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Beginners Guide

Since our launch in 2003 emergingchurch.info has grown to include over 100 unique stories and reflections with more added every month - so where do you start if you're here for the first time? This then is a constantly evolving collection of recommended stories and reflections for if you're wanting to get a quick picture of what the emerging church is all about. Of course, it's impossible to summarise something as diverse as the emerging church but if you click and explore, read and discover, perhaps you'll start to get a picture of what this site is all about..

Story

Having an open door : missional flatting

date OCTOBER 10
date Mark Grace (New Zealand)

On Saturday the 23rd of August Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship ran it’s first Missional Flatting workshop in New Zealand. Over four hours, 16 students from TSCF’S group at Massey University explored what a missional flat might look like with Michael Duncan who amongst other things, gives some of his time to the work of Tertiary Student Christian Fellowship. A missional flat is simply a community of students living in a flat who intentionally seek to live out and speak about the good news of Jesus Christ to those on their street. The workshop was broken into four sections. The first…

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Asking, not answering

date OCTOBER 10
date PAUL HUTCHINSON (Ireland)

The newest release on the Proost label (the folks behind resources such as the Labyrinth Kit and CD's such as Spirit of the New), is 'Dubh' - a CD that has come out of the Belfast-based community Ikon. We chatted with one half of the composing team 'Stray', Paul Hutchinson. Let's start with this 'darkness' thing - not the rock band, but the title and vibe of the CD. Was there a concious effort to create something different to the usual christian happy worship music? Dubh pronounced Duv is Irish for Black (and not dark as the sleeve note states).…

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Reflection

Words betray us… adventures in cross-cultural emergence

date OCTOBER 10
date Matthew Glock (France)

The constant instantaneous flow of ideas and information provided by the Internet emboldens those who want to see the church emerge and flourish in today’s world. It is pretty cool being able to post some thoughts on your blog and before you know it reactions come from around the world. The very strength of the emerging church blogosphere reveals its weakness. Much of what you read concerning the emerging church could bear the title, “The emerging church in the white, anglo, post-modern, post-christian subculture”. This is why our words betray us and we should be slow to trust ourselves. If…

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