of the emerging church,
by people on the journey.
indicates a 'virtual
THE STORIES BY CHURCH/GROUP/COMMUNITY
JONNY BAKER[London UK]
" OK I figured it's about time to give anyone interested
an update of where i have got to with developing pioneer ministry
training. a bit of back story may be in order..."
1st APRIL 10
be this Good, You have to be Bad.
MAY DITTUP Sup? Harrogate
Are you needing some extra 'edge' to your mission activity? We
met with the people behind 'Sup? - a cafť church project in Harrogate
UK who will stop at nothing to share their faith..."
& John Sweetman
& John Sweetman [Worcester UK]
from Worcester - nearing retirement so hoping to do more work
with our contacts in Kenya who are very ready to walk in whatever
they believe God is saying"
/ March 10:
out what church can be like...
In the summer of 2009 Phil Durrant spent a month with Church from
Scratch in Southend and recorded a thought provoking video diary
of his impressions. It's a diary that captures the day to day
life of this distinctive church and their mission. Phil is a trainee
minister at Oxford University and Church from Scratch is a 7 year
old Baptist church, planted by Peter Dominey. The church is now
a network of 10 community groups across the area and is organised
around mission and community rather than having a Sunday service."
in December we talked to John Sylvest about his new discussion
vehicle Cathlimergent Conversations - Catholics in the Emerging
Church Conversation. At the time Cathlimergent was only 9 days
old and this is his response to our question, So what's it all
/ December 09 :
flurry of questions fired at...
Where are you at? Behind a desk, in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Beside me builders saw, bang, crash - as the church builds a cafe
and more community space. When I am not here (church pastor) I
am at Laidlaw College, lecturing in areas of mission and leadership.
It's a fascinating mix: being with people in journey of mission,
yet reflecting in terms of the wider tradition."
into Small Missional Community
of the small missional communities that I work with seem to be
have flickered into life in the dreams of one or two visionary
people. But thereís very good reason to seek company, even at
this early stage. The project will almost certainly have greater
vitality and resourcefulness if the vision is shared and shaped
by a few others - perhaps even just 2 or 3 people who will be
part of the project with you and who will love it and commit to
it, rather than just you being the one person blazing a lone trail.
flurry of questions fired at...
are you at? - Iím on some kind of threshold.
Liminal space. And Iím trying to work out whether this is the
passage to some place new, or whether I have to get used to living
on the threshold. We are, after all, caught between a world that
is passing, and a world that is to come. Uncertainty rules."
pioneer ministry in Rochester
Ordained Pioneer Minister starts out building a fresh expression
in Rochester. On September 6th I was ordained in Rochester Cathedral.
I have an elaborate job title of 'Pioneer Curate'. I am the curate
on the staff of the cathedral and I am being trained in everything
that a Church of England curate needs to be trained in - such
as learning how to deacon at the Eucharist, process, preaching,
funerals, baptisms and so on. For some Anglicans that would be
normal stuff, but coming from my 'low church' background of St.
Mark's Gillingham alongside around 14 years of working with Youth
for Christ it was quite a culture shock."
down the walls: can we, the working class, have oor church back
used to love seeing masel as part of the emerging church until
about 4 years ago. However, three things, began to crack and slowly
dislodge my identification with all things emerging - in both
church and the wider uk society, and propel me back out into scotland.
The resulting relationship between me, christianity and the land
around me here has changed beyond all recognition.. my faith,
my trust has returned again, not just in God but in my roots;
the estates I grew up with, the place itself, the land, the people;
its colourful mix of natives and newcomers, industries, even creation
itself - lost friends regained - all of it is my church now..."
for the Night
"A few months ago, some of the club chaplain
team were talking about the big traditional churches dotted around
town, and about how there is often a special 'something' about
these places. Of course we all know that God is everywhere and
that the church is the people not the building Ė but nonetheless
there is often something tangibly distinct about these old churches
which means that just entering these places, just being there,
can be a spiritual experience itself."
