Xers, brought up in a commercial-saturated culture where everyone is selling something will always be asking, "What's the hidden agenda? What's in it for the one telling me this? What is this really about?"
Radically welcoming communities aren't perfect, and may never truly "arrive," but they are becoming . . .
Is your community one of invitation, inclusivity or radical welcome?
As you practice radical welcome, you join Jesus in stretching your arms and embracing The Other. You share the gifts of your tradition and culture, even as you allow your heart and your congregation's life - its ministries, its identity, its worship, its relationships, its leadership - to be transformed by The Other's presence, gifts and power among you.
From blended to radically alternative worship, from the interest in Celtic worship to the contemporary praise experience of megachurches, from snake-handling to post-Vatican II liturgies, The Worship Mall visits them all.
Congregations are challenged to engage people where their live (physical and virtual communities), build relationships, engage in spiritual conversations, and offer programs and activities that nurture their spiritual growth.
Emerging churches are deeply, profoundly rooted in context. Context is the traditions that have made us who we are. Context is also the local situation.
Wow! The book awakened me to a true convergence of Emerging worship and contemporary aesthetic sensibilities. It’s worship settings go way beyond the tame ideas of theme-based altar decorations popular twenty years ago.
Leaders are taking creative, spirit-filled risks within liturgical, historic churches, loving our traditions enough to bring them to new life in today’s culture.
If the Church is to take seriously the larger context of its universal mission, it needs to note the cultural shifts and current background of life for children and young people, all the while remembering that they are human beings, made in the image of God.
The juxtaposition of these two would-be opposites, popularized by Robert Webber in his numerous writings on the effects of the early church on contemporary worship, describes one important aspect of the emerging church movement.
Messy Church grew out of one church's desire to reach out to those on the fringes of the church community and experience the love of Christ through creativity, fellowship and worship together.