Beginners Guide

A to Z of the Emerging Church

date OCTOBER 10
date Steve Taylor (New Zealand)

In Genesis 2 - "adam" is invited to name creation. The desire to name the emerging church could thus be part of our God-given ability to use language to describe and understand. While “adam” named creation, yet no companion was found. “Adam” remained incomplete. A certain humility is therefore intrinsic to naming. To name is not an act of limitation, but an act of partiality, part of a search for completeness. We seem reluctant to name the emerging church. Perhaps our naming yet lacks an alphabet. We need some A, B, C’s before we can spell the word. So in…

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Beginners Guide

The Birthing pains of an emerging church

date OCTOBER 10
date Gareth Williams (Australia)

My only experience of a birth of a child was a torturous video I was forced to sit through in year ten, so I won't be using much in the way of birth analogies. But I want to outline some of my journey as I enter into the world of the emerging church. For the bulk of my church experience I was filled with joy and wonder at attending services and meetings. I experienced God in such a richness through these events that I wondered what else there could be. A friend who I started Bible college with was always…

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Beginners Guide

Post-missionaries

date OCTOBER 10
date Karen Ward (USA)

as I write, our community is getting ready for holy week and easter upcoming. as a young mission community, we still have not done a full holy week triduum (the three days - holy thursday, good friday and easter vigil) ourselves. a few years ago we started with the VIGIL OF EASTER. this year we are adding a HOLY THURSDAY alt. worship (march 24th, 7 pm at our living:room cafe). on holy thursday we remember the institution of the lord's supper and do the washing (in our case the soaking) of feet, the symbol jesus used to show his disciples…

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