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Fresh expressions blog

Welcome to the blog site for fresh expressions in the Church of England.

Here you'll find regular, relevant content aimed at stimulating your thinking and conversations around fresh expressions of church.
  1. Close up of a mosaic crucifix on a clergy robe

    What do we mean when we say fresh expressions are 'ecclesial'?


    Missiologist, theologian, innovator and writer Mike Moynagh explains how a fresh expression is ecclesial because we prayerfully hope that God will enable it to arrive at “church.”

    3 min read
  2. A long road leading towards cloud covered hills hills in the distance

    What do we mean when we say Fresh Expressions are ‘formational’?


    Church of England Pioneer minister, creative and community activist Mark Berry reflects on the formational nature of fresh expressions.

    3 min read
  3. A home-made banner with paintings of trees and faces

    Out of small acorns, Derwent Oak grew


    Beth Honey is Pioneer Minister in the Derwent Ward of Derby Diocese and Co-leader of a growing fresh expressions called Derwent Oak. Here she describes how the seed of a simple plan has grown into a fully-fledged Christian community with branches that extend right across the local context.

    5 min read
  4. Circular diagram showing a cycle of activities for mission

    What do we mean when we say fresh expressions are 'contextual'?


    This month, ordained Pioneer and Mission PhD researcher Ian Mobsby explores the importance of fresh expressions being 'contextual' and how the ‘Listening First Missional Journey’ helps with that.

    4 min read
  5. Close up of several pairs of feet walking in a forest

    Could now be the moment for 'Forest' churches to grow?


    Environmental Engagement Officer in the Gloucester Diocese, Cate Williams, explains why Forest Church could see growth during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

    4 min read
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    Can parish churches and Fresh Expressions co-exist in harmony?


    The Diocese of Leicester's Lead Pioneering Development Worker, Jonathan Dowman, considers how new and existing forms of church might co-exist in an increasingly mixed ecology of Christian communities.

    4 min read
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    Resource Churches and Fresh Expressions – what’s the difference?


    In this blog, Church Mission Society's Pioneer Hub Coordinator, Paul Bradbury, weighs up what's similar and different between Resource Churches and Fresh Expressions.

    3 min read
  8. A picture of a word cloud for fresh expressions of church

    The language we use


    A blog by Heather Cracknell, Head of Development for Fresh Expressions in the Church of England, reflecting on the language we use.

    2 min read