While not a “United Methodist” seminary, per se, Asbury is deeply rooted in the Wesleyan tradition and is the seminary of choice for many United Methodists.
This is from a Press Release from Fresh Expressions:
Of the new partnership, Dr. Bevins said: “I am thankful for the Fresh Expression movement and its impact on England and North America. This movement truly exists to create churches “for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church.” Because of its emphasis on the unchurched, Fresh Expressions doesn’t “steal” members from other churches. Instead, it aims to reach the lost with the gospel of Christ, and has proven itself to be effective at doing just that. I am thrilled that Asbury Seminary is partnering with Fresh Expressions to help empower the wider church with innovative ways to engage our post-Christian culture with the timeless and life changing message of Christ.”
The new partnership will enable Dr. Bevins to serve on the US Fresh Expressions Team as a mission strategist and trainer. In addition, his tools on ‘remissioning’ will be used as part of the overall strategy to better prepare established congregations for fruitful ministry.
Dr. Thomas Tumblin, serves as Associate Provost for Global Initiatives and Academic Affairs. His role will help facilitate new academic research about discipleship, church participation and the impact of Fresh Expressions as it takes shape in the US.
“Few movements have been as impactful as Fresh Expressions for established denominations in the last ten years. Their models for engaging contexts missiologically allows pioneers to discern presenting needs and to follow The Spirit’s creativity in helping to meet those needs. Whether in surf clubs, laundromats or abandoned cathedrals, Fresh Expressions catalyzes new worshiping fellowships who make disciples of Jesus Christ. Asbury Seminary is excited to partner with Fresh Expressions in their critical role in Christ’s Church.”