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Presbytery of East Iowa
RTA Leadership Summit
October 20th, 2007
Emerging churches are communities
that practice the way of Jesus within
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.
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.
2.) have an open-source approach to community, theology, and leadership that encourages flatter structures, networks, and more personal and collective participation.
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
4.) have a renewed interest in contemplative and bodily spiritual formation disciplines that have, historically, been important Christian practices
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
6.) cultivate and have an appreciation of the arts, creativity, artful living, and provocative storytelling
7.) re-examine and rethink vocation, livelihood, and sustainable economics