THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
Fresh Expressions – Does it open any doors for us?
For example, here is the general outline it has for anyone interested in starting a “Fresh Expressions” church:
* Get together with at least one other Christian. As you check whether your expectations are on the same page, hopefully a sense of shared call will emerge.
Getting together → a shared call
* Explore the possibilities through ‘360 degrees listening’ – to the people you may be called to serve, Christians you are close to, the experience of the wider church and to God directly in prayer and Bible study. Hopefully a vision for what to do will be confirmed or emerge.
Exploring possibilities → a shared vision
* Think ahead. Imagine how the venture might become church. What are the really important things you would need to do to make this happen? Might these become a statement of values?
Thinking ahead → shared values
* Organise support – prayer support, from the people you are called to serve, permission-givers and the wider public (eg, through good child protection and health and safety).
Organising support → a shared venture
* Nurture the team through appropriate training, making sure everyone is clear about their role and so on.
Nurturing the team → shared leadership
As you browse the site you’ll find lots of helpful information, ideas about process, and even some free training courses that you can use in your own church.