Rob Lewin speaks

Big man with a big voice. When he speaks, everyone listens.
” . . . the UK is 10 or 15 years ahead of the US in doing and experiencing “emergent” stuff. It will also probably develop and grow better than in the states. Why? Because so many young passionate believers in the states will opt for the accepted route in ministry.
Rob Lewin, link found on Maggie’s site.


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Stephen Said says:

    Hey Skinny,
    Long time reader first time commenter. Often think about the US, UK, Oz trilateral. Has the emergent scene in the US really broken out of attractional? What is the dynamic of such a Christo/religious envoronment on the Emergent scene? Is it defined by a missional ethos/identity?
    Didn’t have much time in the UK last time I got there. Had similar thaughts, particularly around the UK scene being wedded to the alt.worship movement.
    So, been musing on the Oz scene. What are our issues? What are we wedded to? In so many respects, the Oz scene is far more secular (founded by Deists, not Christians) than the UK or US per capita, not necessarily in intensity, but then again, that varies from hotspot to sugar trail.
    Nuff ranting…

  • Andrew,
    Thanks for turning me on to this conversation. I’m a yank who spent three years at Regent College in Vancouver B.C. After returning to the States, I quit the pastoral merry-go-round, detoxed from church for a year and have now fully returned to my emergent roots.
    My wife and I are now living as missionaries in the greater Seattle-Tacoma metroplex. I can definitely back up the quote you picked. It is hard to resist the temptation of the easy way and still remain in the system. But there are those of us who do it.
    I still retain my ordination with the AG and am working to ignite an emergent community. I even sent a formal proposal (LOL) to our Church Planting committee. Most of my peers do not even know about the emergent thing. Several even think that I have forsaken my calling and the church.
    I tend to think that the emergent scene in the States will develop differently than over the pond and yet be just as vibrant. It may even be more beneficial in the long run. It will take longer to become “mainstream” which should temper it from being co-opted by its own success and popularity.
    Enjoy your holiday!
    Darren Davenport

  • rob lewin says:

    thanks for the connect!
    And the comment!
    where are you headed this summer.
    Were still trying to find a way to Greenbelt

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