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.
Listen in on a theological symposium involving some of the most notable Wesley scholars in the world, a series of conversations between two theologians on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30-7:30 PM.
The Pioneer Cohort will not only provide you with new ideas and actionable training…it will also surround you with friends and colleagues who are going through the same thing. Participate online without leaving your context.
Each Pioneer Cohort Includes:
September 25, 2023, 7-9 PM via Zoom
The Greenhouse is for teams of two or more thinking about starting Fresh Expressions or currently cultivating FX to learn together, share ideas, and encourage one another in the FX journey alongside your Conference and District Cultivators.
October 21 | Crossroads UMC in Conyers
Dr. Michael Beck will lead a "Recovery Church: How to Cultivate Fresh Expressions That Heal" training, hosted by Crossroads UMC in Conyers on Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 10-3:30. Cost will be $40/person and include lunch or $99/Church. Registration Includes lunch and the Book: Painting with Ashes: When Your Weakness Becomes Your Superpower. Sessions will include: Why Recovery? Cultivating Fresh Expressions of Recovery, and Essential Skills for Recovery Leaders and Congregations. Every congregation can start recovery ministries that literally save lives.
November 9th-11th, 2023 | Orlando, FL
Hear from leading thinkers, practitioners, and movement leaders.
Connect with fellow dinner church pastors or network leaders through planned meet-ups and breakouts.
Get inspired and refreshed through two immersive dinner church experiences.
Find answers you need to the practical challenges your dinner church is facing.
Renew or ignite your passion for the Jesus table.
Take home practical tools to implement in your dinner church context. y
February 7-9, 2024
In 2024, multiple conferences across the US are partnering to create the first-ever Fresh Expressions UM National Gathering. We will gather in Orlando, Florida, February 7-9, 2024.
The future of the continuing United Methodist Church is bright. We are gathering together to be inspired with fresh imagination and hope, while curating best practices from the field. We will learn from some of the most notable bishops, scholars, and practitioners across the connection. A plethora of workshops will be provided, offering an array of practical tools, processes, and frameworks. Immersion sites across Florida will be prepared to receive teams that want to experience mature Fresh Expressions firsthand.
Starting in January: A 6-week online cohort to explore different models and tools for forming a House Church or network of House Churches.
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.
Congratulations to the following churches for being awarded grants to start FX in the first cycle of the 2023-24 conference year!
Dinner Church/Messy Church Grants
The next window opens in January 2024.