the divergent churches

lots of books recently published about the church: the emerging church, the connecting church, the contagious church, the emotionally healthy church, the equipping church, the ripple church, the liquid church, the eternal church, the very large church, the market-driven church, the cell church, the church of irresistible influence, church for the unchurched, rediscovering church, faking church, Escaping from Church, Inc., leading the team-based church, the dishonest church, the naked church (real title), and the best-selling Purpose Driven Church [I won’t even bother linking to for the 5% referral], and then all the still growing buzz about the emergent church..

with some 3,000 denominations and sects in the US alone, and over 30,000 denominations and sects in the world, what’s a couple more, number 3,001 and 3,002?

my sense of things is the church on the whole are diverging, that people are moving towards several gravitational pulls: yes, many seem to be clamoring for emergent churches (but reality is, they aren’t magically mushrooming, and probably even harder to get off the ground — see previous entry), so that’s one of them that’s on the innovative margins, but there’s also magnet pulls towards these (you can Google for the supporting data): fundamentalist churches, reformed churches, Orthodox churches, megachurches, and deinstitutionalized house churches.. quick possible explanation: people are picking their favorite-century church, be it 1st century, patristic period, 10th century, 16th century, 19th century, or 20th century..

not to mention the de-churched, one estimate upwards of 55% of born agains are de-churched.. plus, I hear of burned out Christians nowadays, don’t recall reading any burn out phenomena in older Christian books; what is it that churches are doing to its people?

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  1. Elijah says:

    yeah, all this church talk is really confusing to me too. I’ve stopped talking about the emerging church and the postmodern world view of late, because it only adds to the clutter. I think people just need to stop talking so much and lets see more action 🙂

  2. andre daley says:

    Seems that we are doing a whole lot of de-constructing and not reconstructing anything in its place. what is it that can pull people of faith and spiritually searching people together in a world that is very fragmented?

    I’m beginning to wonder if the emerging church is devolving into just another segment of the church? Does it have legs as a broader movement.

    mosaic life

  3. Chris says:

    I think the key to all of this post modernism and emergent, divergent churches is to find something that we connect with, and put into PRATICE. As with all theory, its easy to talk about it, but at the end of the day, thats all it is, a bunch of talk, or in this case, a niche in Christian books sales. 😉 As with all theories and denominational laws and dogmas. There is a bit of truth, something that can speak to you, and open your eyes to new possiabilites. The thing is, will you put THAT into pratice? Our church has adopted many of the ideas coming out of the so called “post-modern” church. Why? because they are relevant, and they reach people of a “post-modern” generation. We remain, however, the same church we have always been, because our goal and focus is the un-chruched,…and that will never change. I choose to look at post modernism as maybe Paul would…. I am Greek to the Greeks, Hebrew to the Hebrews, Gentile to the Gentiles… Post-modern to those who are now “post modern”~