Beginners Guide

What is ‘Emerging Church?

date OCTOBER 10
date George Lings (UK)

The phrase “Emerging church” is an attempt to express succinctly the re-imagining of church that has been taking place in the last 20 years as a response to our rapidly changing UK mission context. The phrase “emerging church”, in my mind, is too passive and too modest; these ways of expressing church differently have already emerged and are very much claiming to be more authentic church than the inherited models. So keep an eye out for the phrase “fresh expressions of church” that has increasing currency in the circles I move in. I do not want to say that traditional…

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Reflection

What is Alternative Worship?

date OCTOBER 10
date Greg Adkins (USA)

Does anyone have a "non-evasive" way of explaining alt. worship? I think I'm all about it, but nothing I've read or heard so far has sounded original or different than the most recent shifts in worship. Is it just me? Am I a loser or something? Greg Adkins responds... Let's be literal first. You said non-evasive. It's alternative worship, so by definition, it's an alternative to more common forms of worship. I think we know what is the status quo for worship right now. Loud rockin' band, hands in the air, 2 delirious songs and the truth kind of thing.…

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Running with the ball

date OCTOBER 10
date Mark Barkaway (UK)

Thinking the unthinkable in times of transition... The game of Association Rugby originated according to tradition in 1823, on the playing fields of Rugby, England. The game itself is said to have started when a student named William Webb Ellis who was playing football, picked up the ball and ran downfield with it under his arm. Imagine people’s disbelief at that defining moment – ‘surely you can’t do that, can you?’, ‘quick, somebody get the rule book’!! The bystanders didn’t understand, it was the same playing field; it seemed like the same game but in an instant there were was…

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