Fresh Expressions

A Fresh Expression is quite simply a fresh expression of church. Fresh Expressions is a movement that is cultivating new forms of church - the presentation of the gospel and church in context - alongside existing congregations in order to reach changing, diverse cultures and world. At its heart, Fresh Expressions is about empowering and equipping God's people to develop creative expressions of church that can reach the increasing diversity of our society in order to share a message that is transformative.

Beginning in 2004 as an initiative of the Church of England and the British Methodist Church, the movement has resulted in the birth of thousands of new communities and has brought renewal to scores of established churches. IN 2010, the movement began taking shape in the US.

Fresh Expressions can be rural or suburban, in public spaces, housing projects and college dormitories. Some are aimed at specific groups, ranging from "Messy Church" for families with children to "Amore Groups" led by married couples. There is a biker group, cowboy church, church for artists, church at or after work, -- the sky's the limit. Each is an adventure in bringing the power of the Gospel to people who might never experience Christian community and the transformational and self-giving love of Jesus.

There are four guiding principles that tie fresh expressions together:

  • MISSIONAL: reach people through outreach, community involvement and Discipleship
  • CONTEXTUAL: each one will look different as it reflects the language and culture of the people in and for their particular context
  • FORMATIONAL: people are being formed and are committing to Jesus
  • ECCLESIAL: forming local, tangible Christian communities that are able to step out as church in their own right

For more information, visit the Fresh Expression US website at


A Fresh Expressions Vision Day is a one-day training event that provides the perfect opportunity to discover what it means to be the Church in new and creative ways, hear from Fresh Expressions practitioners, learn how to renew existing congregations through fresh expressions of church, and discern what this could mean for your region, community, or neighborhood. There is active discussion as well as opportunity to build networks and relationships among those in your area.

WHEN: February 16, 2019

WHERE: Batesville UMC, 119 Panola AVE, Batesville, MS, 38606

COST: $25 per person for Mississippi Conference Affiliates | $35 per person General Admission (ticket includes lunch)



Click here for a list of books available for purchase at the Vision Day.

Leaders all across the country are rediscovering Jesus' dinner table theology that dominated the Apostolic Era. The present-day Dinner Church movement is giving leaders and churches a renewed ability to reach people who would never attend their Sunday morning gatherings. Join us for this special event to find out how the Dinner Church vision could impact your congregation's ministry and leave with practical insights that can enable you to begin hosting a Dinner Church in your own community. A Dinner Church Encounter is a 1-day training event, beginning with the rich theological history of the dinner church vision, and progresses throughout the day toward more practical insights that would enable a leader or group to imagine hosting a Dinner Church in their town.

WHEN: March 9, 2019

WHERE: Louisville First UMC, 300 W Main ST, Louisville, MS 39339

COST: $20 per person for Mississippi Conference Affiliates | $35 per person General Admission (ticket includes lunch)


Pioneers are mission entrepreneurs who have the stirrings to go beyond existing church communities to engage in life and ministry with people, fostering fresh expressions of church that connect with those uncomfortable or unfamiliar with the inherited church.
Fresh Expressions Pioneer Communities are a part-time, learning community designed to: 

  • Assist teams who want to launch fresh expressions of church
  • Help pastors and lay-leaders create Fresh Expressions strategies for their communities and neighborhoods 
  • Surround pioneers with a network of fellow sojourners and practitioners of missional ministry

Over the course of several months, Pioneer cohorts meet for two weekend retreats, monthly connection and support through coaching. Teams and individuals discern and implement intentional steps toward developing fresh expressions of church appropriate to their unique contexts. Each participant is welcomed into an on-going peer learning network upon completion of the learning community.

WHEN: April 5-6 & October 18-19

WHERE: Anderson UMC, 6205 Hanging Moss RD, Jackson, MS 39206

COST: $469 (Mississippi Conference, UMC)
(Price includes participation in both retreats (April 5-6 & Oct. 18-19), food, training materials and a book, 6 months of coaching circles in between the retreats, webinars and more! Partial Scholarships may be available to those in need. Email to inquire.)


For more information, contact Jason Zebert, Project Coordinator/Office Administrator for the Faith Community Formation Office at 769-243-7073 or

320 Briarwood Drive
Jackson, MS 39206
or use our contact form
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