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Emergent Church

Emergents are made up of a loose coalition of churches that formed during the late 1990s that now are called the "emerging church".  There is no formal organization because emergents are very skeptical of power and its structures.  Emergents have the following characteristics (some taken from David Wells, "The Courage to Be Protestant", 2008, Earmand's, p. 15-18 ).  

Conversing Together:

  • are about deconstruction
  • skeptical of power and its structures

Being Open:

  • places an emphasis on practice over orthodoxy
  • postmodernism over modernism - changing to adapt to today's postmodern culture
  • emphasize narrative over propositional truth
  • views truth and theology as "flexible" and always changing

Emergent Studies: