Reflection

Making disciples – the messy reality!

date OCTOBER 10
date Dave Wiles (UK)

What a mess I’ve made of this discipleship thing! On the basis that failure often unlocks learning I've reflected on aspects of my experience. I respectfully suggest that many approaches to discipleship for young people need to move beyond the paradigms of ‘quick fix steps to successful victorious Christian living’ and into the arena of working at the transformation of the messy realms of reality. Three young people I worked with became Christians, I was thrilled and as I carved another notch in my bible I bathed in the knowledge of heavenly parties! The trouble started a few years later…

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Reflection

Words betray us… adventures in cross-cultural emergence

date OCTOBER 10
date Matthew Glock (France)

The constant instantaneous flow of ideas and information provided by the Internet emboldens those who want to see the church emerge and flourish in today’s world. It is pretty cool being able to post some thoughts on your blog and before you know it reactions come from around the world. The very strength of the emerging church blogosphere reveals its weakness. Much of what you read concerning the emerging church could bear the title, “The emerging church in the white, anglo, post-modern, post-christian subculture”. This is why our words betray us and we should be slow to trust ourselves. If…

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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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