Super Überblick über Emerging Church

Wer sich mal ausführlich und sachlich über die sog. „Emerging Church Bewegung“ informieren will, dem empfehle ich einen Artikel von Scott McKnight in ChristianityToday: Five Streams of the Emerging Church.

McKnight nimmt die Definition von Eddie Gibbs and Ryan Bolger zur Grundlage seiner Ausführungen:

Emerging churches are communities that practice the way of Jesus within postmodern cultures. This definition encompasses nine practices. Emerging churches (1) identify with the life of Jesus, (2) transform the secular realm, and (3) live highly communal lives. Because of these three activities, they (4) welcome the stranger, (5) serve with generosity, (6) participate as producers, (7) create as created beings, (8) lead as a body, and (9) take part in spiritual activities.

Dann führt er sehr präzise die fünf Strömungen, die zu einem großen See der „Emerging Church Bewegung“ zusammenfließen.

Diese Ströme sind nach McKnight:

1. prophetisch (oder zumindest provokativ)
2. postmodern
3. praxisorientiert
4. post-evangelikal und
5. politisch

4 Antworten zu “Super Überblick über Emerging Church

  1. Good, I like your link between theology and life. But I wonder if there has to be a choice between information and transformation – maybe they need to go together, but just in a new configuration. For real transformation to be taking place we have to count on true information.

  2. And I think, that´s the point in the Emerging Churches (EC)(at least those I’m in touch with), to link the BIG theological systems (which they are really interested in) with the real life. It´s not about information, it´s about transformation. And transformation allways includes chaos. That’s why many Christians are uncomfortable with EC…

    Thank You, Jacob.

  3. Thanks for this post. My German is not very good (French/English are better). Might we add to the practices of the emerging church, the need for a greater connection between what we say and what we do? Living spirituality, for the sake of Christ, calls us to greater credibility along these lines.

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