Jesus Freaks, Emerging Church and 2007

Mirko from Jesus Freaks just sent me the NEW and FINAL DATES for Freakstock: 26th – 29th July, 2007

Fsericanddavid-1Did you know that there are 35 videos from Freakstock Festival on YouTube? None of them from my seminar, mind you. In case you were wondering about my talk on the emerging church history in Germany, the book I was quoting from was by the West German Johannes Baptist Metz entitled “The Emergent Church” (English version, 1981)

I thought Freakstock 2006 rocked and our Global Roundtable for Emerging Church had about 70 leaders from 24 countries! We will be doing that again next year. Trevor M. from Canada [who now has a blog] is already asking around for resources to pull it off.

The Jesus Freaks rock and I love their history. A bunch of teenagers in the early 90’s from the punk culture find Jesus. They had no money but HUGE hearts for God. A few years later there are 100 churches around Germany. A festival starts and grows to 8000 people. And yet many people have never heard of them because:

– this is Germany and not USA

– they are too theologically sound to be controversial

– they haven’t written any books in the English language, or none that i am aware of

– they are shy about using the word “emerging church”. Mirko says they are just . . “church”

But you should be aware of them. And if you get the chance, come on over to Freakstock 2007 And check out some related festivals:

Poland: SLOT festival 11th – 15th July

Czech Republic: Freakfest 21st – 24th June

Italy: Rock the Rock [no dates yet but maybe late June)

UK: Destruction Festival [no details yet]

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6 Comments

  • These are good points Andrew. I think that has to do with our mentality and culture. Many christian people do not feel very comfort with this “amarican-anointed-spiritual-self-advertaising”. At least, that is where i am always struggling with the amarican culture. If you read there ads and stuff it seems they live in constant revival. On the other side, this leads to the fact, that many gifts that are in our Country are simply not heard or overheard. Or we are in a box. I just finished reading Philip Yanceys book “Whats so amazing about Grace”. Its a good book BUT, why does he need to take so many examples from the second world war? He could have found the same examples in the US history (indians, slavery, Black/White people. He mentions these issues but not that detailed. Then he goes on, that amarican christians tend to see Germany and Europe as countries that needs to to evangelized again. Right. But again… HELLO????

  • Hey Andrew,
    Quick question re: Freakstock. Would a guy like me, who is regrettably too ugly an American, be able to get anything out of the experience without an ability to understand/speak German? Is there enough content – especially during the Global Roundtable – in English to warrant a trip from Seattle?
    Thanks

  • yeah – lots of english translation for almost everything. i cant speak german and i have been 3 times with my family
    roundtable is invitation only and network leaders are voted in. but there is an application process

  • Two dear friends of ours at our YWAM base last spring are part of Jesus Freaks in their home country of Germany.
    They were an awesome couple, and told us many stories about their involvement with Jesus Freaks. I wish I could drop by the 2007 event — I’d probably run into them again!

  • @all:
    we startet last year with our “international” way of life at all mettings – like willow freak or freakstock. all stuff from the stage is translatet direktly from the stage in english – so you´ll could enjoy everything =) …
    … so – see you maybe at freakstock =)

  • Freakstock absolutely rocks!
    Andrew, I’d be grateful if the link for Destruction Fest could point to http://www.destructionfest.co.uk which the website we use to announce any details regarding the festival.
    We are starting to get going with that one. The only thing I can pretty much say is that we’re looking to move it earlier in the year so as not to clash with all the events that go on in the Summer.
    Cheers

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