“Our journey into the future will continue through more congregations becoming willing to transform in response to new opportunities. It also will occur through starting new expressions of the church to model what we are talking about.” – Steve Veazey, “A Time to Act!”
For over two years now, the Greater Pacific Northwest USA Leadership Team has talked about New Expressions of Community. At the end of 2019, a New Expressions Team for the Mission Center was formed to focus on this important work in the life of the church but also to make determinations about funding requests for New Expressions. This Team has met almost monthly since then to explore themes related to what is being birthed in Christian community but what we also need to let die to make way for something new to flourish.
We are now at a point in our work where we want to invite anyone who has interest in New Expressions to join the conversation. Starting in January 2022, we will have New Expression Mondays once a month on the first Monday of every month from 6:30-8 PM (PST). These sessions will be Open Forum with opportunities for conversation about what is transforming within the church and where God is inviting us to experiment and create sacred communities while also being a place to explore ideas that you might have for starting a New Expression of Community. Join when your schedule allows and interest is piqued.
To learn more about New Expressions of Community, click here: http://chinook.cofchrist-gpnw.org/2020/08/21/your-invitation-awaits-lets-risk-something-new/
- In this article, you will also learn what it means for a congregation to begin a “Fresh Expression of Ministry”. Though our teams work is focused on New Expressions of Community, there will be some overlap on Fresh Expressions and occasionally we may have a Fresh Expressions focus for the Open Forum during our New Expressions Monday.
To learn more about funding opportunities for New Expressions, click here: http://chinook.cofchrist-gpnw.org/2020/08/21/new-expressions-fund-launches/.
New Expressions Mondays Open Forum
First Monday of the Month
6:30-8:00 PM (PST)
Who? YOU! Anyone interested in exploring New Expressions
Facilitators: New Expressions Team
Zoom Connection Information:
To join, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83965683186?pwd=VGliRGlOS1FUMk9YU2ovVTBGcm1Gdz09
Alternatively, join by phone: 1-253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 839 6568 3186
Mark your calendars for the first Mondays of the month! All are welcome to join us for these conversations! The first one will be Monday, January 3, 2022. We hope to see you then on Zoom!
If you have any questions, please contact Sean Langdon, Team Lead (firstname.lastname@example.org | 425-293-6366).
GPNW USA MC New Expressions Team
Sean Langdon, MC Invitation Support Minister (Team Lead)
Kim Naten, MC President
Donald Welch, MC Financial Officer
Richard Betts, Western USA Mission Field
Jammie Apodaca, Seventy
Tom Webber, MC Council
Gary Farnworth, At Large
Sara Churchman, At Large
Christine Campbell, At Large