Thursday, February 08, 2007

the place of emerging church in theology, critique and seminary

I am in Auckland for the next 24 hours, delivering a paper at a Bible College of New Zealand Curricular Conference. I have been asked to speak to the topic: how to express emerging church in a seminary curriculum.

In my paper I attempt the following:
a) to define the emerging church. I use Luke 10:1-12 to highlight themes of missiology and contextualisation.
b) to outline a model which integrates context, Biblical text and community mission action.
c) to apply this to three papers I teach – Emerging Church; Missional Church Leadership and Gospel in a post-Christian Society – explaining how and why I teach and reflect the way I do.

The paper, if you are interested, is here (208KB). It might be of interest to anyone wanting to critically engage with the emerging church and to those teaching in seminaries.

Posted by steve at 09:55 AM


  1. All the very best. I hope the delivery goes well and hthe debate is generous, stimulating and gracious. Go well!

    Comment by Paul Fromont — February 9, 2007 @ 5:29 am

  2. read your paper, sounds great, would love to know how it was received

    ex (for now!) bcnz student

    Comment by christina hunt — February 11, 2007 @ 1:02 pm

  3. Yes, how was it received?

    BTW – popped down to BCNZ Waikato’s final(?) graduation on Friday to see a friend finish up. Quite a bitter-sweet affair for many, it seemed.

    Comment by Stephen Garner — February 14, 2007 @ 1:25 pm

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