A movement of mission-shaped communities

  • Connecting
  • Networking
  • Calling
  • Equipping

ordinary people to form new Christian communities with our extraordinary God.

Fresh Expressions is a movement; we're a band of misfits, visionaries, prophets, evangelists and creative entrepreneurs from across all church traditions who can see what isn’t there and have the grit and faith to go out, listen, love, serve, tell people about Jesus and work with their new communities to create a new and authentic expression of church that makes sense to them.

What is a Fresh Expression?

“Fresh Expressions are new forms of church that emerge within contemporary culture and engage primarily with those who don’t ‘go to church.” Mission Shaped Church Report

Get Equipped

The fx journey is a great place to start. This 6-part framework underpinned by prayer guides you through listening, loving & serving, building community and exploring discipleship to church taking shape and doing it again!

Get Connected

Fresh Expressions is a movement that works on connections. We aim to be a network of networks, drawing people together from across the diversity of the church and from all kinds of experiences and perspectives.

Get Inspired

Fresh Expressions are contextual models of church so they’re all different: new housing, rural, urban, suburban, messy church, third age, forests, coffee shops, beaches, pubs, barns, online and even church buildings.
“A Fresh Expression is a form of church for our changing culture established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church.”
Bishop Steven Croft
Diocese of Oxford

THE FRESH EXPRESSIONS JOURNEY

The fx journey is a 6-part framework used by practitioners. Whilst there is a natural progression from one stage to the next this doesn’t mean it’s prescriptive. Pioneering is a creative process so you can often find yourself going backwards before you move forwards which is why the whole journey is underpinned by prayer, ongoing listening and a grace-filled relationship with the wider Church.

“The Fresh Expressions journey is not a theoretical idea. It is what we have observed more and more Christians doing across the globe. They know the gap between the world and the current church is too big for their friends and contacts to leap across. So they are starting new Christian communities in the nooks and crannies of people’s ordinary lives.”

Mike Moynagh​
Missiologist and writer

Getting started

Pioneering is all about growing new forms of church where church isn’t.

We’ve been doing this for over 18 years and we have a vast community of practitioners and loads of resources.

Start here

fx Values

Fresh Expressions of Church take several different forms; 

from new housing, rural, messy church, forests, coffee shops, barns, online and even church buildings. Several key features unite them to provide further clarity…

Learn more

EXAMPLES OF FRESH EXPRESSIONS

Fresh Expressions are rooted in and shaped by the context in which they’re established

No single Fresh Expression is the same. These stories are a great place to be inspired.

Learn more

fx Resourcing

One of the four key activities of fx is to enable the resourcing of the movement

We’ve developed a sustainable framework that empowers practitioners and pioneers within the movement to co-create and resource one another. Check out the wealth of resources and training available

Start here
The Mission Shaped Podcast
The Mission Shaped Podcast
S01 Ep6 Linda Maslen - Wrestling with the congregation, literally!
Loading
/

The fx Prayer

Gracious God, 

Keep us ever mindful of your presence thankful for what has been and excited for what is to come. May we walk in humility always hungry for more of you. Open our ears that we would always hear you. Break our hearts for what hurts you. Holy Spirit lead us always to where you need us to be. Equip us to be a courageous movement telling stories of hope And proclaiming, in fresh ways, the Good News to this Generation; to the Glory of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Amen

March 2024
Mar 05
05 March 2024
ONLINE,

Rural & Wild – Forests and fire-pits – join us for a conversation around a virtual campfire – what might we discover together? 5th March at 2pm via zoom. Hosted […]

Mar 19
19 March 2024
The Hayes Conference Centre, The Hayes Conference Centre, Hayes Ln
Swanwick, Alfreton DE55 1AU United Kingdom

We're thrilled to invite you to our Mar24 Gathering -  'Story & Song' It's all about having the real conversations, the ones that matter most to you with people who […]

April 2024
Apr 09
09 April 2024
ONLINE,

Who, Me? Join us for an informal evening about how everyday Jesus followers like you are involved in forming new vibrant Christian communities in every ordinary nook and cranny of […]