08 - January 09:
is seeking ways to run a church.
from Hawaii currently living in Cali, I am a Salvation Army officer
in training. Which means in a year and a half I will be a pastor
in the Salvation Army, I am currently in my first year of seminary..."
has no idea what she is doing.
really have no idea what Iím doing, but I trust that God will
get me where Iím supposed to be each day."
- November 08:
"So who are you, where you from, what do you do in life? My
Name is Ben, Iím From Somerville Mass whichi s just outside of
Boston. I work as a chef, and currently Iím the youth pastor at
a small Baptist church. I do this while I try to work on my own
"It is bittersweet to recall the first few
years that our family lived in San Francisco. We had moved to
the city with a dream: to form a community of people who would
take Jesus seriously as the teacher and revolutionary he intended
Mobile Property Moves
"Church pastor Leonid Kartavenko believes this to have been
Moscow’s first evangelistic boat excursion. Evangelistic expeditions
in the early 1990’s had chartered ships on the Volga and in Siberia.
But evangelistic events whilst the boat was in-motion had not
been a part of the programme.."
place, truth space..
"It has been described as, ‘a safe place where terrible things
Aoradh Christian Arts Project
"It is almost summer! Even here, in the west of Scotland,
the sun is shining, and the life is exploding all around us. Many
of us will be longing to get outdoors- out into the wild places,
because just being in wilderness seems to give us soul-space,
and opportunities to connect again with the Creator."
[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 06.08
I'm not alone
Finally having some sort of support group to help share the ideas
I’ve had for years..."
God's Design for Redemption
He said to him, 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR
HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.'..."
[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 05.08
awakening from a long sleep into the amazing possibility that
the kingdom appeared while I was unconscious and I’m not sure
what it all means..."
[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 05.08
Like a Bird
DU PLESSIS-CAROLINE [USA]
I am gliding like a bird, he comes along side and swoops down,
and says “rest a while”..."
to the estate
we get round the word it's really inclusive. I don't stand up
and preach to them, I actually sit with them and give them the
opportunity to share what God is doing...."
the spirit of the message I remove my trainers and socks and step
into the building. It's clear that multisensory is the watchword
here - I can hear recorded bird song, I can see some artfully-placed
farming tools, the ground does indeed have a circle of soil to
place your feet on and somehow even the authentic smell of farmland
[Hartbeespoort :South Africa]
must try to question every tradition that is part of our christian
doings. Is the things we do really Christian things or are they
up fallow ground
CARL and MALDWYN
[South Wales UK]
felt it important to humanize Jesus so to speak and participate
in breaking down the stereotypical barriers that the church has
[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 01.08
GREEN [Bootle, UK]
happens!! There is no need for a slick program or a practised
sermon just believers meeting to seek God.."
Boring Wells Story - Scene 1
McCartney [Moneyrea, Ireland]
in the cheese - that was God's word to me. I read somewhere recently
about the parish system in the Anglican church being a bit like
a cheese sandwich - wherever you take a bite you get cheese."
[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 01.08
Kelley[New Jersey, USA]
the big secret you're itching to share with everyone?
Church happens!! There is no need for a slick program or a practised
sermon just believers meeting to seek God.."
Wallace, Visions [York UK]
year, when the roof of our usual venue was being re-done, we migrated
to York Minster crypt for a few months. We loved the space, and
opportunities to meet new people that came from being in the Minster,
although it was quite hard work doing a full service set-up every
is a simple, powerful and free internet tool, designed to help
friends, families and communities pray with each other..."
[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 09.07
anyone ever turned up out of the blue not knowing what to expect?
What did they say? Yes,
"are we seriously cooking dinner?"."
Rowden [Belfast, Northern Ireland]
long as I stay true to what I believe Jesus would have me do then
I am going to be seeking out the poor and oppressed and feeding
the hungry and releasing captives and helping the blind to see
where-ever I can. If that is what Christ was here to do then I
will give it a go too..."
