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Presenting.... The Emerging Church!

2 March, 2004 4:02 PM

I've been asked to go and speak to the National Board of our denomination later this month about 'Emerging Church'. They've asked me to speak for 1.5 hours - I'll be one of three people coming to talk from around the country on the topic.

I'm a little unsure as to how to approach it. They want me to incorporate some of the story of the Living Room, which is not a problem, but what else should I say? There are many directions one could tackle the topic from - but I'm interested to hear how others would approach it? Any thoughts?



What's it at? I'd like to attend.

Luke » 2 March, 2004 7:21 PM

oh its just for the national leaders of the Aussie Baptists in Adelaide, not a public event.

There may be a public thing later in the year though Luke so I'll keep you informed.

Darren Rowse » 2 March, 2004 11:00 PM

tell stories - tell stories - ummm tell stories!

hamo » 3 March, 2004 12:38 AM

Darren: What a great opportunity! Let me speak from the perspective of a middle-aged pastor, one who may be like those you're going to address. I get tired of relatively young people who speak of their church experiments as if: 1) they have finally discovered what the church really ought to be; 2) I am a total idiot for not doing what they are doing; 3) their thing is so extraordinarily better than anything else. I do in fact think that we need new models of church -- all the time, actually. It's the wineskins thing. Beyond the Emerging Church there will be the Post-Emerging Church and then the Reformed Emerging Church, etc. But sometimes the new folk speak with such arrogance and relative ignorance of church history. Now from everything I read on your website, you're a smart and sensitive guy and won't do these things anyway. But I think a little humility will go a long way. Plus, the "tell stories" comment is also right on target. If you can communicate in a way that draws people in as partners in your experiment in faithfulness, this will be great, because middle-aged pastor types actually want to be involved in God's new and renewing work in the church and the world. Peace to you!

Mark D. Roberts » 3 March, 2004 4:46 AM

I'm sorry but I find this colour scheme impossible to read or to navigate the site.
Shalom, Jan

Jan » 3 March, 2004 12:11 PM

Can you tell me what you see when you look at the site? You might not be seeing it as its designed for some reason.... What about it is difficult to read?

Darren Rowse » 3 March, 2004 12:16 PM

Hi Darren,
It's fine now and I can read it easily. Earlier this morning the whole page was the very dark chocolatey brown and the text was a very deep dark orange providing almost no contrast. I don't know what happened, but it's now back to what I was expecting. I'm using Firebird Mozilla, not IE, but have had that for a couple of months and haven't had problems with any site before.
Anyway, seems OK now. Thanks.
Shalom, Jan

Jan » 3 March, 2004 2:37 PM

I meant to add that there wa no white anywhere. Perhaps it was just a gremlin somewhere in the works.

Jan » 3 March, 2004 2:39 PM

Take the session demonstrating how you would as an emerging church/ I mean - imagine if you were asked to lead this sort of session with your Living Room group - how would you do it?
Let them experience emerging church in some way - while discussing it.
Does that make sense?

Janet » 3 March, 2004 7:17 PM

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