The rise and fall of the Emerging Church movement
This post is very much like the original purpose of a blog — an annotated log of web sites visited.
When I first encountered the Emerging Church movement about four years ago I was puzzled about what it was. Today I encountered one of the best descriptions I’ve seen: Some thoughts on the definition of ’emerging church’:
To describe this movement or phenomenon as ‘post-modern’ serves primarily to acknowledge that it is in some sense a self-conscious and deliberate development away from modernism as a philosophical stance and modernity as a state of culture. It does not mean that the post-modern church coincides in all respects with the broader western constructs of postmodernism or postmodernity. We may find ourselves carried along in the same currents as the theorists of postmodernism and we may find that we can learn some valuable navigation skills from them; but we are not in the same boat. We have to come after modernism; we do not have to be postmodern.
When it’s described as a “movement”, Tall Skinny Kiwi gives an excellent list of characteristics of a spiritual movement from Professor Paul Pierson.
So here’s the weblog:
- christiannonduality.com Blog: The “Dead” Emerging Church – an Elvis sighting!
- Tall Skinny Kiwi: Goodbyes to Emergent Village
- North American Emergent Church – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Emerging church – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- cheaper than therapy: An Obituary for the Emerging Church
- “Emerging Church” Christianity: The Anglo-Catholic
- The Emerging Missional Church Fractures into Mini Movements: Mark Sayers
- Lonnie Frisbee and the Non-Demise of the Emerging Church | Tony Jones
- What do you do when a revolution isn’t sexy anymore? | danielleshroyer.com
- When the revolution is over, the work begins: my contemplations
- Tall Skinny Kiwi: 10 types of emerging church that will no longer upset your grandfather
- Emerging church and Orthodoxy: Khanya
The last one is one of my own posts, which I reread to remind myself where I was coming from.
After reading these posts, and a few more, I conclude that the elements that go to make up what is called the “emerging church” have been around for a long time, and they probably won’t go away. some of them will give rise to, or be associated with new self-conscious “movements”, and some of them will be coopted by movements who claim them for their own.