Posts Tagged ‘Denominations’

By Kristy Harding
The Ooze posted an incredibly interesting interview with Phyllis Tickle yesterday called, “Beyond Denominations, the Hyphenated Church.” In it she posits that the Protestant denominations are like the Church in Jerusalem and the emergence is like the Church in Antioch, and the Protestant denominations have the obligation to bless the emergence like the Church in Jerusalem passed the torch to the Church in Antioch.

Of course, we don’t know what is actually going to happen, but she presented several alternative models of what the response could be.

Here are theories she posited–with names I made up for ease of discussion:

The Ring Model: With a group of “hyphenated emergence Christians” within the denominations being on the periphery of the larger emergence movement.

Protestant Leaders in Diaspora Model: A movement of Protestant leaders streaming into the emergence movement and bringing the charisms of their native denominations to the emergence and influencing it.

The Good Fences Make Good Neighbors Model: The emergence and Protestantism exist side-by-side like Protestantism and Catholicism do now.

While it’s possible that these models are the wave of the future, I believe that all of these models are happening simultaneously right now.



A Thank You Note to the Emergent Church

Posted: October 15, 2008 by Matt Horan in ReEmergent Church
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By Matt Horan

     In the not too distant future, Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Catholics, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Nondenominational megachurches and other friends may owe the Emergent Church a nice “thank you” card.

Dear E.C.,

     Thanks so much for chatting not long ago.  Sorry it took so long to get our attention, but we’re so glad you did.  Who would have thought that a simple conversation could yield so much fruit?  We were just walking along as we always had, when all of a sudden, (more…)