Since “Fresh Expressions” was coined as an all encompassing, Anglican and Methodist friendly term for anything ‘alt:worship’ or ’emerging church’ it has undergone an ongoing process of evolution. This can be somewhat problematic when introducing groups to these concepts. I was asked by my diocese to speak for a couple of hours to a group of prospective ordinands about “that stuff you’re into. You know, that fresh expressions type stuff”. We started with something experiential [alt:worship in a conference room with things I can carry in a bag?]. Then as we explored the topic together I found myself starting back at the very beginning and charting the progression.
Edward Green has written a great blog post looking at Fresh Expressions then and Fresh Expressions now. I won’t reproduce it here, but please go and take part in the conversation about the future shape of church.