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.







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 God is at work throughout our communities and in the lives of  all people. In my work as a pastor and pioneer of new things,      I get to work with, coach, and learn from others, tilling soil, planting seeds and praying for rain as we dig in and engage   our communities for the mission of God. Finding Common Ground moves us to be present in the places where space   might be cultivated for connection and relationship that becomes rooted  in the Christian community.

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Spark: An Introduction to Fresh Expressions


February 27th, 3pm | Bremen First UMC | In Person Gathering

Church can happen in all kinds of places with all kinds of people! Come get a taste of what Fresh Expressions is all about and hear stories from local practitioners about how FX has served to connect them with new people in their communities that might never come to their church. There is no cost to attend. Just please let us know you are coming so we can have enough resources and refreshments. Register by emailing


$30 per person | Click here to register

In the midst of a rapidly changing ministry landscape, Fresh Expressions invites you to join us for a day of envisioning the unique ways the Holy Spirit might be inviting you to step deeper.

In this interactive day of training you will:

  • Catalyze a vision for a church that sends out the everyday people of God to be on mission in their networks and neighborhoods

  • Brainstorm ways to connect with people your church may not be currently engaging

  • Discover how fresh expressions of church can emerge alongside your traditional church

  • Explore creative ways of being the church in the world today


May 3rd, 9am-3pm | Mount Pisgah UMC (Johns Creek) | In Person Gathering

$30 per person | Click here to register

A Dinner Church Encounter is a 1-day training event, beginning with the rich theological history of the dinner church vision, and progresses throughout the day toward more practical insights that would enable a leader or group to imagine hosting a Dinner Church in their own community.

Local Church Workshop

Ready to start a Fresh Expression and need help determining your next steps? Schedule a Local Church Workshop! 

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.

Contact Rev. Heather Jallad to schedule your workshop. 



Cohort Participants:

  • Mount Pisgah UMC
  • Austell UMC
  • St. Paul Summit Street
  • Cliftondale


 Cohort Participants:

Jordan Thrasher                       Greg Harrison 
Lindsey Solomon                      Sheila Crowe-Hinchee
Ashley Jenkins                          Lane Gilbert
Zack Townsend                         Chris Henderson
Jacob Burson                            Melissa Kime-Hall
Tyler Jackson                            Laura Patterson
Arturo Quintanilla                      Dawn Townsend
Glenn Paris                               Nicole Fike
Ben Wills                                   Mychal Ellis