Baptists and the Emerging Church

This month is my last as Consultant for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Its been a fantastic 6 years and we have accomplished a lot with a little. I am preparing a final report for the BGCT and will also submit it to the SBC, IMB and NAMB for their information. If you dont know what those letters stand for, dont worry. If you do, you might be interested in tracking with me over the next week as I blog my thoughts here in in preparation of the final Boaz report of the impact of Baptists on the emerging church scene over the last decade.


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" :-)


  • Will watch this with interest, Andrew. Interested in the wider participation/interface/discussion of emerging issues among the Baptist crowd.

  • That’s quite a task to take on — evaluating 10 years of ministry in the emerging church. I’ll be watching, reading and praying for this report.

  • I am very familiar with the acronymns and thus am very interested in your report. Any idea when that’ll be posted here, so I can know when to be looking for it?

  • I’ll be very interested in this, because I was in a fundie-type SBC church in TX when the BGCT/SBT split happened. At that time (when I was an impressionable 20yr old) I was told that churches who stayed in the BGCT were “liberal” and pro-homosexual. In retrospect, while I still appreciate many things about the leadership in my old church, I wonder if perhaps that was a mis-characterization. My parents are now members of a cowboy church affiliated with BGCT and I’m a pastor’s wife in an SBC church in another state. So I’m looking forward to what you have to say here.

  • and of course, don’t forget those of us (read: me) whom you introduced to BGCT after forging your way from California to Texas in the old white van. would we have necessarily ended up so connected with the particular wings of the emerging thing without your initial plug-in for us there in Texas?
    meanwhile, hip-hip-hooray for all that Boaz has been and meant … well done, friend Andrew! looking forward to your historical review…

  • As a 29 year old who grew up in SBC agency and church circles, now barely on its fringes, I’m interested in your report. I’ve pretty much lost all hope in this structure. Perhaps you might kindle some hope. Perhaps not.

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