Pioneering fresh expressions of Church is dependent of the help of Supporters who are willing to lend a hand. Supporters are often excited about a fresh expression but are not the natural leader who can best connect with the people involved.
According to Fresh Expressions trainer and pioneer Heather Jallad, “Supporters are those who come alongside the formation of this new faith community, and will pray for, resource, and encourage the movement toward FX and beyond.”
A Supporter’s favorite question is: “What can I do to help you?” They always find ways they can help behind the scenes. They help their friends at the church understand the purpose of a fresh expression. They bake cookies, run errands, encourage the Pioneer, share events on social media, pray consistently for deep community to take root. In other words, they go the extra mile to help the Pioneer so that they can focus on being present with people.
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