Saturday, April 20, 2019

Fresh Expressions

What is a Fresh Expression Church?
A Fresh Expression is a form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of those who are not yet part of any church. Fresh Expressions is an international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage our growing post-Christian society. Beginning in 2004 as an initiative of the Church of England and the British Methodist Church, the movement has resulted in the birth of thousands of new communities in the United Kingdom alone and brought renewal to scores of established churches. The movement has spread to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Germany. In 2010, the movement began taking shape in the United States.

Why Fresh Expressions?
Our world is rapidly changing. It needs a church, rooted in Scripture, orthodoxy and tradition; but fluent in the language and culture of the world today.
What sets Fresh Expressions apart is a focus on forming faith communities especially for those who have never been involved in church (un-churched) or who have left the church (de-churched). But this doesn’t mean giving up on the established church. There is a great inheritance in the established church that can and must be passed along to future generations. We believe the key to doing this is by partnering with pioneering leaders, dynamic pastors and existing churches denominational streams and agencies who are committed to make disciples who make disciples, raising up leaders with a passion to join with God in the mission edges where new forms of church can flourish.

Fresh Expressions Vision Days

A Vision Day is a one-day training event that provides an opportunity to discover what it means to be the Church in new and creative ways, hear from Fresh Expressions practitioners, learn how to renew existing congregations through fresh expressions of church, and discern what this could mean for your region, community, or neighborhood. There is active discussion as well as opportunity to build networks and relationships among those in your area.

May 2, 2019 - Elizabeth River District
Great Bridge UMC, 201 Stadium Dr, Chesapeake, VA 23322

You are Invited to a Morning of Worship, Conversation, and Prayer: 
How Do We Continue To Lead in Times Like These?

Thursday, March 21st from 9:15am – 12:30pm in the Sanctuary at Crooks Memorial UMC.   204 Cook Road in Yorktown. 
***Please be advised there is another large event at the church that morning.  Additional parking is located on the backside of the church.  You'll find this by turning left upon entering the parking lot and discovering it wraps around the building.  If entering from the backside, you'll find double doors near the sanctuary (all glass breezeway). 

This all clergy event will help us not only encounter the struggles we face, but create space to learn from one another as we reflect on our leadership in the midst of a divisive time in the UMC. 

As many experienced in the past 1.5 years, we gathered regularly as colleagues to discuss how we were leading and engaging our congregations leading up to General Conference, including ways in which we cared for ourselves. It is time to gather once again to be in fellowship, offer support, learn from one another, and name what is needed. 

On the 21st, we will engage in dialogue around where we find ourselves, our congregations, and the needs for our leadership as we move ahead following the decisions of GC. 

Gathering and fellowship starting at 9:15am, session will begin at 9:30am.  We will conclude no later than 12:30pm. 

**Hosted by the York River District Clergy Association