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Fresh Expressions on the rise

The Fresh Expressions movement is gathering momentum in the UK, despite its detractors, reports Pat Ashworth.

Church Times   |  27 Nov 2016  |

THE Church of England is finally acknowledging the significance of Fresh Expressions, and its parallel 'pioneer ministry,' heard a UK conference of 600 participants on Saturday.

The event, Catching Sight , hosted by the diocese of Leicester, was designed to take stock of the Fresh Expressions movement, which dates back to 2004 and has registered 3400 different groups.

Canon George Lings, director of the Church Army Research Unit, took a Screwtape approach to demonstrate the unwillingness of the inherited church to accept the positive findings of reports such as The  Day of Small Things  and From  Anecdote to Evidence .

This manifested itself, he suggested, in everything from ignoring the reports, to complacency — “Cathedrals now sing Graham Kendrick songs so we know we’re up to date” — and ridicule: “Five Christians meeting at a bus stop, so it must be a Fresh Expressions church.”

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