What is Fresh Expressions?
The Fresh Expressions movement was birthed out of the UK in 2004, as a joint initiative of the Church of England and the British Methodist Church. As thousands of new communities formed in the UK alone and established churches began to experience renewal, more denominations began to partner with the work God was doing through these faith communities and the movement spread worldwide into Australia, Canada, South Africa, and beyond.
In 2010, the movement began taking shape in the US with the assistance of the Baptist General Association of Virginia and a stateside collaboration of ecumenical partners. In 2014, through the vision and support of Bishop Ken Carter, the movement began to flourish among the people of the Florida United Methodist Conference.
Fresh Expressions are forms of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church. They come into being through principles of listening, service, contextual mission and making disciples. They have the potential to become a mature expression of church shaped by the Gospel.