‘Fresh Expressions is a growing network of contextual, self-replicating communities of Jesus followers being pioneered around the UK, reaching and impacting local communities, such that everyone has access to a contextually relevant expression of church where they too can grow as a missional disciple.’
Fresh Expressions of Church take several different forms, From new housing to rural, urban to suburban, messy church and third age to forests, coffee shops, beaches, pubs, barns, online and even church buildings. However, several key features unite them and provide further clarity around what a Fresh Expression is.
A FRESH EXPRESSION IS CONTEXTUAL
A FRESH EXPRESSION IS MISSIONAL
A Fresh Expression works mainly with people who do not attend church.
All Fresh Expressions grow from the realisation that there are so many people who would never choose to walk into a Church building and are followed by the desire to do something about it – that’s how every pioneering journey starts.
Fresh expressions are not Bible studies for church people in unique places. They are church for people who do not attend church. We recognize that people are no longer coming to us; we must go to them and create new forms of church in society.
A FRESH EXPRESSION IS ECCLESIAL
A fresh expression intends to become church for the people it reaches in its context.
Fresh Expressions is a movement seeking to establish new communities of faith. Although they may look different to other more established churches, their vision is still the same – to make disciples.
Fresh expressions are not “ministries” of a church, they are church. While they might not have all of the marks of a mature church, they have the intention of eventually becoming a mature expression of church.
A FRESH EXPRESSION IS FORMATIONAL
A Fresh Expression aims to form disciples.
A Fresh Expression is not a re-brand or upgrade of an existing model. We are passionate about Fresh Expressions being an authentic expression of Church that has developed – a community that can become home to anyone who wants to attend it.
As communities begin to form, fresh expressions
begin exploring discipleship. Discipleship in
fresh expressions varies from formal learning in discussions to social learning inside the close proximity of life lived together.