From the Steeple to the Street

Innovating Mission and Ministry Through
Fresh Expressions of the Church

A missionary movement begun in England has come to North America. Long established congregations are finding ways to engage people unlikely ever to walk through their doors, and fresh expressions of church are engaging people who are “without hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12, NIV). Missional leaders from a wide range of denominational traditions are learning from each other, and prayerfully cheering for each other, as we learn to take the church Jesus loves closer to where the people Jesus loves actually are.

In From the Steeple to the Street, Travis Collins addresses the cultural realities behind the Fresh Expressions movement, as well as the movement’s theological underpinnings. From practical experience, Collins offers insights to local church leaders on how this might unfold in and through your church.

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  • Fresh Expressions has great story to tell, and Travis Collins is its great story-teller. It is a significant source of insight and meaning for the future of the Christianity in North America. This book is well written, insightful, and inspirational.

    Alan Hirsch

    Award-winning author and founder of 100Movements and Forge Mission Training Network
  • Travis Collins has written a much-needed introduction to the growing Fresh Expressions movement in North America. I highly recommend this book for anyone wishing to reach their community for Christ!

    Winfield Bevins

    Director of Asbury Seminary's Church Planting Initiative 
  • Travis Collins's  From the Steeple to the Street maps out all that is involved in the re-imagining of church. It is an extraordinary field guide to the fresh expression of God's church today.


    David Fitch

    Author, Pastor, and Professor at Northern Seminary, Chicago, Illinois
  • In a North American landscape dotted with steeples, we inhabit churches that are increasingly disconnected from culture. Travis Collins skillfully guides us into a future more radical and hopeful than we might have imagined.

    Ken Carter

    Resident Bishop, Florida Area, United Methodist ChurchThe Orchard, Tupelo, MS
  • Blending excellent theology and missiology with an honest description of America in the twenty-first century, Travis brings to life some tantalizing possibilities for the church. I am grateful to have this resource to guide us.

    Bill Wilson 

    Director of the Center for Healthy Churches

Travis Collins

About the Author

After three decades as an international missionary and a large church pastor, Travis Collins is now the director of Mission Advancement for Fresh Expressions US. He holds a PhD in Christian Mission and is especially interested in indigenous churches—churches that fit and excel in their particular contexts.

Travis and his wife, Keri, have three grown children and a growing number of grandchildren.