We survived 10 Years of Emerging Church!

Our family are working on a book that captures the moments of our last 10 years of trekking around the world, seeing what God is doing, and sometimes being involved with building foundations for new things. The book will be handmade and will have much of our poetry, stories, recipes (pizza) and our best images.

Want to buy the book? It will be around $10 – send me an email

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Last night we were ripping up old boarding tickets and receipts from all kinds of countries, to be mashed up into a rough pulp and used for the cover of the book. My kids are really into it. They started immediately after we talked about it last night – writing songs and collecting the best of their poems.

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August 1995 was the month (I think) that we moved to San Francisco and began loving the street kids and weird looking young people in the Haight Ashbury district. Those who came off drugs and got sorted out forced us to rethink they way we wanted to do church – thus our journey with emerging church began. Ten years later, we don’t have all the answers, but we have seen a lot and learned a lot. I hope the book celebrates that journey and the many friends we have met on the way. If you are interested in buying the book when it is finished, let me know and i will put you on a mailing list to be notified. I think we will make a limited edition of about 500 copies. The proceeds will go towards our furlough back to USA – the kids have been away from USA for over 5 years and they really want to go back for a visit.

Another book I am working on is a summary of the emerging church. I know. I know . . i have been writing it for about 3 years. . . but now is the time for me to actually get it into a decent form and put it out.

Interesting thing – the apartment we rented in San Francisco – August 1995 – we handed over to Eric and Linda Bergquist who have used it as their base of operations all the way through the past 10 years. But they are moving out next week and handing the apartment back to the owner.

Andrew

Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name “Precious” :-)

15 Comments

  • Hi Andrew,
    The book sounds great! Rob and I would love to get a copy, and help send you guys on furlough (you deserve it!). Looking forward to perhaps catching up with the Jones clan at Greenbelt? (we’ll be there along with a gang from Sheffield). Would love to buy you a pint! love Abigail

  • hi andrew… i know you don’t know me, but i’ve followed your writing for several years since becomimg aware of the underground railroad. currently, i do their website (which i know is in drastic need of a redesign) and have obviously read your articles for them as well as this blog. anyway, i’d be very interested in a copy of the book. my wife and i are inspired by you and your family.

  • Oooh, count me in for a book! I’m gathering a TSK following out here in the Pacific NW: I’ll see if others might be interested in a copy as well. 🙂

  • We’d love a copy too. We are fairly new (a year)to the formal idea of “emerging”…you know,it’s put a name to the long history of dissatisfaction, lack of connection, etc., ad nauseum. But now we’re hip-deep in it as we are trying to rebirth our church…or possibly plant if the rebirthing fails. Your blog is very refreshing! The book sounds like it would not only be enjoyable, but provide insight for those of us in the trenches. I especially want to hear about your kids’ experiences. We are in the Pacific NW also…hope you’re able to make it up this way!

  • Andrew,
    Long time no talk to. I’d love a copy of your book. I actually have a copy of Godspace 3 or whatever it was called that Brad Sargent wrote with you chronicling your experiences in the Haight. Are Eric and Linda just moving out of that house or are they moving out of the city? I hope it is the former. God bless you and your family.

  • Andrew,
    Long time no talk to. I’d love a copy of your book. I actually have a copy of Godspace 3 or whatever it was called that Brad Sargent wrote with you chronicling your experiences in the Haight. Are Eric and Linda just moving out of that house or are they moving out of the city? I hope it is the former. God bless you and your family.

  • alan
    they are moving to their house just south of SF.
    as for godspace the book – i lost my copy and need to borrow someone’s copy one day to take some quotes from it
    maybe the next time we meet?

  • okay to pre-order at least two copies?
    🙂
    and aug. 1995 sounds ’bout right for moving to sf. i think we met in about may or june …

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