Published: March 2010
Sue and I attended the Fourth Annual Vital Church Planting Conference sponsored by the Diocese of Toronto and Wycliffe College in early February to discuss and dream of new ways of being church in the twenty-first century be they Fresh Expressions or green field church plants (with or without a dedicated building). It was the largest conference to date and it was truly ecumenical with attendees from various Anglican Dioceses from across Canada, the United Church of Canada, the Salvation Army, Baptists, Presbyterians and Mennonites as well as students and faculty from Huron, Trinity and Wycliffe Colleges. After attending the plenary sessions and workshops we came away, not with all the answers, but with a lot of questions that need reflection. Perhaps you would like to join us on our journey and choose a question that might resonate with you, think about it and perhaps discuss it with others in your parish. Then, after some discernment, pray and ask for God's guidance how you might meet the challenge that the question poses.
Many of us have been writing in this newspaper about Fresh Expressions of church for some time now. If you aren't familiar with the Fresh Expressions movement and how it might transform your mission in your community and help you meet people outside the church in new and different ways, consider attending a Fresh Expressions Vision Day or Messy Church Fiesta being held this spring....
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