At a meeting last night it was suggested that the church we attend was an emerging church. I nearly choked on the tortilla chips I was eating when I heard this. It’s maybe on its way there, but a long way off at the moment!
I think a lot of people are still very confused about emergent. I don’t want to take part in any picky denomination debate etc; but it is certainly evident that some mainstream churches have come to the conclusion, that a slightly different church service format equates to them being an emerging church.
The trouble is the service may be slightly changed, but the general church ethos doesn’t appear to change. The people are still encouraged to look inwardly at the church building, meetings, encouraged to bring the people in etc rather than a more outward looking approach.
I’m still pondering in my mind over this statement and how bad a job Jonathan and I are obviously doing in communicating to the people where we are. I guess at our old church it was a six year uphill struggle, and we are seeing the fruit from that now. I guess it will be the same here.