Fresh Expressions

Richmond, VA.


This organization helps local faith leaders create new kinds of church and meet modern people where they are.


coaching, local church workshops, learning communities, Dinner Church immersion, national gatherings

Recommended Audience

local faith leaders and denominational leaders


Varies per service

Practical Applications

  • Start brainstorming new ways to do local church by attending a Vision Day, an introductory session for those wanting to build community relationships or get practical advice.
  • Do church in a fresh way within or outside of your congregation by signing up for Fresh Expressions coaching, which includes day-to-day leadership guidance.

About the Contributor

Kara Faris

Kara Faris is the Center’s director of resource grants and resource consulting, as well as a resource consultant to congregations. She previously served for eight years as the Center’s education director.

Before working at the Center, Kara served First Friends Meeting of Indianapolis as associate pastor. With a degree in marketing from Butler University’s College of Business Administration and a master of divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary, Kara brings a blend of pragmatism, intuition and passion for lifelong learning to the Center. Kara has authored Including Laity in Education Events Empowers Congregations and co-authored the book Divergent Church.

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