[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 07.07
if you had to describe the church/project/experiment/thingy you
are currently involved with in one sentence, what would that sentence
be? "community folk jam evening in a pub with spiritual
Everett: musician, composer, audio designer
is a musician, composer, audio designer, and the co-founder of
Transmission, an underground church in New York City. His recent
album, Rotation, weaves pop, glitch electronica, acid jazz, and
traditional liturgical melodies into a unique but familiar tapestry
of urban spirituality ..."
wanted to be a place where people who didn't know what they thought
or felt about God could experience something spiritual in a way
that relates to the rest of their lives..."
Gilmore interviewed by John Drane (Pt1)
Los Angeles USA
think the debate about women in church leadership is overrated
because I don't think there should be a debate. The rest of Western
culture has figured out that there isn't a thing in the world
a man can do that a woman can't do just as well. So why are we
in the church lagging behind?..."
beginning to think this emerging church thing is just for those
who are lucky enough to have someone ordained looking after it.
The rest of us plant, struggle to sprout, but ultimately aren't
Coleraine, Northern Ireland
of maintaining a healthy spirituality and perspective on life
involves punctuating it with moments that might allow us space
and time. For many, the Soliton Sessions are becoming a space
to allow just that..."
[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 12.06
My Habit of Planting Churches
had these ideas evolve over a couple of years, only to find that
my ideas are already out there..."
Nights - Church on the streets
Urban nights is simple, a team of workers sit outside the church
on a Thursday night giving away Hot chocolate and cakes (Baked
by the people in the church). Over the weeks and months they build
great relationships and friendships with each other, talking about
different issues and problems the young people face, as well as
get them involved in local issues and concerns.
you been to church lately?
CapeTown, South Africa
isn’t necessarily all about stained glass windows, a “worship”
team and shiny polished wooden pews for me. They call me post-modern,
emergent and a bunch of other things…but I’m just an ordinary
Christian, a ragamuffin saved by God's grace..."
[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 10.06
Love, honesty, action
believe the emerging church is the next work of the Spirit to
revolutionize the Church, sort of a new Reformation..."
We have always had the intention to the cafť bar being a “safe
place” in the city and people often comment on this and have actually
called it a sanctuary. "
line from Jubilee
Jubilee, Hartley Valley, Australia
I have never "pastored" such a small group, nor enjoyed church
so much. It has been hard to adjust to the idea of smallness."
KENN KILAN Caloundra
have resisted telling our story for some time now as I feel, along
with many others, that it's too early to come to any conclusions
about the emerging church."
Fron non-church to emerging church?
SHEPPARD Nagoya, JAPAN
church in Japan is small, and virtually irrelevant. The non church
movement however, is evidence of the Mission of God being expressed
in Japan and deserves a second look by missiologists ... this
is only part of the story of the church in Japan that can provide
some light on the struggles we are facing in the West..."
God, struggling together
church in Inverness is quite traditional, formal and middle class.
These kids are none of these things. We talked to lots of churches
and there was no church that was willing or ready to take on a
group of wild young people..."
HOWIE and DAVE SAUNDERS are interviewed by
RICHARD BROMLEY to talk about Revolution
- a spiritual community of young people based around relationships
rather than membership.
A spirited exchange
McINTOSH interviewed by PAUL FROMONT
'Spirited Exchanges' co-founder Jenny talks with Paul about how
personal experience led to the creation of an organisation engaging
with people who have left or struggle with exisiting models of
Paradise on earth?
"Adam waves at me from across the sand dunes, he is wearing
a dog collar, sports sandals and nothing else. Welcome to NUDES
- the UK's first naturst beach mission."
revive : Leeds UK
What exactly did Jesus do with those 40 days in the wilderness?
A new CD-Rom resource brings a fresh perspective
to a familiar story through comic art.
chat with illustrator Si Smith of Leeds church revive.
Is this discussion any good?
'Alternative-Emerging' is an email discussion list that grew out
of the UK/Australia/New Zealand alt.worship communities. We asked
its members what they valued about being on the list. Maybe you'll
like to join them...
second in our mini-series of how
digital technology is resourcing and transforming the emerging
Bona Fide Fire
Dreamers of the Day : Northern Ireland
art, faith and culture meet and mix...an opportunity to be refreshed,
renewed and re-created...
talks about starting with a fire inside...
