Fresh Expressions14 What is church? What forms can it take?
A08 what is church?15 the essence of church four dimensions or relationships MH9
A08 what is church?16 Four dimensions MH9 holy worship up apostolic mission out one community in catholic connexion of
Quotes I hold the view that the four classic marks of church are not in error or irrelevant, but equally are neither exhaustive nor comprehensive. [Atkins 2007] Emerging churches… 1) identify with the life of Jesus 2) transform the secular realm and 3) live highly communal lives. [Gibbs 2006]
A08 what is church?18 Toblerone church MH10 Up In Out Of Connected in space Connected through time and eternity
A08 what is church?19 Sharing together Look at each dimension in your fresh expression: Which is strongest? Which is weakest? Decide the weakest two. What do you need to do? MH10
Fresh Expressions20 Ralph Winter’s Paper 1970 Two structures of God’s redemptive mission
Fresh Expressions22 Paul’s approach visit the established synagogue form new synagogue-type communities of believers (as the basic unit of mission)
Fresh Expressions23 Characteristics modal complex structured diverse fellowship low demands inward maintenance ecclesiastical sodal single focus relational specialised high commitment outward default is mission organic
Lessons to learn ‘One Swallow doesn’t make a summer’ Fresh Expressions24
Lessons to learn ‘The essence of the sacraments are the day by day unfolding of a developing community in which the Gospel is being shared ’ Fresh Expressions25
Fresh Expressions26 What is a fresh expression? 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, incarnational 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.