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Adam Walker Cleaveland pomomusings.com cleave@gmail.com. WHAT IS THE EMERGING CHURCH?. Emergent Village vs Emerging Church. Emergent Village: Formed in 2001 Throws parties, publishes books through a variety of partnerships and facilitates both the national and local conversations

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Adam Walker Cleaveland

pomomusings.com

cleave@gmail.com

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Emergent Village vs Emerging Church

  • Emergent Village:
    • Formed in 2001
    • Throws parties, publishes books through a variety of partnerships and facilitates both the national and local conversations
    • Is critiqued by many as being the more “liberal” portion of the emerging church movement
    • Key voices: Tony Jones (National Coordinator), Brian McLaren (the “Godfather” of Emergent), Doug Pagitt, Karen Ward, Tim Keel, etc.
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Emergent Village vs Emerging Church

  • Emerging Church:
    • A broad loosely-connected network of churches - Gibbs/Bolger
    • Catchall term - Jonny Baker
    • Gibbs/Bolger definition: “Emerging churches are communities that practice the way of Jesus within postmodern culture.” (44)
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Chapter 2: What is the Emerging Church?

  • Deconstructionists?
    • Dismantling current ideas of what church is.
  • Deconstruction leads to contextualization
  • Is the emerging church generational ministry?
    • Gen-X beginnings
    • Young Leaders Network
    • Terra Nova Theological Project
    • Emergent / Emergent Village
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Chapter 2: What is the Emerging Church?

  • Fresh Expressions of Church:
    • Anglican/UK version of emerging church.
  • Doug Pagitt’s typology:
    • Return to Reformation (Mars Hill/Seattle)
    • Deep systemic changes, but Christianity & church are still center (University Baptist/Waco)
    • Focus more on Kingdom than on church (Solomon’s Porch)
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Chapter 2: What is the Emerging Church?

  • Adam Walker Cleaveland’s typology:
    • Aesthetically Postmodern: Candles & Coffee Theologically Conservative
    • Methodologically Postmodern: Dialogue-focused, Shared/Communal leadershipTheologically Conservative/Moderate
    • Theologically Postmodern: Engaging in new aesthetics & methods, they also engage in new theology, re-thinking everythingTheologically Moderate/Liberal
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Chapter 2: What is the Emerging Church?

  • Gibbs/Bolger’s Three Core Practices:
    • Identifying with the life of Jesus
    • Transforming Secular Space
    • Living as Community

Definition: “Emerging churches are communities that practice the way of Jesus within postmodern cultures.”

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Chapter 3: Identifying with Jesus

  • A renewed focus on Jesus & Kingdom
  • Missio Dei
  • Re-thinking the Gospel as the Gospel of the Kingdom
    • Individual --> Communal
    • Sin-Management --> Embodying New Way
    • Salvation --> Participation
  • Jesus was not a church planter: Goal isn’t to start churches (Wicker Park Grace, Hartmans in DC)
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How (Not) to Speak of God, by Pete Rollins

“In this way the emerging conversation is

demonstrating an ability to stand up and engage in

a powerless, space creating discourse that opens

up thinking and offers hints rather than orders. In

short the emerging community must endeavor to

be a question rather than an answer and an aroma

rather than food. It must seek to offer an approach

that enables the people of God to become the

parable, aroma and salt of God in the world,

helping to form a space where God can give of

God. For too long the church has been seen as an

oasis in the desert - offering water to the thirsty.

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How (Not) to Speak of God, by Pete Rollins

In contrast, the emerging community appears more

as a desert in the oasis of life offering silence,

space and desolation amidst the sickly

nourishment of western capitalism. It is here in this

desert as we wander together as nomads, that God

is to be found. For it is here that we are nourished

by our hunger.”

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BLATANT Self-Promotion

For more info, check out:

http://www.pomomusings.comhttp://www.emergentvillage.org

For information on how PC(USA) pastors, laity, CPMs, seminary professors, General & Executive Presbyters and other denominational leaders are engaging in the Emergent conversation, check out:

http://www.presbymergent.org