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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..

Reflection

Cafeteria church

date OCTOBER 10
date Andy White ( UK)

An acquaintance of mine often referred to a ‘Cafeteria’ approach to church. He considered this to be an attitude that ‘spiritual consumers’ adopt to church life, picking and choosing elements with which to engage, as if from a menu. He used the term disparagingly but, thinking about it, I wonder if there may be something to be said for a ‘cafeteria’ style of doing church. As I see it, churches run on formulas, and a presumption of these formulas is that one size fits all. But one size does not fit all. In fact, one size fits only a few.…

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Reflection

Emerging chuch for an emerging culture

date OCTOBER 10
date Ian Mobsby (UK)

Given the assumption that we accept the validity of liquid modernity or postmodernity, then we need to face quite a challenge. Whatdoes it mean to be 'church' in such a brave new world defined by consumptionand individualism? How do we build connections between Christians in someform of relationship and what does church look, taste and smell like in a newcontext? To start with, I want to express my enthusiasm about change. Wehuman beings do not generally like change. However, I sense greatopportunities for us to be creative and inventive, to try and correct some of theinstitutional control and abuse of…

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Story

Emerging Church a personal story

date OCTOBER 10
date Steve Hollinghurst (UK)

My early Christian years where spent in a middle of the road Anglican Church and thinking Vineyard was the best thing since sliced bread. Prior to this I was into what would now be called ‘New Age’ in a big way. In 1990 my wife and I moved to Inner City Nottingham as youth evangelists. Having done youth work in leafy Sussex this was, shall we say, a shock. It didn’t take long to realise that the teens and twenties we worked with were cultural light years from any expression of church we’d come across. Something new was needed and…

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