Meditations (Web)Church

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Will web churches force even the unwilling to join the emerging “conversation?”

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I recently subscribed to a few blogs from folks who are critics of traditional North American evangelicalism, whatever that is, including Kingdom Grace, which believes “missional and emerging are a spirit-led response to the needed reformation of the church.”

My interest in these oppositional voices got piqued after I read the uproar about Perry’s Unleash comments regarding “missional” churches and his follow-up decision to identify NewSpring as part of the “emerging” church movement.

This blog post on The Future of the Church caught my eye because, coming from a non-church and non-ministry background, I don’t think I realized quite how “embryonic” web church ecclesiology currently is, and free of church politics, so far.

I found myself nodding a lot as I was reading. And wondering how the “traditional or “new traditional” church may be forced to join the emerging conversation because of web efforts.

Especially this:

[In the future landscape of the church, those churches that survive will be the ones that reprioritize their existence to the building of the kingdom of God rather than their own kingdoms.. [believers] been released to demonstrate the kingdom … message of redemption and reconciliation out of the church building and into the streets and avenues of the world … Millions of average believers are taking responsibility for their role in ministry

(I also found myself wondering what the implications of some statements really were, especially in talk of a “narrative view” of scripture, end times that are the “fulfillment of life on earth as it is in heaven” and the unity in Jesus to include “the voice of the other.” (To borrow a phrase from scripture, “let the reader understand.”)

Here are some interesting thoughts I’d like to highlight:

  • On redefining the gospel: “We realize that salvation and the gospel of the kingdom is a message of redemption that includes but also surpasses a one-time decision”
  • On redefining the church: “will be expanded to acknowledge and include forms outside of traditional institutions as legitimate and valid expressions of the Body of Christ.
  • On the kingdom of God (via Frank Viola via Hal Miller) Christianity is culturally relevant when it offers a qualitatively different society. Jesus called it “the kingdom of God … Imagine a group of people gathering to help each other in the common task of seeing God’s kingdom incarnated in their work, in their families, in their towns, in their world, in their midst, and (rather than only) in their individual lives.”
  • On redefining structures: (Via Jason Clark) “Will churches be able to restructure in a way that releases rather than collects and consumes resources? In the future church, the net flow of time, money, and other resources will be outward rather than inward. ””
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Written by NickCharalambous

March 23, 2009 at 2:11 pm

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  1. I’m just beginning to read Frank Viola’s Reimagining Church… I haven’t read much yet but coming from an Anglican church which has more red tape and bureaucracy than you can shake a stick at. It is refreshing to think of a church than can truly be biblical.

    If a web church can start the chain reaction of breaking from the over-organised structure of Church then even more reason!

    Nathan Edwards

    March 23, 2009 at 2:44 pm


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