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Summer Book Club

Discussions and author interviews to deepen your passion for Fresh Expressions of Church

Time to step back and dream about new ways to join God’s mission.

Summer is a great time to step back, think deeply about your ministry and dream about new ways to join God’s mission. The Summer Book club gives you three chances to think through new opportunities, along with fellow church leaders and the book authors themselves.

So before you head to the beach, grab a book and register to join us for an in-depth discussion on the core practices for Fresh Expressions of Church.

Register for one book club meeting or all three. You will also receive a coupon for a discounted copy of the book.

What to Expxect

How the Book Club Helps

Deeper Look

By taking time to read and discuss key ideas, you’ll get a deeper sense of what God does through Fresh Expressions.

Peer Conversation

Get out of your head and learn alongside other pastors and church leaders.

Author Discussions

Hear about the ideas and practices of each book directly from the authors themselves.


How to Pioneer: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting New Kinds of Faith Communities

June 26, 4pm ET

New Christian communities are popping up everywhere – in community centers, schools, cafes, among different age groups and in numerous other contexts beyond the local church.

Join author Dave Male of Fresh Expressions UK to learn from decades of working alongside normal, everyday leaders to pioneer powerful new works.


Becoming Church: A Trail Guide for Starting Fresh Expressions
Luke Edwards

July 24, 12pm ET

The religious landscape of North America has changed, leaving churches on the outskirts of culture.

In Becoming Church, author Luke Edwards will help you discover a simple path churches use to reach new people in new places and, eventually, become a new kind of Church.


Dynamite Prayer: A 28 Day Experiment

August 28, 12pm ET

Break through the walls of your prayer life and discover miraculous new possibilities.

Discover a powerful approach to prayer where we ask God to open new doors and reveal new possibilities. Authors Sue Nilson Kibbey and Ros Picardo share stories of what they’ve seen God do when people move from feeling stuck and uninspired to curious and expectant.

Your Guide

Heather Jallad

Heather is Associate Director of Training for Fresh Expressions NA.

She also serves as Community Engagement Pastor at Cannon UMC in Snellville, Georgia, and as FX Specialist for the North Georgia Annual Conference, leading a team of FX Cultivators.

Heather pioneered the Common Ground Network, a network of fresh expressions in Johns Creek and The Douglasville Dinner Church in Douglasville, GA and a collaborative Dinner Church in Grayson, GA. She holds a BA in Mass Communications from University of South Florida, an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a DMin in Church Renewal and Pioneer Ministry from United Theological Seminary.

Heather and her husband Marten have been married for 30 years and have two daughters.

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Fresh Expressions provides access to outstanding resources, training and tools to our 900+ local churches in their quest to make disciples.

James Swanson
Retired Bishop, Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church