North West Durham Methodist Circuit

Deepening Discipleship Making More Disciples

 Changing Church for a Changing World

Fresh Expressions encourages new forms of church for a fast changing world, working with Christians from a variety of denominations and traditions. The initiative has resulted in hundreds of new congregations being formed alongside more traditional churches.


What is a Fresh Expression?
A fresh expression of church is a new gathering or network that engages mainly with people who have never been to church. There is no single model, but the emphasis is on starting something which is appropriate to its context, rather than cloning something that works elsewhere.

Over 3,000 of these new forms of church now exist in almost every denomination and tradition in the UK.

Fresh expressions of church:

  • serve those outside church;
  • listen to people and enter their context;
  • make discipleship a priority: journeying with people to Jesus;
  • form church.

Mission Shaped Intro

The next Mission Shaped Intro (msi) course will be taking place Tuesday 18th September for five consecutive weeks. Although it's hosted by the South West Tyneside Circuit, the course is open to anyone. Many of those who've done msi have found it very helpful. I’ve seen many people have their eyes opened to new possibilities in their local churches and communities. MSI is ideal for anyone who is interested in thinking about mission in an apt and relevant way today.

For more information click here or contact the circuit Office.