Fresh Expression UM Imagine Lab
Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Wesley UMC
79 Clinton St
Concord, NH

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Rick McKinley, Director of Congregational Development

Across the United States, amid a Christian landscape that looks and feels like a desert of decline, God is up to something. Inherited congregations, with long histories, deeply rooted in their traditions, are experimenting with cultivating “fresh expressions” of church.

A fresh expression is a form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of those who are not yet part of any church. When these congregations commit to reaching new people, in new places, and in new ways, revitalization and communal transformation are taking place.

This workshop helps people envision a distinctly Wesleyan Spirit-led movement of new Christian communities that serve the present age. Through exploring Biblical frameworks, early Methodism, as well as current stories, and methodologies of the Fresh Expressions movement, teams will be prepared to cultivate inclusive, accessible, transformative, and connectional forms of church.

Join Rev. Dr. Michael Beck and Rev. Heather Jallad at this hybrid training to imagine new possibilities with fresh expressions here in New England.

Register using the button above - both for in-person and online attendance. Registration closes March 20. 

Lunch will be provided onsite and childcare will be available. Those who attend in person will receive a free copy of Dr. Beck's book  “A Field Guide to Methodist Fresh Expressions.”

All participants will be eligible for $500 micro-grants (limit of one per church) for funding new Fresh Expressions.