Emerging Churches

Just what is the emergent church? Is it the same sa the 'emerging' church? There are so many definitions and ideas out there... we hope that this section will allow you to better understand the emergent movement and discuss some areas of the emerging church

imageSo, You Wanna Go Multi-Site?

Many churches have been considering the multi-site model for their church... you know, the 'one church- multiple locations' thing... So many, in fact, that all three Coast to Coast Multi-Site Church Conferences have been sold out (Next week's third conference is sold out with nearly 700 people attending in San Diego!). If you're one of the many who are at least intrigued with the idea, check out this new podcast from Leadership Network. It's an interview with Greg Surratt, Pastor of Sea Coast church. It will answer many questions you may be asking...

imageContrarian Theories of the Emerging Church For Discussion:

Commenting on the has become a cottage industry. The phrase itself produces around 850,000 Google hits. Plus, you can be blessed by 2800 graphics, but, surprisingly, no videos (at least per Google). After several years of near-silence, the evangelical publishing industry finally weighed in with books that explained the EC, books that criticized it, and books that helped its practitioners practice. Some of these resources have been really helpful while others have done little more than ask questions like, “how many candles in an emergent service does it take to foment heresy?”

More On Emerging Churches
imageThe Night I Broke Into Dan Kimball’s Church

Well…it wasn’t exactly a burglary; more like an unguided tour that took place a couple months ago when I was visiting Santa Cruz. Several friends, one of whom works with the congregation offered to drive us to the building to take a look at their new facility.


The Squareoff: John MacArthur vs. Emergent

John MacArthur has a new book coming out soon on the “Emergent” Church.  In it, he really takes the emergent church to task over many things.  But Dan Kimball, one of the outfront leaders in the EC movement takes issue with much of MacArthur’s leadership.  I think you’ll be hearing alot of this debate in the near future… take a read at Dan’s post here (it’s rather long); and be sure to check out his blog for other details on this subject.  You may not agree with everything (on either side of the issue) but it’s important to keep on top of things… Dan writes…

imageListening On The Porch Of The Emergent Village

In a guest article today, Tony Myles gives his impressions of the Emergent Church movement from a recent conference he attended. Read Tony's thoughts and see if you agree... imageBrian McLaren Addresses His Critics

Brian McLaren is a controversial leader in the church today. Whether you agree with Brian or not, he does deserve respect; and that's just what he asks for in his recent internet posting entitled "A Friendly Note to My Critics." While I don't agree with some things that McLaren has said in the past, I do believe that he (just like other brothers and sisters in Christ with whom we might disagree with on some things) deserves our respect. In this piece, I think Brian does a good job in laying some groundwork for any comments we make about others... imageBrian MacLaren Reflects on the Past Year of “Emergent”

It's been an interesting year for the 'emergent' church. Many still do not have a good definition for what the emergent church really is. Some of it's leaders are distancing themselves from other leaders. Some say that there's a difference between the 'emergent' church and the 'emerging' church. In fact, Calvary Chapel recently issued a position paper condemning the emergent church; and asking any of their churches who consider themselves emergent to drop the "Calvary Chapel" from their name (which is exacly what found Chuck Smith's son, Chuck Jr. did). To most of us it's just confusing. Read this piece by Brian MacLaren, one of the leaders of 'emergent' on what has taken place over the past year. Brian writes...


Rob Bell:  We Have to Keep Exploring

This is part of an interview with Rob Bell, talking about his new book "Velvet Elvis" recently featured in the Dallas News:

Emerging Churches Resources imagePastors In Transition: Why Clergy Leave Local Church Ministry

Why do pastors leave the ministry? Several common issues emerge from the research of Dean Hoge and Jacqueline Wenger: preference for another form of ministry, the need to care for children or family, conflict in the congregation, conflict with denominational leaders, burnout or discouragement, sexual misconduct, and divorce or marital problems. Of these factors, which form the basis for the central chapters of Pastors in Transition, two are especially important: conflict and a preference for specialized ministry. A close third is the experience of burnout, discouragement, stress and overwork. As the authors explore these factors, they provide significant insights into what can be done to help people stay in ministry. imageEat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

The bestselling author of "The Message" challenges believers to read the Scriptures on their own terms, as God's revelation, and to live them as they read them. imagePracticing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders

Based on his extensive experience as coach and mentor to many thousands of Christian leaders across a broad spectrum of ministry settings, Reggie McNeal helps spiritual leaders understand that they will self-select into or out of greatness. imageThe Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World (by Alan Roxburgh)

This book gives church and denominational leaders, pastors, and clergy a clear model for leading the change necessary to create and foster a missional church focused outward to spread the message of the Gospel into the surrounding community.