Today: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
 
 

 

Background info: fresh expressions

God never changes, but the way Christianity and Christian fellowship are expressed can change, to keep pace with an ever-changing society.

Here are just a few of the ways in which, according to Stuart Murray in Post-Christendom, the UK church has changed its role in relation to society:

  • From the centre to the margins – faith is no longer the backdrop to daily life. This puts church at the edge, not the centre, much like the early church as Christianity was being established. This can be a very exciting and adventurous place to be.
  • From settlers to sojourners – from feeling comfortable, the church now finds itself taking risks in finding new ways to ‘sing the Lord’s song in a strange land’.
  • From control to witness – from being an accepted and respected influence, the church must now live out what it believes, rather than expect people to already know it.
  • From maintenance to mission – from protecting a traditional way of being to moving into new territories and finding new ways to engage with society.

The church is responding to these challenges. Many ‘fresh expressions’ of church, or new ways to do and be church, are springing up. These may involve non-traditional styles, formats, venues and times, and may serve discrete congregations whose members are bound closely together in some way (through their work, their age group, a special-interest group, etc).

Fresh Expressions is an initiative of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, supported by the Methodist Council. Its aim is to resource mission through encouraging new and different expressions of church life. Church on the Net is registered as a fresh expression of church.

Like Paul, Church on the Net believes “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love... For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit…” Colossians (NT), 2:2-5

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