There is now a growing body of experience of engaging in mission which leads to fresh expressions of church in all sorts of contexts and taking all sorts of styles, shapes and sizes. Continue reading “Pioneers or Innovators?”
It was Henry Venn, the CMS pioneer missionary who coined the 3-self principle for guiding the development of church plants, over a century ago.
He proposed the principle from his experience of taking the gospel to new cultures in other continents. His aim was to see the growth of indigenous faith communities that were neither shaped by the missionaries’ culture nor dependent on the mission agency’s ongoing resourcing. Continue reading “The 3-Self Principle – Which end of the telescope?”
A while back a friend was going to address a large gathering of a historic denomination in another continent and called me on the phone for ideas as he was doing his preparation.
One of his questions was “What are the things that we observe that have most contributed to the beginnings of a “sea change” within the Church of England towards mission, Fresh Expressions and church planting?” Continue reading “Loyal Radicals”
This two part paper written by Bob Hopkins outlines a proposal for a new initiative in the selection, training, recognition and deployment of pioneer missional leaders. A must read for those considering pioneer leadership and ordination. Download the papers using the following link.
In Church After Christendom Stuart Murray-Williams has written that
“The brightest hope for church after Christendom is a symbiotic relationship between inherited and emerging churches. We need each other.”
We usually refer to that symbiotic relationship as the mixed economy: a complementary partnership between fresh expressions of church and inherited models of church. But it can be understood in other ways as well. At a recent conference in Germany, Bishop Steven Croft spoke of “connecting the centre to the edge” as one of the keys to the rapid growth of fresh expressions in the UK. Continue reading “Connecting the Centre to the Edge, Graham Cray”
Over the years, one of the most complex and controversial issues in the field of Christian mission has been the Homogenous Unit Principle (or so called HUP). Partly this is because of its roots in the US ‘church growth’ language, but it is also because of some deeper theological reasons. In this article we want to unpack and explore some of these key issues. Continue reading “The Homogeneous Hot Potato”