I have been privileged to be asked to join the network of Associate Missioners for the national Fresh Expressions initiative, which helps resource the growing number of exciting new kinds of Christian outreach.
This all comes about because of the developments at tubestation, our project on the north Cornwall surfing coast.
The Fresh Expressions initiative was set up by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Methodist Council to work in partnership with the national and regional mission staff of the Church of England and the Methodist Church and a range of partner agencies.
The working definition of a Fresh Expression is this:
A fresh expression is a form of church for our changing culture established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church. It will come into being through principles of listening, service, incarnational mission and making disciples. It will have the potential to become a mature expression of church shaped by the gospel and the enduring marks of the church and for its cultural context.
Associate Missioners are people who work in some way in these fresh ways and can help others discover how to light fires in their local area.