A New Church For A New World: A Fresh Expressions Vision Day
At it’s core, Ecclesia is committed to the development of missional churches that are focused on reaching our growing Post-Christian society. We are also a network that is dedicated to collaboration with other like-minded people. Earlier this year, Ecclesia joined into a partnership with several other denominations and church networks to start an initiative called Fresh Expressions US. Fresh Expressions was originally started in England, and it has resulted in the birth of 3,000 new communities in the UK alone Fresh Expressions has also spread to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and is now taking shaping in the US. At it’s heart, Fresh Expressions is a movement dedicated to cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations.
This years Northeast Regional takes a look at the need for new kinds of church expressions along with how to go about starting them. Dave Fitch, JR Woodward, JR Briggs, Chris Backert, and several others will be helping to guide the time.
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October 6, 2011 at Biblical Theological Seminary; 9am – 4:30pm
Registration / Cost
Cost: $25 (includes lunch) – Registration for this event will be through the Fresh Expressions site and not the Ecclesia site. You can register here.
What is Fresh Expressions?
As someone once said … “if you have a new world – you need a new church”. Fresh Expressions is a movement that is cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations, in order to reach our new world. Begun in England 8 years ago, it has resulted in the birth of 3,000 new communities in the UK alone. Fresh Expressions has spread to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and is now taking shape in the US.
At its heart, Fresh Expressions is about empowering and equipping God’s people to develop creative expressions of church that can reach the increasing diversity of our society.
What is Vision Day?
Vision Day is a great way to discover more about Fresh Expressions. In an interactive format, you will have the chance to:
- Hear how Fresh Expressions is renewing the church
- Talk about the development of Fresh Expressions US
- Learn more about the Mission-Shaped Church
- Discover tools to start a Fresh Expressions in your area
What’s the schedule?
- 9.00am // Gathering Time – Coffee & Refreshments
- 9.30am // Welcome & Worship
- 10.00am // Session # 1 – Movement: How Fresh Expressions Is Changing the Landscape
- 11.30am // Lunch Break*
- 12.45pm // Session # 2 – Cultivation: How Fresh Expressions Can
- Develop // In Your Context 2.00pm Afternoon Break
- 2.15pm // Breakout Sessions/Discussion Groups
- Discipleship in New Forms of Church – Ben Jamison
- New Forms of Church in Established Churches & Denominations – Chris Backert
- Essential Practices for New Forms of Church – David Fitch
- What Kind of New Church To Start? – J.R. Briggs
- 3.15pm // Break
- 3.30pm // Session # 3 – Action: How You Can Get Involved 4.30pm Closing
* Note: There will be a separate lunch for students interested in hearing about vocational ministry opportunities with the Baptist General Association of Virginia.