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Fresh Expressions in a Digital Age

How the Church Can Prepare for a Post Pandemic World
  • By Michael Adam Beck, Rosario Picardo
How the Church Can Prepare for a Post Pandemic World
  • By Rosario Picardo, Michael Adam Beck
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Recognize the digital space as its own kind of third place, a new missional frontier.

Fresh Expressions is a canary in the coal mine, alerting congregations to reevaluate what the Church is, where and when it can happen, and who can lead it. Church as we know it is inaccessible to most people. A fundamental premise of the movement is that Church can become accessible again by emerging in every nook and cranny where life already happens. Fresh Expressions is based in simplification, returning to basic scriptural principles, and a recovery of a “priesthood of all believers”—in the three places where people live and relate to others.
First Place: The home or primary place of residence.
Second Place: The workplace or school place.
Third Place: The public places separate from the two usual social environments of home and workplace, which host regular, voluntary, informal, and neutral spaces of communion and play. Examples are environments such as cafes, pubs, theaters, parks, and so on.
During a pandemic, our two primary mission spaces were closed off; the second and third places were shut down. We couldn’t have Tattoo Parlor Church; the tattoo parlor was closed. We couldn’t gather in Moe’s Southwest Grill for Burritos and Bibles; they were doing take-out only. The dog park was empty; no Paws of Praise. This limited us to the only spaces we have left: the first place, or the home place. The digital place, or the “space of flows.” This forces us into recognizing the digital space as its own kind of third place, a new missional frontier.

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Recognize the digital space as its own kind of third place, a new missional frontier.

The idea of doing missional work in a “third place,” a public place separate from the usual social environments of home and workplace, is nothing new. Cafes, pubs, theaters, and parks have been used as third-place environments for some time now. But, as with most things, the pandemic changed everything. Workplaces and public arenas closed to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus, leaving us with only the first place—in the home—which, in turn, became a new kind of third place: the digital space. Fresh Expressions in a Digital Age explores the digital space as a new missional frontier and alerts congregations to reevaluate what the Church is, where and when it can happen, and who can lead it.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781791023843
    • Manufacturer: Abingdon Press
    • Author: Michael Adam Beck
    • Author: Rosario Picardo
    • ISBN 13: 9781791023843
    • Publication Date: 07/06/2021
    • Page Count: 195
    • Format: Paperback
    • Width: 6.00 inches
    • Height: 0.38 inches
    • Length: 9.00 inches
    • Weight: 0.61 pounds
    • SKU: 9781791018917
    • Manufacturer: Abingdon Press
    • Author: Rosario Picardo
    • Author: Michael Adam Beck
    • ISBN 13: 9781791018917
    • Publication Date: 01/19/2021
    • Page Count: 0
    • Format: Electronic Media
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