What is a Fresh Expression of church?
A Fresh Expression of church is a new Christian gathering developed mainly for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church. For some further background, please see the below video:
Fresh Expressions listen to those outside the Church and enter their culture to help them meet and follow Jesus in an environment that is comfortable and relevant to them. Fresh Expressions are for people in churches who want to reach new or different parts of their community – might this be you? Watch the video here:
Most Anglican Fresh Expressions of church are part of parish ministry and are accountable to local clergy.
Greenhouse is the Church of England’s resource hub which will help you on the journey.
Fresh Expressions come in all shapes and sizes. Some are based around a particular group or interest, and some around a specific community or a need in that community, such as Café Church, Cell Church, Messy Church and Forest Church. These may all have the same name but around the country they rarely look the same in practice. The national Fresh Expressions website (https://freshexpressions.org.uk/) has lots of examples and approaches with ideas and encouragement.
We will be adding stories from across the diocese. In the meantime, if you are interested in finding a Fresh Expression that is local to you, or in setting one up, please contact the College of St Hugh to connect with people in this area of church growth.
The Mission Shaped Ministry course is designed for people who want to explore running different forms of church. It is run in partnership with the other denominations in the diocese. Please click here for more information or contact the College of St Hugh to access the training resources.