Getting ready for Open Churches Week 2017
As part of the Church of England's Church Growth Research Programme, the Church Army's Research Unit has undertaken extensive research into fresh expressions of Church and their impact and growth.
The latest research showed some interesting and encouraging information. You can read the full research findings here but below are just some of the findings:
It is important to remember that this research is a first attempt at an explorer’s guide to previously unmapped territory and talk of sustainability needs to be taken seriously as the reality is that most Anglican fresh expressions of Church still operate within the parish of their sending church.
The sustainability of a fresh expression of Church is often intimately connected to the sustainability of its parent church - most are sustainable only as part of a wider whole. Sustaining fresh expressions of Church requires discovering sustainable rhythms and practices, adapting and evolving, involving others, receiving and giving, persevering and following (in discipleship).
What is a 'fresh expression' of Church?
A fresh expression of Church is any venture that works mainly with non-churchgoers and aims to become church.
A fresh expression will be:
Why the research?
Since 1997 Church Army have been researching and publishing stories about fresh expressions of Church. However in 2012 the focus shifted to providing statistics to be able to answer important questions such as: