Updating Basket....

Sign In
0 Items


There are currently no items added to the basket
Sign In
0 Items


There are currently no items added to the basket

First Expressions

Innovation and the Mission of God

First Expressions

Innovation and the Mission of God

This item is in stock and will be dispatched within 48 hours.

More than 50 units in stock.

This eBook is available for download by customers in the UK and selected other countries.

Check if this eBook is available in your region

Paperback / softback


Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334058472
Number of Pages: 256
Published: 31/12/2019
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm

Seeking insight from the real-life development of the earliest expressions of emerging church from their birth, through times of adolescent angst and into the reality of adulthood, First Expressions offers a unique insight into the long-term sustainability of fresh expressions.

Presenting the lived practice of the church in mission through a longitudinal lens, and eschewing the rose-tinted approach, it considers the reality of emerging churches - their birth and death, their creativity and conflict, their dreams and despair.

A picture of a church that is neither gathered and parish nor independent and networked emerges as the biographies of mission are brought into dialogue with a very ancient expression of mission, the birth of Philippians as a first expression of church in Europe.

Acknowledgements ix

Part 1 Introducing first expressions 

1. Definitions and a roadmap 3 

2. Birthing first expressions: Empirical and ecclesiological 20 

3. Body-ing forth in innovation 33

Part 2 First expressions 11 years on 

4. Tried 51 

5. Tried and died 73

Part 3 Fresh Expressions 

6. An apostle of Fresh Expressions 97 

7. Birthing Fresh Expressions as an organizational innovation 109 

8. Moves in mission 132

Part 4 Becoming in ecclesial innovation 

9. One in authenticity 149 

10. Becoming apostolic in ambient witness 166 

11. Becoming holy in making 188 

12. Becoming catholic in sacrament and structure 207 

13. Coda: A Theologic of first expressions 225

Bibliography 233 

Index of Names and Subjects 245

Index of Bible references 

Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor is Principal of the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership and author of 'Built for Change: a practical theology of innovation and collaboration in leadership' (2016) and 'The Out of Bounds Church? Learning to Create a Community of Faith in a Culture of Change' ( 2005).

"First Expressions provides a rich practical theology of how God could be bringing a new ecclesiology for a secular age to birth through the witness of the communities who pioneered new ecclesial communities. Taylor has done a great service to future mission by paying close attention to what has been embodied in the past at the fringes and how this needs to transform the centre of thinking and practice in the future." -- Nick Shepherd, Programme Director for Setting God’s People Free

"This book honours ecclesial innovation in a unique way. It offers a theological framing and affirmation of the impulse towards innovation while grounding it in the specific decisions and actions of particular first expressions. It contains rich data, thoughtful and creative reflection, confrontingly close readings of scripture, and the frank vulnerability of an author with plenty of skin in the game. As we move from a 'knowledge economy' to a 'wisdom economy', books like this are crucial. Refreshed imaginatively and ecclesiologically by reading it, I'll be using this book when I teach." -- Andrew Dutney, Professor of Theology, Flinders University, Australia

Friends Scheme

Our online book club offers discounts on hundreds of titles...