Stories

Real life, real people, real stories.

There are no experts when it comes to starting and sustaining fresh expressions of church - no one has really been doing it long enough to claim to know it all. But we can learn from one another and so as you explore these stories, look for principles and values rather than simply models to take off the shelf and follow.

Below, you'll find our latest stories and updates, or you can view an alphabetical list of all of our stories.

If you are involved in a fresh expression of church we haven't featured, let us know! Send us your story and we'll be in touch for more information.

Don't forget the power of a good story - Jesus didn't.

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It was the vision of a youth-worker-turned-bishop that saw the appointment of Derek Spencer to Deanery Youth Missioner in the largely rural Horsham area of Sussex.

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01/06/2009

In 2003, Penny Joyce moved to a growing new housing estate in Witney, Oxfordshire, to start a community project funded by the Diocese of Oxford.

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01/06/2009

In 1996 Pete and Kath Atkins planted a new church called Threshold, with a vision to strengthen church in the villages of their home county, Lincolnshire.

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01/06/2009

When Victor Howlett began his curacy in 1997 in a market town in Wiltshire, he found that families were not coming to church.

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01/06/2009

When Edward and Marilyn Kerr, with the support of Plumbline Ministries, planted Fenland Community Church in their Cambridgeshire town, they had no idea who they would meet.

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01/06/2009

This story illustrates the principles of God works through communities in the Guide.

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01/06/2009

This story illustrates the principles of God believes in creative experimentation in the Guide.

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01/06/2009

The splitting of a house group that had grown in size was the opportunity for new life to develop in a Church of England parish in Shropshire.

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01/06/2009

A year into Mandy Wright's job as Deanery Evangelist with a group of 21 rural Anglican churches in Devon, it occurred to her that if anyone wanted to attend church as a result of her evangelism, a Sunday service would likely put them off.

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01/06/2009

Tim Lea tells the story of the Bridge, a fresh expression of church in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

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01/06/2009