Thursday, February 14, 2013
the ending of innovation: last fresh expressions interview
Today marks the last interview of the UK alt.worship research phase. It will be interview number 20. The interviews can be grouped in three categories.
Innovation in groups (alt.worship groups ten years on). The selection is not random but simply based on groups that I interviewed back in 2001 as part of my PhD research. They thus provide a window into sustainability.
- Bigger Picture
- Foundations (Resonance)
- Moot (Epicentre)
- Club culture Project
- Visions (Transcendence)
Innovation in denominations as Fresh Expressions. During the ten years, a key change in the UK landscape has been the advent of Fresh Expressions. It has introduced new words, including pioneer, mixed economy, Bishops Mission Orders. These interviews analyse the environment in which the innovation occurred and explore the leadership practices and insights that lay behind the change.
- Dr Rowan Williams
- Bishop Steve Croft
- Bishop Stephen Cottrell (today, last one)
- Andrew Roberts
Innovation in training. Intrinsic to the formation of new communities is leadership. These interviews analyse the changes that have, and have not occurred, in recognised training systems, in light of the Fresh Expressions initiative.
- Trinity College
- Ridley Pioneer training
- CMS Pioneer Training
- St Mellitus
- John and Olive Drane
Together, these interviews provide a variety of perspectives on mission, leadership and change in the church in the United Kingdom. In cafes, Colleges and churches, bishops courts and Master lodges, I have been gifted some wonderful honesty and insight.
I’m still pondering a frame by which to analyse the data. My instinct is to turn to mission, and especially mission history. This could involve placing Fresh Expressions alongside other mission initiatives in history. Three possibilities spring to mind – the Celtic mission from Ireland to England; the modern mission movement through the voluntary organisations that began with William Carey and the birth of Methodist, which served as a renewal movement in denominational structures.