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Dinner Churches: Reaching Isolated People for Christ

“There’s a natural beauty in a big, huge, family table that says, ‘You’ll be included here,’” explained Verlon Fosner, Director of the Dinner Church Collective, a stream of the Fresh Expressions movement. He and his wife, Melodee, work together to help churches reach isolated people in their communities by establishing “dinner churches”—a type of congregation that seems new to many traditional churches but really isn’t so new at all. 

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Overcoming Barriers and Embracing Change

We host a weekly community dinner at our church and payment is anonymous. Two weeks ago, mixed in with the cash and checks was a folded piece of blank paper that to a casual eye would have looked like a check when it slipped in the box

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Fresh Expressions US: We’re Not Alone After All!

From the moment Melodee and I walked into the first session of the Fresh Expressions National Gathering, our hearts began to stir within us. Though we had been in many large momentous denominational gatherings throughout our 35-year ministry, neither of us had ever been in an environment like this before.

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Christine Sine: 6 Tips to Ensure Spiritual Growth Over the Summer

Some of you know that I am a passionate gardener, and as I think about the summer it is garden metaphors that come to mind. If we have worked diligently through the spring, sown liberally, fertilized effectively, mulched deeply and weeded aggressively, then summer is a season of little work. Our most important priority is to enjoy the beauty we have created and admire the growing bounty. Our most important priority is to enjoy the beauty we have created. Maybe summer in our churches should be viewed in the same way.

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Verlon Fosner: How to Build a Church for the Hungry and Lonely

Over on the Fresh Expressions blog recently, Vernon Foster asks "Ever notice how much of Jesus’s ministry is done at a table?" One of the key passions of the Dinner Church Collective is to share the model of ministry that has worked to serve communities. Foster shares resources to help start this model in local communities.

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Shannon Kiser: Renewing a Reputation

On the Fresh Expressions US Blog, Shannon Kiser discusses her recent interaction with a dog kennel in need of a reputation renewal. In doing so, she asks, "But what if what actually shifts people’s perception of the church is the way we relate with the community?"

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Michael Beck: 7 Ways to Stay Emotionally Healthy in Frontline Ministry

On the Fresh Expressions US Blog, Michael Beck writes that "...burn-out is impossible when we yoke with Jesus, who says, 'Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light' (Matthew 11:28-30)."

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Sowing Generously

What does it mean to sow generously? This question, gleaned from 1 Corinthians 9, is what our Fresh Expressions team ponders and prays together as we consider our mandate of putting the church Jesus loves closer to the people Jesus loves.

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Don’t Fit in at Church? Maybe You’re “R and D”

Via the Fresh Expressions blog: Does your church or denomination give permission for R and D? Is it able to function separate from the status quo? If so, are the pioneers doing the work supported in their life of mission with healthy Christian rhythms of friendship, spiritual direction and prayer?

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