Fresh ! offers a strong rationale for fresh expressions and pioneer ministries rooted in scripture and in the breath of the Christian tradition. This is tested against the realities of contemporary British culture and critiques of the notion of Fresh Expressions. It offers practical guidance for starting and sustaining such ministries in the long term. It provides a survey of best practice within Fresh Expressions and pioneer ministry.Fresh ! comes out of the mature reflection of church leaders and theologians who have been active in such ministries over a number of years, showing how such ministries are integral to the work of the church both now and over the long term.This is combined with valuable practical advice - the best kind of practical theology.
David Goodhew is Director of Ministerial Practice at Cranmer Hall, Durham, prior to which he was Vicar of St Oswald's, Church, York
Andrew Roberts is National Director of Training for Fresh Expressions.
Michael Volland is Director of Mission and Pioneer Ministry at Cranmer Hall, Durham, prior to which he led a Fresh Expression in Gloucester.
FRESH! : A great balance of theology, praxis and experience, encouraging leadership to practical and effective action in pioneering fresh expressions - Stephen Lindridge, Fresh Expressions, Methodist National Missioner 'With plenty of real-life experience to illustrate and inspire, this book is a lively exploration of the faith and practice of establishing fresh expressions of church. Reflecting on pioneer stories helps us to enlarge our understanding of God's mission today. I pray - which is far ever before us, ahead of us, beside us, behind us and above us - this book, and the example of these fresh expressions of God's love will help us to take bold risks and to fulfil our vocation as part of One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.' - Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York 'FRESH! Is a valuable resource for anyone enquiring about fresh expressions and pioneer ministry' - Linda Rayner, Fresh Expressions Coordinator, The United Reformed Church 'This is a gift of a book - well constructed, aimed and timed for all those serious about the need of the hour and seeking to see the re-evangelisation of western society' - Pete Atkins, a director of Ground Level network of churches. 'The summary chapter of what a fresh expression is and is not is quite brilliant - simple, focused, and very clear but also affording depth and imagination. I found the conversation around church in this chapter inspiring rather than limiting, and the section saying what a fresh expression is not should be printed out writ large and put on billboards outside all diocesan offices as an antidote to the tendency to think that all pioneers will grow up one day and become real vicars, and fresh expressions will likewise grow up and become real churches!!!'