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Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures

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The -emerging church- movement is perhaps the most significant church trend of our day. The emerging church offers and encourages a new way of doing and being the church. While it largely resonates with an eighteen-to-thirty-four-year-old audience--the first fully postmodern generation--it is also gaining popularity with older Christians and encompasses a broad array of tr ...more
Paperback, 345 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Baker Academic (first published November 1st 2005)
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Aug 08, 2012 Ryan rated it liked it
Gibbs and Bolger provide a very broad picture of the emerging churches. They find nine commonalities among emerging churches: 1) Identifying with Jesus, 2) Transforming Secular Space, 3) Living as Community, 4) Welcoming the Stranger, 5) Serving with Generosity, 6) Participating as Producers, 7) Creating as Created Beings, 8) Leading as a Body, and 9) Merging Ancient and Contemporary Spiritualities. Not all emerging churches share all commonalities equally, some have some, some have all, and the ...more
Mark Sequeira
The best on the topic so far. This is THE book to get if you want to know where things are going and why. It doesn't waste time on individual practices but stays more along the broad themes that are challenging/changing the church as we know it. It may cause some fearful souls to realize that some of these changes can actually be for the good! The broad topics are listed as: Identifying with Jesus. Transforming secular space. Living as community. Welcoming the stranger. Serving with generosity. ...more
Aug 13, 2009 J rated it really liked it
I don't agree with all of the emergent church stuff, but I think they are at least asking the right questions. This book is heady and dense, but does a good job covering the bases and the breadth of what's going on in the emergent world. A lot of coverage of UK churches, which apparently have been at this longer than the US, but a lot of those stories (about rave churches and coffee house churches and such) don't resonate.
I am still on the fence about whether I totally disagree with emergent th
Graham Bates
Oct 01, 2012 Graham Bates rated it it was amazing
Eddie Gibbs and Ryan Bolger provide a great introduction to the Emerging Church Movement through interviews and observations of Emerging Church leaders in the USA and UK. Although it is not meant to be a how-to for churches to become emergent, their purpose was to help people understand the positive aspects of this movement. They do not intend to be objective but rather descriptive in their method. In this they succeed marvelously.
Carl Amouzou
Very informative in regards to understanding the common threads of Emerging Churches. Although it is meant to be a broad stroke and introduction, the book felt repetitive at times as the multiplicity of voices repeat one another. All in all I found the book very helpful in processing and imagining praxis within my own community.
John Parker
Dec 06, 2008 John Parker rated it liked it
Not too scholarly- a little dated in terms of where some of these people are now and what they are doing. Still, it is must reading for those who in the evangelical community that are suspicious of the emergent/emergence thing.
Matt Mason
Apr 27, 2012 Matt Mason rated it liked it
Not 3 stars because of my agreement. I give it 3 because the writing is a clear representation of the movement. Thoroughly researched. Well written. Heartbreaking. Could also have been titled Adventures in Missing the Point.
Jan 17, 2008 Andrew rated it liked it
Sorry I am so slow on updating my profile. This book had some good thinking in the emerging church, and I would recommend it to those who are trying to learn about the movement. I do think that Joshua Moritz's paper on the need for emerging theology was better...
Dec 01, 2010 Karen rated it liked it
Now I finally understand that Emerging Churches aren't just about 40-year-old pastors with spikey hair and Gap clothes who have kids named Ezra and Damaris. Apparently, that's a Gen X church ;) Really interesting stuff, but I don't think I'm artsy enough to be a part of one.
Job Dalomba
It's good for stories, explaining the emerging church as a supporter but that's about it. I would recommend reading it.
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May 23, 2007 Geoffrey Kerns rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
It's a little textbookish but if you can tolerate that kind of rhythm then it's great. Loaded with some great research and info on current trends within faith communities.
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Eddie Gibbs (DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary) is director of the Institute for the Study of Emerging Churches at the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts and a senior professor in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is the author of numerous books, including Emerging Churches and the critically acclaimed ChurchNext (winner of ...more
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