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.’”​

Fresh Expressions is a growing movement of ordinary people across all denominations who are passionate about connecting with those who don’t know Jesus and forming new communities of faith with the people they meet in the places where they meet them. 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!

FRESH EXPRESSIONS USUALLY EMERGE WHEN

  • The Spirit of God speaks to people about the missional needs of an area, people group or culture
  • People come together to try and explore something new or take the church to new ground
  • A local need or hope inspires faithful people who sense God’s prompting to do something about it
  • The sense of call leads to action, usually in forming a community or serving people locally to start with. We use a model called the ‘Fresh Expressions Journey’ that marks out the steps to forming a growing worshipping community in more detail

How do fresh expressions work?

Simon Goddard our Resourcing lead gives a “Ted Talk” style overview of fresh expressions at a recent conference in Norway in July 2023

EXAMPLES

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.

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fx Values

All Fresh Expressions have similar values 

Those shared values help practitioners share ideas and methedologies

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Our Story

Fresh Expressions of Church have been emerging and evolving since the late 1980s.

In the late 1990’s and into the New Millennium, a number of Church denominations and mission agencies worked together…

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Theology

Fresh Expressions of Church are showing how believers can take the church with them when they engage with the world. 

As they join fellow Christians in serving others in a segment of their lives, they learn discipleship where life happens.

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