Sunday, December 10, 2006
emerging church postcards 06
Again, this Christmas I am compiling a series of emerging church postcards . I want to publish on-line a visual snapshot and digital diary of the emerging church in 2006. I welcome contributions from any emerging churches. Just send me at steve at emergentkiwi dot org dot nz;
a) 1 photo of your emerging community this (06) year;
plus a few sentences in response to these 4 questions;
b) what has been a helpful Scripture in the formation and life of your church community?;
c) what has your emerging community been learning about spiritual formation?;
d) what movie (or scene) might sum up your year?;
e) what has been your best mission moment in 06?.
During January I will be post your image and responses as a series of postcards06 on my blog. (Feel free to use the emerging church postcards 06 image above and to spread the word.)
Now last year I was very United States-allergic. I was tired of the way that the emerging church was so often reduced to emergentUS. I thus refused to accept any American postcards. It was a blog-stake in the ground, because I wanted to provide a visual reminder that the emerging church is global, not American.
This year I repent! I am accepting US postcards. However, I will only post them in proportion to their percentage of world population. That’s 5% (according to here). So, for every 20 postcards I get, I will post one from the United States (in the order they come from the US).
Why emerging church postcards 06?
Well, my 2005 book, the Out of Bounds Church?, was based on a series of 8 postcards, posted from emerging churches around the Western world. Each “postcard” is followed by a chapter exploring the challenges and opportunities faced by the emerging church. The 9th chapter invited readers to go and write their own postcard by planting their own emerging church!
A book is static. Once published, it cannot change. The web is not. So last year I invited postcards from the edge;
a) 1 photo of your emerging community in 05;
plus a paragraph answer to these 4 questions;
b) how were you as an emerging community birthed?;
c) what do you as an emerging community value?;
d) what music track sums up your year;
e) what was your best mission moment in 05?
The result was postcards 05, a visual glimpse of emerging churches in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Malaysia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The complete set is here.
At the end of another year, I want to provide a digital and visual reminder of the journey that is emerging church.
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