Virtually Emerging :
Christian Radio : Internet
The emerging church has siezed the opportunity offered by the
internet to explore, discuss and incubate ideas unconfined by
traditional boundaries of location and social situation.
the next few months we're gonna look at a mix of the established
and some fresh ideas [because YOU might want to join in!] - we
begin with one of the latter: Aaron tells us how he's offering
online workshop space as part of the ChristianRadio.me.uk project.
CAFE STORY] 01.06
Sick of convention
Belfast, Northern Ireland
pops in for a quick decaf and brings her emerging church surivial
kit - but it's empty... find out why in the virtual cafe.
Asking, not answering
Ikon : Belfast : Northern Ireland
A moving mix of soundscapes, poetry, beats and song combine in
this unique collection of twelve tracks from Belfast based Ikon
alternative worship group. We interview Paul, one half of 'Stray',
the duo behind the CD from 'an emerging community, becoming Christian'.
CAFE STORY] 11.05
Honest, open and true
Salem, Oregon USA
'n00b' Joshua talks about creating church for the burnt, burned out
and misinformed. He's gonna need that coffee then...
Thin places, strong coffee
Taree : New South Wales : Australia
Bree pops into our virtual coffee shop to tell us about being
part of a traditional church exploring new forms of worship for
- Creativity - Community
C3 : Stockport : UK
church is not just for the emerging generations!" Tony tells
us about church based around 4 creativity groups and a wide range
Light in dark places
Lighthouse Project / Hull Community Church : Hull UK
your church is a refuge for drug addicts, prostitutes and the
homeless, perfect-life theology becomes worthless. Anne tells
how real life is painful and messy but still has room for hope.
Playing in the Bath
buildings, weird sub-cultures and restrictive structures - who
needs 'em? Certainly not a group of people in Bath exploring what
it is to be a 'simple church'. Alexander Campbell (simplechurch.co.uk)
a sink estate somewhere in the south... what do community woodland,
organic vegetables and the emerging church have in common?
An intuitive introverts guide to starting a church
Urban Seed : Melbourne Australia
is blogging about his expereinces of starting a new church in downtown
Melbourne. Start the trail here with cold evenings, first date nerves
and Ikea furniture.
CAFE STORY] 07.05
Love, mercy and justice
Urban Discipleship Center: Baltimore, USA
n roll lovin' urban disciple Ray likes his coffee bold and black with
no sugar. He likes his Christianity with a heavy dose of social action...
& Touchstone : Bradford UK
Pull on those
out that A-Z - we're going on a city centre walk with a difference. The
story of how a group of students, a few alt.worship types and a chaplain
or two turned a whole city onto seeing God in the everyday.
CAFE STORY] 05.05
'Tapestry' : Grand Junction, CO, USA
kind of feel like the ‘weirdo’ right now (Every Pastor I show this
to raises their eyebrows and pat me on the head and tells me I’ll
“mature in the Lord one of these days”)..."
or 'walking amongst cats'
easter we throw a real party at which Christ hosts, apostles tend
bar and wait tables, and where anyone off the streets is welcomed
Railway Church, Leceistershire
is driving the train, Jesus is collecting tickets and the Holy spirit
is waving us off at the platform..."
Wallingford, Seattle, Washington, USA
church that: Gives away products or services; Provides for effortless
transfer to others; Scales easily from small to very large; Exploits
common motivations and behaviors; Utilizes existing communication
networks; Takes advantage of others' resources..."
CAFE STORY] 03.05
Community Bible Church, San Antonio, Texas USA
".. the absence of instruments
may inspire our most beautiful worship..."
New Hampshire, USA.
Thrift store church
Escondido : California USA
daily life for people of the Cross is spent at our thrift store, which
I call the church of the future. Here we meet the seekers and love
them into Christ. We help the hurting, feed the hungry, and clothe
the needy. We truly are the church and this makes it very hard to
"go" to church anymore.
