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The Emerging Church: Vintage Christianity for New Generations

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  602 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Includes ·Samples and photos of emerging church worship gatherings ·Recommended resources for the emerging church The seeker-sensitive movement revolutionized the way we did church and introduced countless baby boomers to Jesus. Yet trends show that today’s post-Christian generations are not responding like the generations before them. As we enter a new cultural era, what ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 3rd 2003 by Zondervan (first published March 1st 2003)
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Wes Hunter
Jul 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone/christians
in my opinion, this is the best book to read as an introduction to the idea of the emerging church. it lays out the ideas of the post-modern, post-christian culture that the church of the modern era is failing to reach and gives a lot of practical ideas of how to make the emerging church happen. a must-read for any christian who wants to see their faith remain viable for younger generations.
Feb 15, 2011 rated it liked it

This book is written to those in seeker-sensitive churches who have found that the younger generation is not finding their services attractive. His case is built on personal experience of what the postmodern generation is looking for. Some of what he says he feels a little over-trendy (regardless of his protestations to the contrary). However, he does have put forward some very good insights in this book. The book is lim
Todd Luallen
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very engaging and thought provoking. It's interesting to hear what Dan has to say about the culture and what people think about "church." Of all the books I've read about how "church" is organized in America, this book is probably the most surprising and exciting.
Guillermo Jiménez
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cultura, ministerio
Un llamado a replantear la formas en que comunicamos el evangelio a un mundo posmoderno
Andrew Fox
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Kimball's book was not only captivating in content but also in the layout of his material. This was in itself a postmodern approach to written text with multiple suggestions, comments, dialogue and monologue on each page. Divided into two parts Kimball explores deconstructing and reconstructing ministry. The story of his friend `Sky' and how he became a Christian set the pace for part one. Challenging the focus of worship and examining how we arrived here today by quoting the men of Issachar pro ...more
Nov 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
The one thing Kimball does effectively is to blast the shaky foundations of the seeker-sensitive movement; however, the careful reader will note that he does not escape from this morass in practice, as witnessed by the many points at which he seems more concerned by what outsiders/non-Christians would think of the church than he seems concerned with their Christian counterparts. Take for example his reference in Chapter 16 to his "haircut homiletics" sessions with his unsaved hairdresser, during ...more
Jan 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: pastors, church leaders
Recommended to Zachary by: Bill Brown (Seminary Professor)
Shelves: non-fiction
This is quite a challenging book for any traditional pastor. In fact, I think the material presented within would be quite challenging even for pastors of more modern churches. But challenging in a good way. I would encourage every pastor to read this and work through the material within, but maybe read a book like Stott's Cross of Christ or Noel Due's Created for Worship first to get your priorities straight.

The need for having a firm Biblical foundation before reading this book is great becaus
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a mildly dated and basic but helpful book to introduce the emerging church to those who are otherwise unfamiliar with it. The writing style is definitely modern, with organized chapters, charts, and an "us-them" tone, which makes sense, as Kimball is trying to reach those who are not yet aware of the philosophical changes in the (mostly) younger generations who are not coming to their churches. I have read a fair amount about the emerging church, and so far, the content here is consisten ...more
Rachel McKinney
Jun 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Kimball tries really hard with this book. From the "post modern" layout to the writing style, this book is supposedly a definitive apologetic for the "Emergent" movement.

The harder the author tries to explain and explore the concept, the more traditional religious boxes he puts things into, until those readers (like myself) who are involved in what has been labeled the emergent movement do not recognize it, nor want to be associated with what is doomed to be another church program.

Kimball antic
Kessia Reyne
May 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Again: don't judge a book by its cover. This book is less about "the emerging church" as a movement and more about re-approaching church in terms of new/old methodology. Yes, Kimball does try to reshape what you think about "church" and "evangelism," but this isn't a primer on the Christian movement everyone is talking about. It's a simple and fast read: didn't tell me a lot that I didn't already know, however, but I do think it'd be a good book for an old-timer trying to understand these younge ...more
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Divided into two sections, the first section does well at setting the scene for the emerging church and explaining the difference in philosophy and culture between the modern and post-modern generations. The second section talks about the practicalities of doing church in a post-modern world and this is where time has taken its toll. I can see how this would have been radical stuff eight years ago but nowadays most of his suggestions are common place. Perhaps the church has truly emerged after a ...more
Margaret Nahmias
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't see this working in all contexts. He asserts that many post moderns are interested in religions but are put off by Christians. That maybe true for some. But for those who are agressively postmodern I don't see how they are going to believe in the abosulute truths of Christianity when they believe that there is no meaning and contrdiction is normal. And experience comes before belief. However, the first part does give Without heart change, these people will probably fall away too. Therefo ...more
Graham Bates
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wonderful introduction to help Christians understand those who are interested in spiritual things but not how many Christians practice it. He balances critiquing and praising the past well. He stays in the personal realm - shying away from theorizing what people "might" want. Be warned, though, you may see yourself in his descriptions and want more change than others are interested in.
Feb 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Tim Morris
Jul 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
While I didn't always come to the same conclusions as Kimball, I LOVED his approach to uncovering the ancient and holy ways to approach God in our hi-tech, low-relationship world today. Check it out and wrestle with his views... it's good for you.
Michael Brown
Jan 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Attempts to describe post-modernism. Explains how we can embrace people in their culture rather than conforming people to our own culture, without compromising the message of the gospel.
Sep 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith
A very lucid, well-written argument for why and how American Christian churches need to rethink evangelism.
Apr 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book is really good. It really made me think.
Bradly J
Apr 10, 2007 rated it liked it
Good book, but as with any book dealing with church practice and/or doctrine, be sure to read it with your open Bible in your other hand.
Aug 13, 2010 is currently reading it
Picked this up at a garage sale for 50 cents. So far it's interesting.
Cathy Sweeney
Good handbook for those who need to understand the postmodern Christian and what he or she is searching for.
Gary Froseth
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love it when a book gets me thinking about applications for my ministry. This book does that. I have recommended it for congregational leaders.
Oct 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great intro book.
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it
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Dec 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Another good read to challenge your thinking on what worship is. Does it have to be on Sunday morning at 10:45 or can friends gather on Thursday after work?
Big Mike Lewis
Mar 26, 2009 rated it liked it
This was the book to read when being "emerging" or "emergent" was cool. Dan is cool and makes a lot of sense. I am afraid that others have come along and ruined what he and a few others started.
Aug 22, 2008 rated it liked it
This book was like a simple review of a class I took in college.. I enjoyed it but didn't always agree with the stereotyped it gave for the modern and post-modern generations.
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Dan was born and raised in north eastern New Jersey, and got his BS in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University. Dan was a drummer in a rockabilly/punk band for many years and lived in London, England for a year playing in the band. After the band ended, Dan went to Israel and lived there for several months studying the Bible on his own to see whether Christianity was a valid faith, o ...more
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