A fresh expression is a form of church for our changing culture established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church.
A fresh expression is …
1. Missional – it intends to work with non-churchgoers
2. Contextual – it seeks to fit the context
3. Formational – it aims to form disciples
4. Ecclesial – it intends to become church
Research shows that 60% of people in our country have no connection with church and really no desire to be connected with church as we know it either.
Ever since the Mission-shaped Church report was published in 2004 the Church of England alongside partner churches has been developing the Fresh Expressions network – see http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk
The Fresh Expressions Network has recently put together 3-minute guides to provide an introduction to ‘essential fresh expressions’ – what they are, why they are important, how to start, how to make disciples, how to grow mature disciples, how to reproduce and how to evaluate fresh expressions. Each guide can be read in 3 minutes! Click on the links below to download these guides:
There are a small, but growing number of fresh expressions of Church in Nottinghamshire and some are connected to Anglican structures.Training resources are readily available for finding out about how to start and lead fresh expressions. The Mission-Shaped Introduction Course is a short course that can be run locally – see http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/missionshapedintro
A longer course Mission-shaped Ministry takes place over nine months to a year and is run regularly in our region. See www.missionshapedministry.org and contact Director of Ministry and Mission for more details.
Other regular training events are put on from time to time.
Those who lead fresh expressions are termed pioneer ministers and you can read more about them and what they do and how they are trained here.
The Director of Ministry and Mission is available for consultation and discussion on any aspect of fresh expressions.
Pioneer Ministry and Pioneer Ministers
A pioneer minister is someone who has the necessary vision and gifts to be a missionary entrepreneur: with the capacity to form and lead fresh expressions and new forms of church appropriate to a particular culture. Pioneer ministers can be either ordained or lay (not ordained).
For further information and training resources see http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/pioneerministry
The Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham is seeking to expand the number of its fresh expressions and occasionally lay pioneer posts or their equivalent will be advertised – see the job vacancies page.
Anyone wanting to think about their call to ordination as a Pioneer Minister should seek an early conversation with the Vocations Adviser and Director of Ordinands. All the documentation relating to this ministry is available here