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. It will come into being through principles of listening, service, contextual mission and making disciples. It will have the potential to become a mature expression of church shaped by the gospel and the enduring marks of the church and for its cultural context. (p. 3-4, Fresh Expressions, A New Kind of Methodist Church for People Not in Church)
60% of the population reports that they are unchurched for various reasons. (Chapter 2, Fresh Expressions, A New Kind of Methodist Church for People Not in Church)
Our lifestyles are diverse and more involved than 40+ years ago. While a great deal of our time is spent at work and home, “third places” also grab us for time. These “third places” represent the time we are at coffee shops, sporting leagues, digital media, entertainment, exercising at restaurants and/or pubs.
The Fresh Expressions movement is a bold attempt to plant the gospel organically in the “third places” of our lives, inhabited by the unchurched and dechurched, the “nones”, the “dones”, and the “spiritual but not religious”. (from p. 74 Fresh Expressions, A New Kind of Methodist Church for People Not in Church)
The Great Plains United Methodist Conference will hold two days of discernment and visioning:
Find more information about these events on the Vision Days page.