Introducing New People New Places: A Wesleyan Lens of Fresh Expressions
By Bryan Tener
Fresh Expressions of church have been the fastest growing and most popular type of new church start in The United Methodist Church in recent years. Some annual conferences have trained as many as 900 lay people in this NEW mode of doing church.
The Fresh Expressions movement began in the United Kingdom and then spread to the United States, and now we have an embedded theology of this in The United Methodist Church called, “New People New Places.” New People New Places will allow us to contextualize the foundational principles of Fresh Expressions in the United Methodist polity and practice throughout the United States.
This yearlong experience will include live webinar training, independent team learning, and an ongoing cohort to help you set goals and encourage you in this process.
What does “New People New Places” mean?
It means that we are equipping United Methodists to go out into physical and digital spaces and to meet new people in new places to share the good news of Jesus Christ with them through ongoing relationships.
What is this?
It’s a yearlong experience that includes live webinar training, independent team learning of 17 modules at your own pace, and an ongoing cohort/incubator group to help you set goals and encourage you in this process.
Who is it for?
Ideally, teams of at least two laity (possibly with a clergy partner) who want to start a Fresh Expression that emphasizes discipleship and multiplication into a network.
Who is leading it?
Michael Moynagh, Michael Beck, with moderation by Baranda Fermin.
What does it cost?
If your annual conference is an official partner with New People New Places, then there is no cost to you. Otherwise the cost is $300 per team for the year.
Is this only for United Methodists?
No! While we are approaching this from a Wesleyan lens, it is open to anyone who wants to learn innovative ways to share the gospel and reach new people in new places!
Questions? Contact Bryan Tener at [email protected].