Welcome to this issue of our fresh expressions email which is packed full with information and news about fresh expressions. Its aim is to keep us informed of what is going on with news, views, ideas and resources. If you have material you would like to be included let me know and if you wish to be removed from this mailing do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mission Shaped Ministry Course, Cambridgeshire & Suffolk starting October 2012. Book now
The next course MSM course begins in October at Moreton Hall Church near Bury St.Edmunds. If you are leading a fresh expression or wanting to or thinking about starting something new this is the course for you. It will give you all the theological & practical tools you need to begin and develop a fresh expression. The course consists of 4 Saturdays and 8 Tuesday evenings and is open to lay people & clergy. It is ideal for a leadership group from a church to attend. You need to book soon. All the details are at http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/missionshapedministry/cambridge12
Contact Dave Male if you have further questions or want fliers
Foundation Degree in Pioneer Ministry.
An exciting training opportunity starting in September 2012 , the new Foundation Degree in Pioneer Ministry, available as a one-year certificate or two-year course: 16 days of teaching in Cambridge (fortnightly during term time), reflection with fellow pioneers and application in your own context. The course is aimed at those already involved in pioneering who want to train while doing the work. The one year certificate is ideal for people doing gap years or youth worker. For more information & http://www.centreforyouthministry.ac.uk/Courses/undergraduate/fda
Contact Dave Male for more information, you can still book
A unique school for pioneers in ministry, organised by the Centre for Pioneer Learning and the Cambridge Centre for Youth Ministry.
Pioneer School is designed for pioneers who want both input and support for their ministries. Six saturdays at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, each one resourcing and supporting you in your ministry:
- informing: morning input from key speakers to bring you theological and practical resources on the important issues you encouter;
- forming: afternoon hub discussion, reflection, prayer and worship with other pioneers, giving mutual support and encouragement.
Due to the character of the School, it is not possible to sign up for single sessions; you need to commit yourself to the whole process.
Information & booking form at http://www.ridley.cam.ac.uk/cpl.html
Co-sponsored by the Centre for Pioneer Learning, Fresh Expressions, and The Methodist Church in Britain, the three conversations will be facilitated by three leading practitioners Mike Moynagh, Jo Cox and Dave Male and will explore the key current questions facing the contemporary church in the UK. Come and join us, add your voice to the conversation and gain a greater understanding for your own context.
The first event is in Cambridge on Saturday 10th Nov, looking at ‘Does the Mixed Economy Really make sense?’ You can book for one event or join nthe conversation in Birmingham and Sheffield as well.
More details and booking at http://www.ridley.cam.ac.uk/cpl.html#conversations
General Synod and Methodist Conference.
There was strong backing from both these bodies for fresh expressions. Read more at http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/news/synod-and-conference-continued-backing-mixed-economy
Two important new books.
Church for every context. Written by Michael Moynagh, this will become the theological textbook for fresh expressions. It addresses the theology and methodology of fresh expressions and church planting. Topics include ecclesiology, fresh expressions in the New Testament, social forces behind fresh expressions today, theologies to underpin fresh expressions, how fresh expressions develop, the missional dynamics involved, discipleship, worship and how fresh expressions can be sustained and supported.
Fresh Expressions in the Mission of the Church is written by the joint Anglican/Methodist working party. Using narrative experience of fresh expressions from both denominations, this new report considers the ecclesiology of fresh expressions of church within the disciplines of scripture, reason and tradition.
Have a look at http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/resources
to see the many resources available from the Fresh Expressions team. There are some great booklets which are ideal for churches thinking about fresh expressions.
Fresh expressions have released a new DVD showing 28 fresh expressions of church. A great resource to show people what might be possible
Plus a new set of booklets covering the basics of fresh expressions.