Fresh Expressions of Church

Fresh Expressions is an organisation that encourages new forms of Church for a fast changing world, working with Christians from a variety of denominations and traditions. The initiative has resulted in hundreds of new congregations being formed alongside more traditional churches. The national Fresh Expressions website contains lots of stories and information about these exciting new congregations. Visit

Here in the Diocese of Rochester we want to encourage every church to be open to the idea of a “Mixed Economy” where Fresh Expressions of Church and “inherited” ways of being Church are valued. The team  of Mission & Community Engagement is supporting Fresh Expressions through:

mission shaped ministry 

The mission shaped ministry training course is a one-year ecumenical learning journey in a supportive community to help participants understand what is involved in growing and leading a new church. It starts in September each year with a Saturday when we cover 3 modules.  It then includes 8 evenings, a weekend residential and another Saturday.  The cost is £250 per person, which covers all materials, refreshments and the weekend away in April.  For more information contact Caroline Clarke email

Mission Shaped Intro - A short course over five or six evenings to give participants a flavour of Fresh Expressions and to become familiar with the content of the Mission Shaped Church report. For further details please contactCaroline Clarke email

Support Networks
A fresh expression will be aiming to reach people who would not normally come to our established forms of worship. As people in the Diocese begin to reach out they find all sorts of challenges, so we have formed a number of support networks:

Messy Church - All-age, creative, hospitable, and Christ-centred. Over 600 have started in the UK. For more information visit We have a Messy Church Support Network in the Diocese of Rochester. These “Messy Meet-ups” enable us to bring our stories and share our expertise. It is particularly helpful for those who are just starting out to hear from those who have been going for a little while. The “Messy Meet-ups” are open to all Messy Church leaders and helpers. For further details please contact Regional Co-ordinator Caroline Clarke

WLTDO? – Who Let The Dads Out?

Who Let The Dads Out? is a growing movement that resources churches to reach out to dads, father figures and their children. They believe that to 'turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers' (Malachi 4:6, NIV) is a powerful way 'to make ready a people prepared for the Lord' (Luke 1:17). We help churches do this by inspiring, resourcing and supporting them to begin running activity sessions for fathers and children to attend together, and is founded on the Christian principle of wanting to demonstrate God's love to communities.

Churches are discovering different ways of supporting the dads and father figures in their Who Let The Dads Out? groups: for example, by running a Daddy Cool! parenting programme, starting a Soul Man? discussion group, holding some SODA (School's Out, Dad's About) sessions or arranging a Men and Boys Sunday Breakfast. For more information visit:

For further details please contact Caroline Clarke, by phone 07703 103366 or email

Emerging Church & Pioneer Ministry
As other Fresh Expressions begin to emerge in the Diocese we want to support their growth to maturity.  If you want to be included on the emerging church mailing list please contact Caroline Clarke, by phone 07703 103366 or email For more information about Pioneer Ministry have a look at this short video from Fresh Expressions

Small Group/Cell Church Training
Most growing churches have outward-looking small groups at the heart of their organisation. In the mission shaped church report published in 2004 cell groups were featured as a new way of reaching the unreached people of England ( Cell UK ( and ACPI ( have been providing training for about 15 years now and provide a variety of resources to help churches that want to be more “mission shaped” through mission-minded small groups. For a fuller explanation of cell church visit

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