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The Emerging Church. Rising from fallen foundations. The Emerging Church. Presented at: Presbytery of East Iowa RTA Leadership Summit October 20 th , 2007 Jim Bonewald. Emerging from What?. Evangelicalism Liberalism Protestant Exclusivism. Emerging from What?.

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the emerging church

The Emerging Church

Rising from

fallen foundations

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The Emerging Church

Presented at:

Presbytery of East Iowa

RTA Leadership Summit

October 20th, 2007

Jim Bonewald

emerging from what
Emerging from What?
  • Evangelicalism
  • Liberalism
  • Protestant Exclusivism
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Emerging from What?
  • Foundationalism & Rationalism
  • Hierarchalism
  • Pride of place in society
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The Emerging Church

One definition:

Emerging churches are communities

that practice the way of Jesus within

postmodern cultures.


postmodern questions
Postmodern Questions
  • The certainty of knowledge
  • The objectivity of knowledge
  • The inherent goodness of knowledge
how not to speak of god
How (not) to Speak of God
  • Postmodern Christians don’t deny the existence of truth, they just seek to hold that truth differently.
  • “Truth is God and having knowledge of the Truth is evidenced not in a doctrinal system, but in allowing the truth to be incarnated in one’s life.”
    • Pete Rollins
emergent churches
Emergent Churches:

1.) have a significant interest in "community," communal living, and renewed monastic practices*

* This list is by Mark Scandrette from a chapter in Emergent Manifesto of Hope.

the jesus dojo
The Jesus Dojo

In Japanese, a dojo is literally, "a place where you learn the way.”

The setting where you learn to follow Jesus should be more like a karate studio than a college lecture hall.

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Emergent Churches:

2.) have an open-source approach to community, theology, and leadership that encourages flatter structures, networks, and more personal and collective participation.

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Emergent Churches:

3.) have a revitalized interest in the social dimensions of the gospel of Jesus, including community development, earth-keeping, global justice, and advocacy–with a particular emphasis on a relationally engaged approach to these issues

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Emergent Churches:

4.) have a renewed interest in contemplative and bodily spiritual formation disciplines that have, historically, been important Christian practices

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Emergent Churches:

5.) have a renewed emphasis on creation theology that celebrates earth, humanity, cultures, and the sensuous and aesthetic as good gifts of the Creator to be enjoyed in their proper contexts

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Emergent Churches:

6.) cultivate and have an appreciation of the arts, creativity, artful living, and provocative storytelling

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Emergent Churches:

7.) re-examine and rethink vocation, livelihood, and sustainable economics

what about us
What about us?
  • What are the implications of all this for Presbyterians?
    • Christianity for the Rest of Us
    • Tribal Church