Emerging Church is a term that has been used to describe a coming into being from the early 1990s into the 2000s of communities of people trying to follow Jesus in postmodern culture.
Emerging Church is not one single unified movement, and is not contained in any one denomination, but is rather a flowering of low key, grassroots and diverse groups, primarily in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Emerging Churches understand themselves as being part of an evolving conversation. Most would resist being closely defined, and use of the term 'Emerging Church' is seen by some as carrying complications and restrictions. Shared themes include participation and non-hierarchical patterns of organisation, the place and possibility of community, engagement with the arts, a commitment to issues of justice, peace and the environment, and through it all a desire to work out what it might mean to follow Jesus in diverse and fast-changing cultures.
In the UK Fresh Expressions is currently taking the inspiration, learning and questions of the Emerging Church to a wider constituency.
For a wider view on Emerging Church, and an analysis of the main themes worldwide, the book 'Emerging Churches' by Eddie Gibbs and Ryan Bolger [SPCK 2006] remains an excellent resource.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Emerging people here's a brief piece I've done on Emerging Church for Fresh Expressions. Anything you'd want to add or change?