NCC Resources

This collection of ‘tried and tested’ resources, come in a variety of forms produced by people we trust. We want to stress that context is vital – so please don’t use any of the following as a model or method without thinking about its impact on the ground. A resource built and practiced in San Francisco may work very differently in Hunters Bar. Everything below is free to download and use. Please credit those who’ve created these resources.

Three Minute Guides

In 2015 the team created seven short 3 minute guides which you can download for free.

The topics include:

Essential FX

The Experience of Pioneers

A wonderful paper produced by Beth Keith and the Church Army

The Experience of Pioneers


Church Planting

The Church of England in London have produced some helpful documents to consider. Click here.


Methodist Fresh Expressions

This download is a summary of the Methodist Church vision for Fresh Expressions.


Also here is a wonderful article written by Graham Horsley in the Autumn for 2017 reviewing Methodist Fresh Expressions in the UK

Connexion mag 17final


Anvil Journals

Church Mission Society produce a regular online missions journal called Anvil.

Previous issues include:

Pioneering on New Estates


Missional Entrepreneurship


Research Papers

The following research papers have been made available with kind permission from their authors.

Andrew Roberts – Discipleship in Fresh Expressionhttps

Beth Keith – New Housing Research 2010

Andy Dodwell – The Place of Sacraments in Fresh Expressions


Steve Corbett – Fresh Expressions Church Re-Imagined 2008

Olive Drane Sanctus 1 2003


Fresh expressions in the Church of England research

The Church Army’s Research Unit has conducted two major pieces of research into fresh expressions of church in ten Dioceses of the Church of England, as part of the Church Growth Research Programme. You can find its most up to date research and download it at their website. Its called The Day of Small Things and was compiled by George Lings.


Denominational statistics

Most denominations have only limited statistics on fresh expressions of church, as part of their overall statistics.

Church of England statistics department (including fresh expressions 2010 PowerPoint)

Methodist statistics for mission (including limited information about fresh expressions of church)

URC statistics

The Salvation Army statistics

Office for National Statistics: 2011 Census, Religious Data



The Sheffield Centre maintains SCOLER (Sheffield Centre Online Library of Evangelism Research) which makes available free research papers on evangelism and fresh expressions of church.

You can also search for ‘Fresh Expressions of Church’ on Google Scholar.

ANVIL is the journal of mission and pioneer ministry created by the Church Mission Society.

We would also recommend:


Fresh Expressions