    Monday, 14 January, 2013
  • Stuart Radcliffe tells how Heaton Moor United Church, Stockport, is linking with the local pub to develop community links.

    Wednesday, 2 January, 2013