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 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.


  • slomo says:

    Dan Phillips at Pulpit Magazine has done the best synopsis of the emergent church I have yet to read Here.

  • 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.

  • blind beggar says:

    Andrew: Did you read the Anthony Stiff paper and if so, do you have any thoughts on it?

  • i read it quickly but enough to recommend it here – i like the jesus people connection which many people miss.
    how bout you?

  • hamo says:

    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?!!

  • not nearly as much, even though many countries have been doing it longer.

  • 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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