I love when I see my fellow United Methodists embrace the missional nature of the church. Here it is from the Fresh Expressions site:
“In a challenging day for denominational families, we should take notice of those communities who are pioneering a way forward to carry the gospel of Jesus Christ. Bishop Ken Carter and the Florida Conference are a great testimony to the kind of imagination and innovation needed for thriving ministry in today’s context. We are blessed to partner and to learn together as we steward a new mission movement.”
The partnership is providing learning experiences, training and resources for churches and leaders in the Florida Conference and included a pilgrimage to England to learn from the UK Fresh Expressions movement. On Saturday November 21, the Florida partnership will lead and facilitate four Fresh Expressions Vision Days in Gainesville, Orlando, Cape Coral, and Ft. Lauderdale Florida. A Pioneer Learning Community is set to begin in January. Through the partnership, the Conference is one of the sponsors of the Fresh Expressions National Gathering April 8-9, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia. The Rev. Jorge Acevedo, pastor of Grace Church, a multi-site United Methodist Congregation based in Cape Coral, Florida will lead the final plenary at the National Gathering.