[MEDIA : Images]
Emerging @ New
Our Christmas/New Year photo competition
was won with 3 images by Aram Avetisyan that look beyond traditional
decorations for signs of church amongst the Christmas kitsch. Aram
wins a copy of the new emerging worship CD-Rom, 'Fractals'.
Creating Space for Strangers
Two stories from DAVID EVANS and KATHRYN SCHERER:
Bible studies the villagers have learnt that they can and should
do something to improve their own lives..."
of Praise, Liverpool UK
couldn't believe the way they treated me. They let me into their
houses, although they knew what I was like. They ignored my past,
they treated me like a person..."
CAFE STORY] 01.05
drops by to talk about emerging multicultural
opportunities in New Hampshire, USA.
Body and Spirit
Sanctus 1 : Manchester UK
"'Your aura is all sparkly' was the first comment that I
received after I had prayed with someone at Manchester's annual
Mind Body Spirit fair. This is the place where spiritual searchers
come to explore spirituality. Sanctus1, an emerging church in the
city centre of Manchester, decided that they should also be there
to offer a Christian alternative..."
A manifesto for Corporate
home : Oxford UK
is a set of values that relate specifically to our times of gathering
together, as a community of faith, to express corporately our worship
of our God"
The Dream story
Dream : Liverpool UK
"Dream is a living community of people who are on a journey
together of discovering Jesus Christ and growing to know him, but
whose experience of church may have been more of an obstacle than
In the world
Sims : UK
"They called Jesus a "glutton" because he was present at so many
parties with people partying their asses off. so much so that it defined
him to those on the outside. that is the kind of church that understands
grace and that is positioned for credibility and impact..."
[MEDIA : Images]
The Vaux Identity
immersive environments, where every detail would be considered. Spaces
built from surface, idea, sound, word, image and woven together to
create a seamless whole- A place where a flyer is no different from
a Liturgy, or 35mm Slide from a prayer. All are important, all constitute
the whole act of worship..."
09.04 [MEDIA : Photos]
Is working with
teenagers just a matter of keeping them occupied until they're ready
for 'big church'?
shares his story of 'The Gathering' and why it is so much more than
just a youth group - "If
you are not creating an emerging Church where you are I want this
story to encourage you; go on - it's not very hard to do."
: Perth Australia
January, Andrew told us about a lifechanging
mission plan - to move with family and friends to new houses on
a new estate to be church to a new community. Here he reflects on
what it means to leave the tried and tested missionary approach for
something more uncertain...
CAFE STORY] 09.04 [MEDIA : Photos]
HOST : Bradford UK
space where I can feel involved/challenged/relaxed/ far too busy
for my own good/far too chilled out for my own good, basically a
place where I can do my worship justice."
CAFE STORY] 09.04
out the shackles of religion
To All Nations : Kidderminster UK
see every street in every village, town and city connected to, and
being served by, vibrant, united and culturally relevant local churches
in practical ways"
CAFE STORY] 09.04
to keep things together
not a new recruit, but not an instigator either. Are you implying
that you have to become an instigator after your new recruit phase
is past? Oh dear – I’m not doing very well"
in August 04:
The Birthing pains of
an emerging church
Myriad : Perth, Australia
"I was content in my knowledge that as
youth pastor of a "successful" church I was called to be there. Until
God started messing with my calling. I remember having a conversation
with a pastor from another church and sharing some of my frustrations.
His reply was simple, "why don't you start something yourself?" I
was floored. I couldn't do that. I didn't want to be the leader of
something, that was too difficult..."
