By Caleb Hennington

Digital Content Editor

Pastors and church leaders from across Arkansas gathered together on March 2 at Trinity UMC in Little Rock to hear about Fresh Expressions, a way of cultivating new forms of church alongside existing congregations.

The Rev. Michael Beck, pastor of Wildwood UMC in Wildwood, Florida, and Travis Collins, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, presented an all-day seminar called Vision Day.

Attendees learned that church doesn’t have to exist only inside the walls of a church building and were given examples of new forms of church, like restaurant church, addiction recovery church, and tattoo shop church.

According to its website, Fresh Expressions is about “empowering and equipping God’s people to develop creative expressions of church that can reach the increasing diversity of our society.”

Check out pictures of the day, and visit to learn more.

Rev. Michael Beck, pastor of Wildwood UMC in Wildwood, Florida, speaks to the gathered group at Vision Day to speak about Fresh Expressions of the church. Photo by Caleb Hennington

A group of clergy and laity gathered at Trinity United Methodist Church on March 2 to hear ways in which they could implement Fresh Expressions in their own communities. Photo by Caleb Hennington

Bishop Gary Mueller opens Vision Day with a word of prayer. Photo by Caleb Hennington

Travis Collins, a Baptist pastor, speaks to the group on how his church has partnered with UM churches for Fresh Expressions communities. Photo by Caleb Hennington

Rev. Andrea’ Cummings sings during morning worship, led by Rev. Bud Reeves. Photo by Caleb Hennington

Rev. Keith Coker purchases a book on Fresh Expressions from Rev. Dede Roberts on Vision Day. Photo by Caleb Hennington