Emerging Church – Methods

  • Communicate the postmodern message in print
    Emerging Church movement leaders are prolific writers. Their books are popular and they are well represented in Christian magazines and journals.
  • Communicate the message over the internet
    Emerging Church websites and blogs abound on the internet.
  • Communicate the message in institutes of higher learning
    Emerging Church leaders can be found on staff at many colleges and seminaries. They are also frequent guest speakers at these institutions.
  • Conduct seminars around the world
    The movement gives high priority to seminars and participants in the movement are expected to attend these.
  • Form local communities of postmodern believers through “cohorts”
    Cohorts are small groups that form over the internet and meet to discuss postmodern ideas. Emergentvillage.com recommends that these cohorts study McLaren’s A Generous Orthodoxy together.
  • Influence the leadership and membership of established churches
    Through their published writings, seminars, and websites the movement’s ideas are influencing and affecting established churches of every kind.
  • Establish churches that are dedicated to the ideas and values of the movement
    While this has not yet been as successful as they had hoped, a handful of Emerging Church congregations have been established.
  • Engage in social activism
    While Emerging Church leaders sometimes claim the Church should not be linked to any political agenda, most of them are quite tied to a liberal political agenda. (For an idea of the kind of activism emergents are inclined toward, visit the Sojourners website at http://www.sojo.net/ — McLaren is on the board of this organization.)

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