Entries in Emergent Church (14)

Wednesday
Feb032010

Church Leadership Foundations, Emergent Church

Concentrates on Emergent, a philosophy of church leadership and renewal that emphasizes the promise of postmodernity, making relevant use of contemporary culture to contexualize the gospel in the new era. Also features a contrasting movement, Evaluating Emergent, that warns against the perils of postmodernity. Emergent is often viewed as an expression of Missional, and in contrast to the Church Growth philosophy.

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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies, Missional 

References a series of guides that describe the missional philosophy in detail. Links to guides in Theology of Mission, Missional Communities, Missional Strategies, and Missional Lifestyle.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Missional Resources for Church Leaders - Index

References a series of guides that describe the missional philosophy in detail. Links to guides in Theology of Mission, Missional Communities, Missional Strategies, and Missional Lifestyle.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Missional Resources for Church Leaders - Missional Philosophy

This is one of several Philosophies of Church Leadership and Renewal, which include Missional (this essay), and the separate essays on Church Growth, Emergent/Evaluating Emergent, and other Missionally Responsive Trajectories, each of which is linked in the guide, Church Leadership and Renewal - Index to Resources. The Missional Movement reflects a unique understanding of church leadership and renewal. In would be inaccurate to describe it as an approach or method. Missional is a theological and philosophical orientation that informs all one does. This guide features resources that describe this orientation. It includes early generative works by Darrell Guder and Craig Van Gelder, as well as more recent guides by Alan Roxburgh, Reggie McNeal, Robert Webber, Eddie Gibbs, and others.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Missional Resources for Church Leaders - Theology of Mission 

Biblical foundations have always been important to effective ministry. The recent missional/emergent conversations, however, have brought theological concerns to the forefront, using terms such as missional, missio Dei, etc. For those versed in traditional understandings of ministry, these terms are relatively new. But they have been used in the study of missions for decades. This guide lists resources on missiology, or theology of mission, that arise out of the understanding that churches in Westernized cultures are marginalized, and must renew their grasp of Scripture’s teaching on the mission of God. It includes historical overviews of how Christians have articulated mission, as well as proposals and formulations from several different orientations - Missio Dei, Resurgent Reformed, Convergent With Attractional, Convergent With Conventional, as well as those that are more broadly Evangelical.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Missional Church Resources - Missional Communities

This Ministry Resource guide focuses on various proposals as to how missional churches should be conceived, designed, and sent into their ministries. Missional communities come in several varieties. This guide is limited to some of the more common forms - Missio Dei, Organic, Resurgent Reformed, Convergent, etc. Authors include Ed Stetzer, David Fitch, Michael Frost, Alan Hirsch, Frank viola, Neil Cole, Mark Driscoll, Mark Liederbah, Jim Belcher, Dave Ferguson, David Platt, and others.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Missional Church Leadership Strategies

Missional strategies are theoretically as numerous as the contexts in which they are implemented. Several strategic methods are listed in this guide. Most are divided according to author so as to preserve the coherence of each approach. I also suggest looking at the strategies for developing established churches in the Ministry Resource Guide on “Church Leadership and Renewal.”

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Missional Resources - Lifestyle, Discipleship, Spirituality

A major emphasis in the missional conversation is that all of life should be subsumed under the mission of God (missio Dei). This involves the abandonment of dichotomies such as sacred-secular and clergy-laity. Instead, all persons are ministers who take seriously the call of God in all walks of life. A key is seeing life through the eyes of Jesus, adopting the same incarnational life, “taking up dwelling” in and among the world to make a transformational kingdom impact. This guide lists resources that reflect this understanding. Special sections look at Missional Spirituality of Work and Spirituality of Life Calling.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Missional Perspectives 02, Emergent Church

This guide concentrates on Emergent, a philosophy of church leadership and renewal that emphasizes the promise of postmodernity, making relevant use of contemporary culture to contexualize the gospel for the era. Also features contrasting movement, Evaluating Emergent, that warns against the perils of postmodernity. Emergent is often viewed as an expression of Missional, and in contrast to the Church Growth philosophy..

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Thursday
Jan132011

Missional Perspectives 03, Missio Dei Definition, Contribution

This essay explains the concept of missio Dei (mission of God), especially as used in the current missional conversation. It shows how Missional is distinct from Emergent, Traditional, and Attractional perspectives. It offers a definition, and describes how the concept of missio Dei broadens our understanding of Christian mission. The next two articles, Missional Perspectives 04 and 05, discuss how to keep this in proper perspective.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Missional Perspectives 04, Missio Dei Observations

This is a continuation of Missional Perspectives 03, Missio Dei, Definitions and Contributions. This article offers five of seven interpretive principles: 1) Keep enthusiasm for Missio Dei in perspective; 2) Avoid theological and moral compromise; 3) Stress the importance of the church in God’s economy; 4) Uphold the importance of individual salvation; 5) Acknowledge the full wealth of Scripture relative to the atonement.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Missional Perspectives 05, Missio Dei Observations Continued

This is a continuation of Missional Perspectives 03-04. Article 03 explained the meaning of Missio Dei. Article 04 offered five of seven interpretive principles. This article expresses the last two principles: 1) Honor the breadth of Christian mission; 2) Be sure to use Missio Dei in a way that actually encourages mission.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Missional Perspectives 07, Must We Respond to Postmodernism?

Most of the missional conversation is fueled by the idea that the church must in some way respond to the shifts interhent in postmodernity. This essay tries to balance that perspective with the reality that not all missional contexts are immersed in the postmodern ethos, and that we must exercise care in our assumptions.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Missional Perspectives 08, Evangelism

This article is still under construction