Become part of a growing movement
Fresh Expressions is a growing movement of everyday people forming new, vibrant Christian communities in every ordinary nook and cranny of life.
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!
Fresh Expressions are contextual models of church which means they’re all different! 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.
“It's rather fun that after just 15 years, there are more Messy Churches than the 3,400 branches of Tesco in the UK. Admittedly, our stat of 3,915 is worldwide, but it's still something to smile about.”
Lucy Moore, Messy Church Founder & Team Leader
“A Fresh Expression is a form of church for our changing culture established primarily for the benefit if people who are not yet members of any church.”
Bishop Steven Croft
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."
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EXAMPLES OF FRESH EXPRESSIONS
Fresh Expressions are rooted in and shaped by the context in which they’re established which means no one Fresh Expression is the same. If you’re looking for inspiration of what’s possible or some new ideas of ways in which you can grow or develop your fx then these stories are a great place to start….
A six part guide to getting started. From discerning your calling and finding a team to accountability…
Get inspired and check out our blog filled with stories by fx practitioners sharing where God is at work in their communities…
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.
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