Empowerment, Dreams : Legacy
PETER HILLMAN, ANTHONY ROSE, MATTHEW ROSE, ANTHONY MARSH
: Essex UK
perhaps goes without saying that the main reason why we appear to
be having some success among young people is our dependence upon God
through being empowered by the Holy Spirit. We have tried hard not
to get bogged down in programmes but, rather, have looked for ways
of being creative..."
in July 04:
Digital Glass : Peder
Morgenthaler : USA
right DNA : Mark
Sayers : South
Melbourne Restoration Community, Australia
New in June 04:
Village : Scott
Coverdale : The Village : Tucosn Arizona, USA
wine, a towel, and a bible
: Craig Morton : Friends House Network : Meridian Ohio, USA
New in May 04:
is finished... :
Pierson : Cityside/Parallel Universe : Auckland New Zealand
found me" he said
: Jamie Hoskins : Thursday Group : Canada
to shake off a lifetime of what Church "looks" like
: Aaron Hilton : California
New in April 04:
Gentle Anointing Of the Spirit...
: John Padwick : Mafuta Pole : Kenya
Bus Stop Church on route 106
: Colin and Anita Smith : Banana :
Church Descends From The Clouds
: Joe Kerr : ACE : New Zealand
March 04 stories:
down under : Rosemary Neave
: Futurechurch : New Zealand
February 04 edition new stories:
God's garden : Derek Spencer
: Eden : Sussex UK
bridges in the black country : Ste Cook
: Bridge Builders : West Midlands UK
a 'merging church' to an emerging church : Si
Johnston : Christ Church
& Upton Chapel and Church.co.uk : London UK
story (so far) of DNA Networks : David
Beales : DNA : Colchester UK
January 04 edition new stories:
: Mark Pierson : Cityside/Parallel Universe : Auckland
wondered what the alternative to carols and christingles might be?
sheer adventure of pioneering"
: Andrew Hamilton : 'Backyard Missionaries' : Brighton, Australia
Mark tells us of postcards, paddling pools and pongas in a Parallel Universe...
December edition new stories:
theology" : Geoff Reid : Touchstone : Bradford UK
from the first 14 years of 'Touchstone'
- a city centre 'church without congregation'.
underbelly of cutting-edge church..." : Sally Morgenthaler : Denver,
The author of 'Worship Evangelism' pops in to explain "Enlightenment
Re-dux" churches (we didn't know what it meant either until we read
new wineskins - waiting for the wine" : Simon Hall : Revive :
[11.03] [MEDIA : MP3 SAMPLES]
Simon talks us through the birth and growth of a worshipping community,
now on the cusp of change again.
air " : Michael Treston : Diocese of Nelson: New Zealand
Diocese of Nelson's Youth Coordinator pops into
the virtual cafe.
edition new stories:
E at the heart of emerging" : Paul Thomson : RAVEN : Edinburgh,
am not involved in emerging church" : Anna Dodridge
your bridges" : Andrew Hamilton : Backyard Missionaries : Brighton,
an open door : missional flatting" : Mark Grace : Massay, New
church... a personal story" : Steve Hollinghurst : The Mass :
of peace" : Mark Berry : GROWproject : Mursley, UK
: Ian mobsby : Moot : London, UK
deeper " : Paul Fromont : SPACE : New Zealand
want some more of that!" : Jon Harris : Harvest First : UK
Jesus over a latte" : Eddie Chapman : Breathing Space : Melbourne,
Stories shared in October:
of the future" : Sue Wallace : Visions : York, UK
[09.03] [MEDIA : PHOTOS, GRAPHICS, VIDEO]
story is a long one, and sometimes it scares me to see how the dates have
whizzed by. Those of us who have been in Visions since the beginning have
now been on this strange journey for 14 years. I find that unbelievable,
and yet being here is still a constant surprise, constantly new..."
the Journey" : Ben Edson : sanctus 1 : Manchester, UK
[09.03] [MEDIA : PHOTOS, FLASH]
"Manchester City Centre is changing. There are approximately 20,000
people living in the city centre boundaries - the majority of these are
young working professionals, who live work and party in the city centre.
