Friday, December 16, 2005

emerging church postcards05


This Christmas I am collecting a series of postcards from the edge. To qualify just send me at steve at emergentkiwi dot org dot nz;
a) 1 photo of your emerging community this year;
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?

During January I will be post your image and responses as a series of postcards05 on my blog. Feel free to use the image and spread the word.

Oh, I nearly forgot. You need to be an emerging church outside the US. Sorry but I’m tired of the UScentrism of the emerging church blog world. Postcards05 is not for Americans. It’s a blog-stake in the ground; a visual reminder that God is active outside the bounds of America.

Why postcards05? Darren interviewed me last week in relation to my out of bounds church? book. (He reviewed the book in May here). My book is based on a series of 8 postcards, posted from around the Western world. I write “postcards” from emerging churches around the Western world, and then seek in the chapter following the “postcard” to explore the challenges and opportunities faced by the emerging church.

The last chapter of the book, completed in May 04, postcard 9, invited people to write their own “emerging church” postcards. So during Darren’s interview he asked me where I would like to be writing postcards from today. I replied from here; here and here. Darren then asked me where I would like to receive emerging church postcards from. I said France, because I’d love to see the emerging church turn back the tide of secularity in Europe, and a mixed ethnic church plant in Serbia, because I’d love to see the emerging church embrace mission in a country riven by religious and racial tensions, like Serbia.

This morning I thought, wow, maybe it could actually happen. Hence postcards05.

Posted by steve at 05:35 PM


  1. Great idea Steve. I hope you get some good responses.

    Comment by Paul Fromont — December 17, 2005 @ 7:39 pm

  2. and darren will be posting the interview this week sometime…

    Comment by darren — December 18, 2005 @ 1:37 am

  3. Can you point me to a post of yours that gives me your definition of emerging? There’s so many, I’m not sure if my bunch would qualify…

    Comment by Matt Glover — December 20, 2005 @ 7:01 pm

  4. Matt
    the point of this exercise is not to define in or out. but my definition for what it’s worth i think emerging = a commitment to incarnate faith in postmodern culture.” i have a somewhat playful post on titled A-Z of emerging church; here, but it is intended for fun, not to define

    Comment by steve — December 20, 2005 @ 9:28 pm

  5. I’m sooo looking forward to seeing these postcards. I hope people are sending them in!

    Comment by Craig — December 23, 2005 @ 12:15 pm

  6. Steve, Having read this post several times… I completely missed the link to my Blog ( I am extremely flattered and grateful for the link… I will certainly write a postcard for the project after Christmas… For a snapshot of what we are trying to do Fox News filmed a piece a couple of weeks ago… which is going to be shown as part of the “Special Report” programme (6pm EST or 11pm GMT) one day next week (between Christmas day and New years day) I will post the day when Fox let me know.

    Thanks again.

    Comment by Mark Berry — December 23, 2005 @ 1:34 pm

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