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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..

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Jenny McIntosh – A Spirited Exchange

date OCTOBER 10
date Interviewed by Paul Fromont

Jenny McIntosh works 2 days a week for Wellington Central Baptist in New Zealand. That role focuses on developing a new worship space for people who don’t fit into traditional church models. She is also involved in pastoral and strategy areas of the church. The rest of the week Jenny leads Spirited Exchanges (an umbrella name for groups, seminars and resources for people who have left church or are struggling with their faith). Jenny is a counsellor and minister. How was Spirited Exchanges conceived? What was happening for you, and what were you encountering both within and without church that helped you identify…

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Virtual Cafe Story

Like a 3 week old puppy

date OCTOBER 10
date SCOTTY B (OKLAHOMA)

Hi, welcome to our virtual coffee shop. Pull up a chair, take the load of your feet. Let's chat.   So who are you, where you from, what do you do in life?Scotty B. from K2C (Catoosa, Oklahoma USA). I'm a bi-vo joe trying to convert myself from traditional to emerging church. Bi-Vo = Bi-Vocational, i.e. I work a full time job for money and nearly full time ministry for Jesus. Can I get you a drink? Cappuccino, earl grey, dandelion and burdock, pale ale...?I just haven't acquired the taste for much more than an ice cold Dr. Pepper. If I'm…

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Is this discussion any good?

date OCTOBER 10
date Various (Global)

By the mid 1990's it became clear that 'alternative worship' was not only here to stay, but that these communities based around the UK, Australia and New Zealand needed to keep in touch with each other. They were one of the first groups of Christians to really harness the power of the internet to build and maintain a sense of community that mostly existed in cyberspace. Originally using an existing 'Postmodern Christian' email discussion group, they then set up a dedicated alt.worship email group where they could share resources, ideas and rants, formulate theology and chat with friends when the…

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