Frequently asked questions

Below is a list of common questions about fresh expressions of church. You can also find a wealth of information about fresh expressions of church in the Guide.

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Frequently asked questions:

This is a question in many people's mind and is sometimes referred to as the 'Homogenous Unit Principle', that is churches made up of all the same kind of people. Some people have argued... read more

No. At the other end of the spectrum from fresh expressions is 'inherited church'. Inherited churches are what exist already. Fresh expressions are new or different forms of church that... read more

The Mission-shaped Church report coined the term 'fresh expressions of church.' In pages 29 to 33 it explained the relationship between church planting and fresh expressions of church.... read more

Yes - lots, but you can see the pattern most clearly in the Acts of the Apostles. The church takes many different forms as it moves from culture to culture in the ancient world. In Acts 11, one kind... read more

In some places it is, but our research shows that only 40% of the population is willing to engage with the more traditional way of being church. So there is an urgent need to find new ways of... read more

It's important to explore a bit further and find out the reasons. Some ministers are put off by the term or what they see is the latest fad in the church. Has your minister really engaged with... read more

Christians in almost every tradition have given a special place in the life of the church to the two signs of God's grace (or sacraments) of baptism and Holy Communion. Both rest on the clear... read more

A Bishop's Mission Order is a legal device created as one part of the 'Dioceses Pastoral and Mission Measure' in the Church of England. It creates a means for a bishop to legally... read more

A fresh expression of church is a new gathering or network that engages mainly with people who have never been to church. There is no single model, but the emphasis is on starting something which is... read more

A pioneer minister (according to the Church of England) is someone who is recognised to go beyond the existing Christian communities and aims to create new communities: fresh expressions of church.... read more