Where Did the 'Emergent Church' Emerge From?

WARNING: Ignoring the following information may be hazardous to your spiritual health, and choosing to do nothing with this knowledge may grieve the Holy Spirit and cause regret; but taking action may strengthen your faith. Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. (Jude 1:3-4).

The Emergent Church is a movement of the late 20th and early 21st century that crosses a number of theological boundaries: participants can be described as evangelical, post-evangelical, liberal or post-liberal, reformed, neo-charismatic, and post-charismatic. The first time the words, emergent church were used is hard to pin down, but it was most likely in the mid 1990s. Emergents seek to live their faith in what they believe to be a Postmodern society. It is a rapidly growing network of individual believers and churches who would prefer to be understood as a conversation or a friendship rather than an organization. What those involved mostly agree on is their disdain and disillusionment with the organized and institutional church.

The Emergent Church favors the use of simple story and narrative. Member ...

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