Beginners Guide

To clarify this journey

date OCTOBER 10
date Brother Maynard ( Canada )

Seems there’s some misunderstanding about the journey we’re on. To some, it looks like the journey to leave the church we’re in… which to me is evidence that we aren’t explaining it very well. Given that observation, I thought it might help to take another stab at it in hopes of clarifying it in my own mind if nowhere else. I long for a church that is low-key. I’m tired of hype, I’m tired of noise, and I’m tired of intensity. I used to like all those things, but I no longer equate these with “signs of life.” I long…

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Beginners Guide

Emerging down under

date OCTOBER 10
date Rosemary Neave (Futurechurch, New Zealand)

While many congregations on Sunday mornings around New Zealand may be 'greying' and shrinking, as in other parts of the world there are a growing number of people and groups who are gathering in other ways and on other days to reflect on their faith journey and to celebrate it. This phenomenon is sometimes referred to as 'the emerging church', some call themselves small faith communities, alt.worship, community churches or simply groups of friends. Some meet regularly on the internet or email, some meet in cafés, some in churches, some in homes. There are groups of young people, baby boomers,…

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Beginners Guide

Network Church

date OCTOBER 10
date Steve Collins (UK)

If there's one single thing that characterises emerging forms of church across the western world it's that they are networked. There is no one leader or format or theology, nor is there likely to be. Instead there is a thriving mess of cross-linkage without regard for conventional church structures or channels of communication. It's the context and lifeblood of the emerging church, the arteries of the Body so to speak, and yet it's largely invisible to the existing institutional forms of church. Partly this invisibility is down to technology-blindness, since a lot of the connection happens on the internet. More…

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