Thursday, May 17, 2007

emerging church course in a local church

cdcovercropped400.jpg A friend rang, wondering how he, a rural worker, could engage with my emerging church course that I teach here at BCNZ. I put some information about the course and how it might work in a local church, together for him. Then I thought it might interest some other blog readers, so here it is.

Emerging church: contemporary ways of being the people of God

Introduction: What’s Going On Out There? From the way people meet, to the way people worship, it’s clear that the church around the world is changing. So what’s happening on the edges of the church? Is there a place for labyrinths or multi-media creativity or spirituality2go in Christian worship? In what ways might internet church or Christian festivals change the future of Christian faith?

Emerging church as contemporary Ways of Being the People of God is a short course that takes trips to the edge of the church envelope and reports back on the emerging church around the globe. Topics include: leadership, the Bible, spiritual formation; worship and mission. The course is interactive and multi-media, mixing theology and practical outworkings for churches today.

Course content:
Lecture 1: New soil = new plants = new church shapes
Lecture 2: What is the new “soil” that is “postmodern cultures”?
Lecture 3: A missionary for a postmodern soil
Lecture 4: Identifying with the life of Jesus:
Lecture 5: Spiritual formation and the emerging church
Lecture 6: Transforming secular space
Lecture 7: Spirituality to go: Worship and the emerging church
Lecture 8: Living as a community: New forms of contemporary Christian community
Lecture 9: Leadership and the emerging church
Lecture 10: Evaluation of the emerging church OR
A mixed economy: the place of emerging church in established church

Details: Taught by Steve Taylor, drawing on his book, The Out of Bounds Church? Learning to Create a Community of Faith in a Culture of Change. Steve teaches this course every two years at BCNZ Christchurch.

He is also available to teach it to groups of more than 10 people in a local church. The course takes 10 hours and could be taught over consecutive Saturday’s. The course can be taken for audit, or assignment work could be completed for BCNZ credit (BCNZ credit fees would then be required to be paid).

Participants also receive a pre-course DVD with five 7-minute long video clips of emerging church leaders around the world describing their vision, passion, leadership and community.

For more information, contact Steve on steve at emergentkiwi dot org dot nz or 027 252 8227

Posted by steve at 05:30 PM


  1. This sounds as though it would be worth offering online with an appropriate subscription.

    Comment by Eleanor Burne-Jones — May 17, 2007 @ 6:18 pm

  2. not quite sure what you have in mind eleanor. can you say a little more please?


    Comment by — May 17, 2007 @ 6:22 pm

  3. Hi Steve, let’s talk ;o)

    Comment by Mark Nichols — May 17, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

  4. 2 options immediately come to mind Mark;
    a) praxis has talked about me doing a block course in auckland with them next year. So could BNCZ Auckland codeshare with that?
    b) i do something at your church. if its a tough gnarly old brethren type outfit, i’d charge double though 🙂


    Comment by — May 17, 2007 @ 10:21 pm

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