Emerging Churches & Southern Baptists Redux

March 19, 2007 at 11:12 am 2 comments

Here is a link to Dr. Mark DeVine’s blog post where he discusses the emerging church as it relates to the Southern Baptist denomination (h/t Tall Skinny Kiwi). There is a link in this post to an article he wrote for the Midwestern Journal of Theology. In it he cites Bolger and Gibbs’ book, Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures and Scot McKnight’s article from Christianity Today, “Five Streams of the Emerging Church: Key Elements of the Most Controversial and Misunderstood Movement in the Church Today.”

Interestingly he notes the emergent critique of evangelicalism is similar to several movements, including Methodism (something noted by Adam Hamilton some time back). Of course you will find yourself disagreeing with DeVine on several points about the emergent movement, but I still believe it is helpful to examine his look at the emergent movement.

In the end, I’m still confident that United Methodists have the right “DNA” to minister from the emergent paradigm and reach postmodern folks. It remains to be seen how these will fit into our structural arrangement with itinerant ministers and connectionalism.

Entry filed under: Emerging Church, Methodism, Religion, United Methodist.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gavin  |  March 19, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    i think we have a great theology (especially our understanding & practice of grace) for the emerging church. it’s more our mission and worship that we miss the mark.

  • 2. Matt  |  March 19, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    Interesting. I would agree, especially with the theology and worship part. I do think there are many churches that are missing the missional mark, so to speak. However, I think we truly have the potential and the heart to be a church that holds solid theology together with a practical and missional faith.


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