cohort meeting this thursday: the emerging church as reform movement

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : November 14, 2006

The Twin Cities Emergent Cohort will meet on Thursday, November 16th at 12 noon at the Acadia Cafe.

For this month’s meeting, we will discuss what it is that the “emerging” church hopes to reform and how we can lead people to see the need for these reforms. The emerging church is, some would argue, a reform movement within the church. In the past 10 years, communities have been popping up that want to challenge church-as-usual and re-envision what it means to be and do church. What are some of the ways that the emerging church wants to challenge the status-quo? How can we help folks see the need for this challenge?

If you are near Minneapolis, please come. Invite others. Live the dream. ;)

Mark Van Steenwyk is the editor of He is a Mennonite pastor (Missio Dei in Minneapolis), writer, speaker, and grassroots educator. He lives in South Minneapolis with his wife (Amy), son (Jonas) and some of their friends.

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    i'm missing you in the most manly way possible right now.
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    Hmmm...what is the most manly way possible? Is that missing me while eating beef jerky and drinking scotch while smoking a pipe?
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    Will there be any discussion of what emergent can do to be constructive?
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    Yes, I'd certainly hope so. I don't know many emerging church leaders who are still in the "I'm pissed off and want to deconstruct the church" phase, so I'd imagine there will be a balance of deconstruction and construction going on.

    An example of a reform is the way that the emerging church has challenged mainstream evangelicals to care about social justice. There is both a challenge and a call to action within this sort of reform. However, many church folks see issues like the environment, worker rights, etc. as secondary issues. The emerging church is more likely to see them as essential issues. So the question is, how can emerging leaders help folks see the need for change? Other issues could be how one understands the Gospel, how one "does" evangelism, and how one engages culture.


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