The Collaborative Future of Jesus Manifesto

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : October 4, 2007

The more that I think about it, the more I like the idea of making Jesus Manifesto collaborative.  I’ve also thought about what I’d like Jesus Manifesto to be.

I want Jesus Manifesto to continue in the same direction in the following ways:

  • I want the general “feel” of Jesus Manifesto to remain the same: a blog focused on the Church as counter-culture.  Specifically, the Jesus Manifesto explores how we can be faithful to Jesus and his radical path in the American Empire.
  • I want it to continue to have an ecclesial emphasis.  In other words, my goal has always been to encourage us in our communal faith, not to give individualized tips for personal edification.
  • I want it to continue to balance praxis and theory.  I’ve always sought to balance ethics and theology, academics and practicality.
  • I want it to continue to embrace, or at least be highly sympathetic, to the peace tradition of the Anabaptists. 
  • In all things, I want the Jesus Manifesto to be about Jesus.  And about the ways in which he has called us, his followers, to manifest the Kingdom of God in our world.

But I’d like some things to change:

  • I would like more content, a greater diversity of perspectives, and a deeper, interdisciplinary approach.
  • I would like Jesus Manifesto to become less about me and more about a particular vibe.
  • I commented to one potential co-blogger that it would be great if the Jesus Manifesto could serve as a beach head for the “Hauerwas Mafia.”  Within the emerging church conversation, the Hauwerwas Mafia is what Tony Jones calls those emerging folks that tend to affirm the teachings of Yoder and Hauerwas.  Though I was being tongue-in-cheek, I do think that this blog could serve to gather a handful of voices to sing together a song about Jesus and his radical way of peace.  With a shared voice, we can be heard more clearly.  And the conversation will be richer for it.

If you resonate with the above, and are someone who can blog in a somewhat consistent manner, let me know.  Send an email to mark [at]  I’ve already had a number of people express willingness to be a part of this.  Now you know a bit about what I’m looking for.  And if you haven’t already been writing things that would fit on Jesus Manifesto, then I don’t think now is the time for you to start doing so here. 

I would like to have a few collaborators who can commit to write weekly (or more), and a handful of other bloggers who will write at least every-other week.  All content must be original.  Don’t double post. 

What’s in it for you?  I get solid traffic.  If we do this right, traffic will increase.  And together we’ll have a voice that will help foster healthy dialogue on the blogosphere.  I’ll change the “about Mark” section to a “authors” section. 

As most of you may know, I’m working on a book project called “the Jesus Manifesto.” In a couple weeks, I hope to submit a formal proposal to Baker Books.  One way or another, this book will get published.  And when it does, the blog traffic will grow even more.  I’d really love, at that time, for there to be a blogging community that can foster meaningful dialogue. 

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5 Responses to “The Collaborative Future of Jesus Manifesto”

  1. James on October 4th, 2007 11:19 pm

    I am intrigued by the idea of a collaborative blog. I have been blogging for a couple of years, so I am not new to the potential this form of expression has for getting a message out there. Maybe you can email me and we can discuss some of the details to see if we would match up well in this type of endeavor.

  2. Anna on October 5th, 2007 10:44 am

    Hauerwas Mafia….chortle, snicker, snort!

    Maybe I am part of The Family….

  3. Greg Schultz on October 17th, 2007 10:25 am

    nice. good call on all this mark. im excited to see where this goes. much love, see you around.


  4. Greg on October 22nd, 2007 10:35 am !!!!!!

  5. Mark Van Steenwyk on October 22nd, 2007 10:38 am

    Hey Greg. Glad to see that y’all have a website now!

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