Emerging church Papers

– Another paper on the Jesus movement and emerging church. This time by Anthony Stiff. [heres the PDF]
– Brett Kunkle’s PDF “Essential Concerns Regarding the Emerging Church”. Roger Overton has a summary and Tony Jones has responded to Brett.

– Marc Van der Woude has a collection of articles and blog posts.


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" :-)


  • thanks slomo that synopsis is helpful but i hope readers do not assume the emerging church is a 5 year old american movement, and view “missional” as being simply outreach minded. we are talking about something much older and deeper and wider here – an international missional movement that has resulted in thousands of new churches among the emerging culture over the past 20 years. i am hoping more critics treat it that way and see the bigger picture.

  • I only skimmed Kunkle to see the breadth of his research and sadly like so many it was all focused on the US.
    Is there any non-Us centric stuff out there?!!

  • Blind Beggar one question I had while writing that paper was how global the Jesus People Movement was? And if it was global how did it get that way? These are things my paper could be improved by. You’ll notice that the thrust of the paper is to answer two questions – was the Jesus Movment a fad, which I said a qualified yes but mentioned that its influenced a new social paradigm for counterculture Evangelical movments to be accepted within; but then I asked another question was it an authentic American Faith (Mark Noll’s work was a major dialogue partner for me here) – I said an unqualified yes.
    That’s it in a nutshell, definitely room to improve it 🙂
    Andrew thank you for posting it and for providing me with a good and interesting connection to the Emerging Churches – blessings, Tony

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