Beginners Guide

Starting the Journey

date OCTOBER 10
date Ben Edson (UK)

The Vision :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? 'sanctus 1'A new expression of network Church based in Manchester City Centre. We are committed to a journey of exploration into worship, evangelism, friendship and Christian living. It is hoped that the Christian…

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Beginners Guide

How is Emerging Church different?

date OCTOBER 10
date Michael Moynagh (UK)

Haven't we been here before? What makes emerging church different... …to New Churches?Aren't new expressions of church, for example, just an updated version of house churches, now known in Britain as 'New Churches'? Traditional churches were not connecting with the sixties and seventies culture, individuals felt stifled and so they broke away and started again. Weren't they pioneering 'emerging church'? The big difference, at least to emerging church in its mission mode, is that many New Churches continued to operate on a 'you come to us' model. Members liked their new way of being church and used evangelism to encourage…

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Beginners Guide

What is ‘Emerging Church?

date OCTOBER 10
date George Lings (UK)

The phrase “Emerging church” is an attempt to express succinctly the re-imagining of church that has been taking place in the last 20 years as a response to our rapidly changing UK mission context. The phrase “emerging church”, in my mind, is too passive and too modest; these ways of expressing church differently have already emerged and are very much claiming to be more authentic church than the inherited models. So keep an eye out for the phrase “fresh expressions of church” that has increasing currency in the circles I move in. I do not want to say that traditional…

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