Fresh Expressions

 


A fresh expression is a new form of church for those not connected to any church. They take shape outside of the walls of the church in places where our neighbors are already gathering. Fresh expressions in the North Georgia Conference are making new disciples and are passing on the traditions of our Wesleyan faith in new and creative ways. Fresh expressions are anchored to existing churches, connecting churches with people who would never enter the church building on a Sunday morning. They do not exist to get people to come to our church, but rather to form new faith communities in places where people are already gathering.

 

 

WHY FRESH EXPRESSIONS?

  • We are living through a dramatic shift in the American church where 60% of America’s population is increasingly alienated from traditional forms of church.
  • A majority of people who do not attend church believe in God, but for a variety of reasons will not visit a traditional church setting.
  • Fresh Expressions offers the experience of belonging to a church community in ways that rethink what it is to be a church.
  • Fresh Expressions empowers conventional churches to connect with their neighbors in new ways.
  • A Fresh Expression is a cost effective way to launch new faith communities.
  • Lay persons of the church can launch and lead fresh expressions.

WAYS TO LEARN AND ENGAGE

ONLINE EVENTS

        

     Online Book Discussion                                                                  FACEBOOK Live Events

Mondays from 7-8:15 pm.                                                                            Have FX questions?  Join us on our FACEBOOK page  Book is required and participants should read the first                                to get answers live with NGA Cultivator and Pioneer             chapters prior to the first session.                                                                Rev. Heather Jallad.          

                  SESSIONS:                                                                 Click here to join the group page.

  • January 13-February 17
  • April 13-May 18 

 Click here to RSVP

 


LOCAL EVENTS

Local Church Workshop

Ready to start a Fresh Expression and need help determining your next steps? Schedule a Local Church Workshop with NGA Cultivator and Pioneer Rev. Heather M. Jallad. Local Church Workshops typically include 

Why the Church Needs Fresh Expressions. 

Discover the current state of the North American Church and a new way to reach our communities.

How to Start a Fresh Expression of Church.

Learn five steps that any church community can take to experiment with new forms of Church.

Three Roles in a Mixed Economy Church.

Help your church members find their place in the Fresh Expressions approach to mission.

Interactive Activities, Including:

Marshmallow Towers, People Mapping, Asset Mapping and much more.

Contact Rev. Jallad to schedule your workshop. 


 

Do you...

...have an idea for a fresh expression but you don't know where to start?

...have a ministry that has potential to become a fresh expression of church?

...have a mission experiment already started but you could use help moving forward?

...need encouragement as you try to connect with new people who don't go to church?

Fresh Expressions Accelerator is your guide through the journey of starting fresh expressions of Church.

Ticket Options:

Launch Day + 12 months of Pioneer Training

Launch Day + 12 months of Pioneer Training+ 6 months of coaching circles

* Discounted participation is available for members of the North Georgia UMC (see registration link for more details)

Register today! 


 

This one-day workshop featuring David Fitch and J.R. Briggs will give you concrete methods for organizing your church to join God's mission in the world. Tickets include lunch and a copy of The book by David Fitch, "7 Practices for the Church on Mission".               

                                                                     Register Today!                                                                                      


 

NATIONAL EVENTS

 

 

We see the unfolding of Present Future Church that is breathing life and hope into existing congregations and the neighborhoods and networks around them.

This gathering will reconnect you with hope for the Church

  • Hope for facing tomorrow's difficulties with 2,000 years of missionary experience
  • Hope from practitioners who have blended new and inherited forms of Church
  • Hope for how your church can address the complex social realities of the future

Three days of immersive learning, expert advice and missional inspiration. Key note speakers will include Len Sweet and Tod Bolsinger amongst others.

iNorth Georgia participants can receive an Early Bird registration fee of $99 through November 30th using code  NGAUMC.  A $20 discount applies to NGA participants after the early bird period.

Register today!           


FRESH EXPRESSIONS GRANTS

MICRO GRANTS:

Introduced at Annual Conference, the Center for Congregational Excellence is offering $500 micro grants for new Fresh Expressions!  

Step 1:  Talk with your pastor about your Fresh Expression and get their approval

Step 2:  Obtain approval from your Church Council  or Administrative Board

Step 3:  Submit your written proposal using the link below

Step 4:  Participate in a call with the FX Cultivator about your proposal

Click here for FX Micro Grant Application

 

FULL GRANTS:

These Fresh Expression grants are “matching” up to $5000 per request. To be eligible for a Fresh Expressions grant, your local church must commit to ½ of the amount being requested.  Grants can be requested up to twice (2X) per calendar year.

Fresh Expressions Grant Application