There are lots of resources available to help you start and grow fresh expressions, some of them are (or linked to) below:

General fresh expressions resources

Fresh Expressions have produced a series of short 3 minute guides to help you get started. Click on the links below to download:

  1. What are Fresh Expressions of Church?
  2. 5 Reasons to start a Fresh Expression of Church
  3. How to start a Fresh Expression of Church
  4. How to start making disciples
  5. How to grow and make disciples
  6. Reproducing your Fresh Expression of Church
  7. How to measure fruitfulness

Young Adult Resources

In a gathering of many leaders who have some young adults in their congregation in January 2018 we shared two particular reports that are well worth reading.

The first is a report by Beth Keith:

authentic faith: fresh expressions of church amongst young adults

The second is a report by Church Army for the Archbishop’s Council on reaching and retaining young adults. Their report and links are on their Church army young adults report.

Messy Church

Messy Church is well established in Southwark Diocese. If you are interested in starting one we can offer some or all of the following:

A package tailored to the needs of the particular church, but which normally involves
• A team meeting with the Messy Church adviser
• A pack of useful resources (Starting your Messy Church, Messy Church, a one-year subscription to the Get Messy! magazine, Messy Church Does Science)
• A follow-up session with the Messy Church adviser, usually 6-12 months after starting the Messy Church, to review progress and start discipleship thinking
• Phone/email consultation availability to the church

If you have an existing Messy Church then we look to provide ongoing support and training.

In certain cases it may well be possible to apply for a grant (see details on the Southwark Diocese website).

If you would like advice then please do speak to Aike Kennett-Brown on the Children and Youth team based at Trinity House.

Of course, Messy Church has its own webpage

Missional Communities

There are two key ways of seeing Missional Communities. Either as emerging from the church in a structured way or as a journey in small groups to see what might happen.

3DM have a structured approach to Missional Communities and have had a significant impact on many churches. We held a day to look at their approach in 2017.

Video of our day’s introduction to Missional Communities led by Revd John McGinley, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Leicester: Missional Communities sessions 

For resources you can buy them from the 3dm store

For more information go to the missional community website