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Fresh Expressions Days

June 4 @ 9:00 am - June 5 @ 4:00 pm

a church with the words getting unstuck on it

Join us to learn about “Getting Unstuck: Becoming A New Kind of Local Church For A New Kind of World”. While the realities of the pandemic remain, the God who “makes all things new” is up to something. Amid a Christian landscape of confusion, uncertainty, anxiety, and a lack of clarity on how to move forward in a pandemic world, new movements of the Spirit are springing forth.

Inherited congregations with long histories and ways of doing things are learning to experiment in new ways through a blended ecology approach and moving into an “unstuck” future. Such congregations are discovering that they can start fresh expressions of church that both reach new people and revitalize existing congregations for remissioning.

Matt Lake and J.R. Briggs have employed different approaches in their respective ministries, but both are discovering new life and new opportunities in the churches they have served through becoming a new kind of local church. They will explore the theological underpinnings, the practical tools needed, and the “how-to processes” to get your church unstuck and become a new kind of local church for a new day.

More about the speakers

J.R. Briggs is a Mission Strategist and Trainer with Fresh Expressions US. He is the founding director of Kairos Partnerships, a ministry seeking to love the Church by caring for Her leaders through coaching, consulting, speaking, equipping and writing. He is affiliate professor of practical theology at Missio Seminary, and serves as a guest instructor at Friends University. He serves as the Director of Leadership & Congregational Formation for The Ecclesia Network. J.R. is an author, co-author and contributor of thirteen books and dozens of articles, both in print and online. J.R. and his wife Megan have two sons, Carter and Bennett. They live in the heart of Lansdale, Pennsylvania.

Matt Lake serves as the Lead Pastor of First Church of Williamsport, PA—an urban congregation that consists of a mix of traditional and contemporary worship experiences. First Church also currently hosts a network of fresh expressions of ministry called the Acts Network in which people meet in places such as homes, gyms, nursing homes, parks, and even in the mountains! Matt is a graduate of Messiah College (B.A. in Biblical Studies) and has a Master in Divinity from Duke Divinity School. Matt also has his Doctorate of Ministry in Semiotics and Future Studies through Portland Seminary in which he focused on developing effective models of congregational discipleship for the new day in which we find ourselves. Matt has worked with a variety of churches in consultant and coaching roles and has a passion to see God’s Kingdom impacted through lives transformed in the love of Jesus Christ. Matt is deeply in love with his beautiful wife Jennifer and is doing his best to keep up with his three, amazing, grown-up kids–Alexandra, Joshua, and Zach.

June 4 – Lewisville Baptist Church (109 Pleasant St. Moncton, NB   E1A 2V3)
June 5 – Life Branch Church (10 Lancaster Dr., Dartmouth, NS   B2Y 3Y3)
Time: 9:30AM – 4:00PM

In-person from a CBAC Church: $40 for the first registration; $10 for each extra attendee you bring with you (if this cost is prohibitive please reach out to Greg Jones directly)
In-person not from a CBAC Church: $60 per registration

*Sponsored by Fresh Expressions and the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada

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June 4 @ 9:00 am
June 5 @ 4:00 pm
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