Are you on a mission from God, or does it come from somewhere else? How do you even tell? In this session, J.R. Briggs and Mia Chang discuss their experience and advice for listening to God’s call in their lives and their congregations.

Fresh Expressions is a worldwide movement of everyday missionaries who want to see churches thrive in the places we live, eat, work and play by leveraging the creativity and endurance of the inherited church. To learn a simple five-phase process for starting a new expression of church go to freshexpressions.com/howtostart.


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J.R. Briggs is a Mission Strategist and Trainer with Fresh Expressions. He is the founding director of Kairos Partnerships, a ministry seeking to love the Church by caring for Her leaders through coaching, consulting, speaking, equipping and writing. He is affiliate professor of practical theology at Missio Seminary, and serves as a guest instructor at Friends University. He serves as the Director of Leadership & Congregational Formation for The Ecclesia Network. J.R. is an author, co-author and contributor of thirteen books and dozens of articles, both in print and online. J.R. and his wife Megan have two sons, Carter and Bennett. They live in the heart of Lansdale, Pennsylvania.

Rev. Dr. Mia Chang is Founding and Lead Pastor of NextGen Church in West Windsor, NJ. She holds a D.min from Palmer Theological Seminary is a board member of American Baptist Home Mission Societies, Ecclesia Network, Spring In the Desert Ministry. She also founded Africa River of Life, an NGO that supports education in underserved areas of Africa.

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