Tuesday, February 03, 2004

define emerging church

Andrew Jones is trying to define emerging church. Here is my second attempt (I did this last year in an email to jonny baker, but deleted it (and so did jonny I imagine)):

Define emerging church (theologically) – a journey toward a corporate expression of Jesus Christ birthed in the amniotic fluid of postmodern culture. Note that the sheer diversity of postmodern culture means that while characteristics of community, participation, imagination, cultural awareness and appreciation are shared, their expression is diverse.

PS Riley Kern likes this definition also. Thanks Riley.

Posted by steve at 09:30 AM


  1. I like you definition. Perhaps the word participation could be added to the list.

    Comment by phil — February 3, 2004 @ 10:14 am

  2. definitely Phil. I have added it, in italics to acknowledge your input. have a neat day.

    Comment by steve — February 3, 2004 @ 10:25 am

  3. Hope. Emergent communities are communities of hope.
    Especially in the face of aspects of postmodernity’s fatalism and loss of centre and aspects of modernity’s oppressive narratives.

    Comment by Stephen — February 3, 2004 @ 10:45 am

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