Olgavaro Bastos Jnr (from Brasil) and I are the two Emerging Church people giving presentations next week in Johannesburg. I have mentioned Olgavaro before. The Tribal Generation website is still all in Portuguese, but there will be an English translation soon. Both of us will be talking about church planting movements in the emerging culture.
We will be addressing the Global Associates of DAWN International. This meeting was supposed to be in Colombia but the Africans had trouble with their visas so the venue was changed to Joburg, South Africa.
DAWN Ministries International was started by 2 Latinos and an American. It is currently headed up by Ngwiza Mnkandla, of Zimbabwe. Ngwiza is a great guy. He told me once that the postmodern question is a very relevant one for African churches, in particular because the modern church introduced to them by Scottish missionaries could not deal with the demonic or the supernatural with its Enlightenment mentality. It will be interesting to hear stories of the new movements in Africa and to see what shape they are taking.
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definitely true that you don’t have to convince anyone here of the supernatural. however, i find that most people in SA aren’t yet convinced that the conventional (modern) church isn’t the solution. so emerging church conversation is limited to a small minority. sad, because so many of the basic assumptions of africans and postmoderns are the same (i.e. not modern), yet there is a lack of exploring HOW together.
Ja, our task, Arthur, is to figure out how we can bring both elements of the conversation together. Next year Amahoro is meeting in East Africa to talk about post-colonial church. We need to be doing a similar kind of thing here – any suggestions?
Plus, I don’t know if you’re going to be at the DAWN conference but I’m keen to drop in and hear Andrew’s talk. He’s also keen to get some guys together for coffee to talk about the emerging church, so I’ll let you know anything as soon as I know 🙂
Andrew, give my best to Ngwiza if you see him. It’s great to hear about the work you are doing with DAWN. Safe travels to Joburg.