Reflection

The Emerging Church in the UK : Personal Reflections

date OCTOBER 10
date Ian Mobsby (UK)

Background about the Emerging Church in the UKBecause culture in the UK is far more secular than that which is general in the United States, there has been an emerging church scene since the late 1980s responding to the gap between traditional forms of church and contemporary culture. In the 1980s, this began with forms of church responding to new forms of community and clubbing in the dance scene, which gave opportunities for new forms of mission and church. This began with alternative worship communities in the first wave of the emerging church, as the first form of models of…

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Beginners Guide

Reaching the Unchurched

date OCTOBER 10
date Chris Stoddard (UK)

A few years ago a woman walked off the streets into one of our 'Sunday Night Live!' 'Seeker' services and took a seat at the front. Afterwards she was telling a team member how much she enjoyed the programme and then asked, "By the way, what is this place?" "Well it's a church," came the reply. "Oh no it's not!" she said. "I've been to a church once and, believe me, it's nothing like this." She could, I suspect, be classed as one of the ever-increasing group who would go under the title of 'un-churched', disconnected and disengaged with a…

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Reflection

5 Things We Got Wrong in the Emerging Missional Church

date OCTOBER 10
date Mark Sayers (Australia)

For over a decade here in Australia I have been involved in what some have labelled the Emerging Missional Church. Over the last two years I have been asking a lot of questions and critically reflecting upon this movement. The following points are my reflections on some of the mistakes that we have made. But before I continue I would like to make something absolutely clear. When I say that I am reflecting upon the Emerging Missional Church (EMC), I am not referring to the newer American Emerging Church movement which I think is a very different creature to what…

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