The Salvation Army's 'Amazing
spiritual ride' re Fresh Expressions
Andrew Vertigan shares his thoughts on the first year since The Salvation Army joined the Fresh Expressions partnership.
In post for almost nine months as The Salvation Army Fresh Expressions Mission Enabler - and with the denomination as a partner of Fresh Expressions heading into its second year - I can honestly say it has been the most amazing spiritual ride.
Little did I realise the challenge and blessing in seeking to communicate, convince and connect the United Kingdom Salvation Army with all that Fresh Expressions seeks to do. It has been both exhilarating and demanding.
To be honest, I think the biggest personal blessing has been the joining together with kindred men and women from across different Christian traditions; all of whom share the same heart and passion to reach the unchurched with the good news of the gospel in culturally relevant ways. I've found it surprising to discover how much we have in common! Through it all there has been - and continues to be - a true sense of God's grace and unity of the Spirit.
As a movement, The Salvation Army has sought to actively put things in place, not only to embrace Fresh Expressions but also to let it speak prophetically into the wider church movement. I guess to use the language employed by many involved in developing and encouraging fresh expressions of church, we have been discovering what the 'mixed economy' means in our setting. This has been so helpful in our understanding of how we create the right space, environment for that as well as provide the necessary components to identify, train and equip pioneer officers.
Read the whole reflection on the Fresh Expressions website
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