As well as this an estimated 100,000 use the city for business, socialising
and shopping everyday. It is a dynamic European city centre. What does
Church look like for these people?"
fishes and beer" : Bar None : Cardiff, Wales UK
Bar None is a church in a pub. Chris Coffey, one of the founder members,
comments. "The bar staff in the pub really want to work in the basement
room we hire, on a Sunday evening. They love the atmosphere. They get
involved in the discussions, and they’ve even asked for prayer. I guess
that’s always been a bench mark for me. If those guys aren’t stood there
cringing, hating every minute of it, when they have to be there, then
that’s pretty good...
Take-away spirituality" : Steve Taylor : Graceway : Ellerslie,
[09.03] [MEDIA : PHOTOS]
New Zealand, Easter is the last holiday before winter. Many people take
a break, and head off to a holiday home (called a bach). Graceway is committed
to sourcing spirituality within contemporary culture. How to source spirituality,
within holiday patterns, without diluting gospel and community?"
: Transitioning church..." : Mark & Becky
Barkaway : THIRD : Worthing, UK
is a group of people seeking a Christ-centred spirituality as an alternative
church community that has emerged from within (and still remains a part
of) Maybridge Community Church in Worthing, West Sussex, UK. Caught in
between Brighton and Chichester, Worthing is a town with over 50 protestant
churches who, predictably you may say, all use the same traditional approaches
as their expressions of church in the town."
out an Australian Spirituality/Christianity" : Eddie Chapman
: Breathing Space : Melbourne, Australia
is a small group of people who meet as 'church' weekly in one of our homes.
While continually evolving, words like "postmodern", "alternative", "missiological"
& "experimental" could begin to describe us. We meet in Mont Albert, in
Melbourne's east, on Tuesday evenings to talk, think, drink coffee, &
pray/worship in some form, although one week is rarely like the next."
than a talk show" : Sally Morgenthaler : Denver, USA
the good old U.S. of A. was indeed a mission field. What a concept. I
had discovered that there was a world out there, and in many ways, the
Church was totally superfluous to it."
secret garden' : Dave Magee: Echo, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Dave drops in from club culture to talk about trust and spiritual sustenance.
Oh, and caffiene.
all, and worship one' : Aaron Norwood : The Bridge, Arizona, USA
Aaron Norwood takes time out to tell us about The Bridge - a church that
is also a nightclub, community centre, food bank and coffee house.
Kingdom of Heaven in a cul-de-sac" : Base Communities : Duffryn,
Newport, Wales UK [09.03]
"We look at the communities that we are involved in and the problems are
just overwhelming. Mass unemployment, homelessness, drug addicts. What
can we do about all that? It’s too big, we can’t solve the problems. If
you’re not careful you finish up doing nothing at all, because it’s all
just too big." It’s this type of thinking that David Sutton met, when
he first moved to Duffryn
you're not a real Baptist church, are you?" : Graham Old : Daventry
Graham talks to us about how being the body of Christ is about
sacrifice and 'dying' to what is comfortable for us
the middle class bubble" : gracelands : Cardiff, Wales UK
"Our services allow for different
moods and different frames of mind. There’s a lot of stillness, and you
can just respond to what’s going on in your own way. That’s very different
to normal church. There’s no one telling you how you should be responding..."
real refreshing change' : Edward Green : future-shape-of-church.org
Ed's not just talking about our excellent beverages, but about worshipping
in a place where those of no faith are as welcome as card-carrying Christians.
discipleship" : The Red Cafe : Swansea, Wales UK
Peter Mannion, a volunteer at the seafront Red Cafe project in Swansea
is something you are, not where you go" : Matthew's House : California,
"We're not a typical church; still we
are not ashamed to be called that. To us, church is a way of life - a
life lived in the reality of God, in community with each other and in
order to bless our world."
can never go wrong with candles' : Sophie : Visions : York, UK
Sophie explains why church as community is so important.
: The Youth Project : Bargoed, South Wales UK
church has lost contact with young people, If you go straight up to young
people that you’ve never met before, and start inviting them to church,
they’re just going to think, "Well, who are you?" You’ve got to build
bridges. You’ve got to try to do something positive for them. You must
reconnect." How could a parish church in a poverty-stricken former mining
town respond to this challenge?
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