Reflection

Emerging vs. Emergent?

date OCTOBER 10
date Brian McLaren (US)

Brian McLaren interviewed by Chris Stoddard of RUN. Brian, what’s your current thinking regarding ‘emerging church’? You know, it’s funny – I try and stay out of all that discussion about ‘emerging’ versus ‘emergent’. There’s nothing that bores me more than people trying to get brand control and all that sort of thing. I’ll tell you the best term I like – I like to talk about a conversation rather than another division or model or slice of church. To me what’s really exciting is the idea of a conversation that takes place amongst different kinds of people – when…

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Reflection

Beyond the Emerging Church: The End and the Beginning of a Movement

date OCTOBER 10
date Tom Hohstadt (USA)

The “Tipping Point”Something real and reliable matters! For when the ship starts sinking, everyone reaches for the life preservers. Leading thinkers agree we live in a time of explosive change, epic metamorphosis, perhaps the most precipitous moment in planetary history.[1] During this century alone, we’ll see—at today’s rate—on the order of 20,000 years of change.[2] And, the next viable human community will differ decidedly from what we’ve called “civilization.” [ 3] Warnings like these can’t be brushed aside! The very future of faith depends on emerging church leaders “getting it.” And they have only a few years—25 is a conservative…

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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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