Fresh Expressions Vision Day Recap
A Fresh Expression is a form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church
-It will come into being through the principles of listening, service, incarnational mission and making disciples. - It will have the potential to become a mature expression of church shaped by the gospel and the enduring marks of the church and for its cultural context.[caption id="attachment_9323" align="alignright" width="300"] Michael Beck[/caption] They also outlined the basics of what Fresh Expressions are:
- Fresh Expressions reach out to a changing, diverse culture, putting expressions of church closer to people.
- Connect people in First, Second, Third Spaces (primary places like home and office; secondary places like church and similar organizations; third places like coffee shops, pubs, bookstores, parks, etc.)
- Gather in Smaller Micro-Communities
- With people who are interested in pursuing meaning and purpose
- Not in competition with the existing church, but a complement to it.
- Gathering of large church clergy for conversations about anchoring (sponsoring) Fresh Expressions, missional initiatives, and intentional communities
Thursday, June 1, St. Luke’s UMC Hickory, 10:00 – 2:00 (complimentary lunch) Register with Candy Caron in the Conference Office.
- Annual Conference Fresh Expressions experiential learning opportunities sponsored by WNCC Vitality Team
Yoga Church – hosted by Mouzon UMC Location: Kern Center, Lakeside Porch, Friday June 23, 8:30-9:30 am Registration required (30 spots) www.acyogachurch.eventbrite.com
Kayak Church – hosted by River of Life Location: Kern Center Recreation Hut, Friday, June 23, 12:00-1:15 pm Registration required (30 spots) www.ackayakchurch.eventbrite.com
Pub Church – hosted by King Street Church Location: Boojum Taproom, Waynesville, Saturday, June 24, 6:00-7:00 pm Registration required (20 spots) www.acpubchurch.eventbrite.com
- Fresh Expressions Roundtables to follow-up Salisbury Vision Day; these regional conversations are open to folks interested in starting Fresh Expressions and will be hosted in two locations later this summer, dates and times to be announced. Charlotte: University City UMC High Point: Wesley Memorial UMC
- Fall Vision Day for the western part of WNCC (hosted by Blue Ridge District) Date and place to be announced
- Pioneer Learning Community for those who have attended a Vision Day, Roundtable, or are ready for a peer cohort over several months for Fresh Expressions leadership development To be formed early in 2018
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.