Emergent/Emerging Introduction - Sept 8
I will be discussing the emergent/emerging church in some blogs to come. Ecclesiology these days is all over the map. There are traditional churches, churches within churches, seeker churches, blended churches, and the emergent church. I want to discuss the emergent movement because it is seriously trying to deal with the culture as it is and raise important issues about the church as it is. Of course, with such a variety in the church, it is hard to discuss what the church is these days. We actually have an array of church styles out there. And the emergent movement itself is also quite diverse. So I will work hard not to generalize. As you will see there are some things I'd admire about the effort and I also have serious questions. But the goal of these blogs will not be to be "for" or "against" it, but to discuss the movement and the important questions the movement raises for all of those who seek to honor Jesus in the way we live in a needy world. Hopefully the reflections will benefit us all. I invite any "emergents" out there to respond and interact as we are all part of the same church God has put together. Even more, we all can benefit from asking if the church is being all it can be in an era when many question the usefulness of the Christian faith.
Just an updated note on my use of terminology. I am not working in a way that distinguishes the terms emergent and emerging as some wish to do. I am interested in wrestling with how the church addresses a post-modern culture and the various proposals tied to that goal and associated with the terms that focus on such efforts.