Mobilising the church for mission by forming fresh expressions

Fresh Expressions – Southern Africa

Purposeful accompaniment of missional communities

Southern Africans believe that their countries are beautiful and diverse, and which are seeking to improve the lives of all their people. We also have serious challenges such as poverty, inequality, crime, corruption, violence, racism, and many more.

Church leaders agree that the church in Southern Africa can play an important role in addressing these pressing issues.

For the church to play this significant role, we need to allow God to bring about continual reformation and transformation within the church.

The heart of this reformation is a drive to move away from a maintenance orientation so as to become more intentionally missional. A missional orientation includes the mobilization of the church’s members to be active in their communities.

The encouraging truth is that most denominations in Southern Africa have made significant decisions over the last number of years concerning becoming more missional.

The challenge is that most denominations do not have the capacity to accompany church leaders on ground level to implement these processes of transformation.

Prof. Michael Herbst wrote: ”The church will be missional or it will not exist.”

Fresh Expressions SA desires to accompany churches and denominations as they rediscover and seek to join God’s mission in the world and in so doing, become co-workers with God in the transformation of their communities.

We seek to do this by partnering, serving, facilitating, coaching, listening, teaching, empowering and enabling disciple-making in all participating churches and denominations in Southern Africa.

To see the Fresh Expressions Southern Africa Brochure: Fresh Expressions General Flyer November 2017

These are the specific services that FESA offers

 1. Training

The Mission Shaped Ministry Course

The MSM course seeks to equip leaders to lead their communities to become more missional in order to pioneer fresh expressions of church.

The course consists of 24 modules and is presented ecumenically in centers around SA.   

For more info see msm flyer: FESA National Flyer. March


Mission Shaped Introduction Course 

The MSi course seeks to equips local church leaders and members to think and act missionally in their local context.


 A variety of short courses related to the above are also available: Discipleship, Evangelism, Missional small groups, Fundraising,  Starting new faith Communities, etc.

2.  Coaching

FESA has deployed trained coaches in most regions in South Africa.  To be a missional leader in our changing context is a challenging task.  Most church leaders can benefit from having a coach to assist them in this transformational process.

3.  Envisioning

FESA team leaders are available to envision and motivate church leaders on a variety of themes:

What is a missional church? Disciple-making, Evangelism, Starting new faith communities.


 4.  Research

Courses are available to assist local churches, regional bodies and even denominational structures who want to do research in order to serve and engage with their communities more effectively.

Who will benefit?

Church leaders at all levels: permission givers, local pastors, youth workers, women in ministry, children’s ministry leaders and lay leaders.

Partnering churches and ministries

Churches in SA

The Dutch Reformed Church, The Anglican Church, The Methodist Church, The Uniting Presbyterian Church, The Baptist Union, The United Reformed Church, The United Congregational Church, The Hervormde Church and The Vineyard Church.  Ministries: Ekklesia, Fresh Bread, Communitas, OC Africa, Growing the Church.


Supporting remarks

Fresh Expressions provides a sound theological framework to imagine a new future for the Church. The tried-and-tested practices have proven to be a gift from the Spirit to plant and grow new churches.

Nelus Niemand, Professor and Former Moderator of the General Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church

I recommend the mission shaped ministry course to all who want to respond to the calling of the church to carry the good news of Jesus Christ across all the divisions and diversity of our con-temporary society and to be good news to all.

– Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa

Following John Wesley’s advice to the Methodist preachers, ‘to go to those who need you most,’ I fully endorse the continuous reflection on pragmatic approach to mission, that allows timeous response to changing circumstances. Fresh Expressions … is most welcome and I encourage church leaders to set time aside to attend.

– Zipho Siwa, Presiding Bishop Methodist Church of SA and President of the South African Council of Churches.

“Train the Trainers” Courses are happening for Mission Shaped Ministry:

Each year, we invite a small number of participants in the Mission Shaped Ministry Course to attend a “Train the Trainers” course which will enable them to teach the modules of the course on behalf of Fresh Expressions (South Africa) and be equipped to offer the MSI in their local Churches.

This course is best suited to Pastors or Church leaders who a grasp of theological thinking and ministry experience, and especially those who are involved in Missional church planting. Good communication skills is a strong recommendation.

These are OPEN TO ALL regions but located across the South Africa. 

One took place in Kloof in KZN in early October and another will take place in the Beaufort West Area later this month over a few days.

The Johannesburg one took place from 11 to 12 October 2017 at the Baptist Conference Centre where we did specific training in FACILITATION.

We had 5 denominations present with leaders from Sasolburg, Witbank, Rustenburg, Centurion, Pretoria, East Rand and Johannesburg. We certainly are strengthening our teams across the region.