Speaking on Emerging Church in Orkney

Yesterday I preached at Stromness Baptist Church and we looked at Acts 2 and the early church. I brought up the topic of “emerging church” which, although I have been connected with this church and speaking there for nearly 2 years, I have never really mentioned. But I wanted the folk there to be conversant with the emerging church, especially if it turns out to be a significant movement that impacts the churches up here for the better. I chose about 18 books to bring along and either quote from or mention as part of this movement. I added quite a Scottish touch to it – with a strong mention of the Late Late Service in Glasgow (1991) but also weaved in other countries to give a bigger picture regarding the strengths and weaknesses of this movement.

I also mentioned the Co-op we are developing here in Stromness that will take the shape of a community but will look quite different.

After the message, people in the church were able to identify with many of the characteristics of the EC from Gibbs/bBolgers book “Emerging Churches”, especially the shared leadership and move away from celebrity based services and hierarchical pastoral teams. Stromness Baptist is about 3 years old and has chosen to not have any paid professionals or “pastors” but rather be led by a team of elders.

This Wednesday I am hosting an evening with some leaders of the Emerging Church movement. So if you are near the top of Scotland and have some time, come along. Its a free event and we will provide coffee and tea and biscuits. All are welcome, except Methodists and Baptists. Naaaaa . . . just kidding about the Methodists! Heres the skinny:

The Emerging Church Movement: Is it the latest move of the Spirit or just another trendy quick-fix? Or the logical conclusion of missions thinking in the home country? What impact is it making and what are the ramifications? Is the criticism all true? Hear some of the leading voices in UK answer those questions, and other totally unrelated and somewhat trivial questions, from their point of view.

Hosted by the congenial Andrew Jones, an aging blogger of declining significance living in relative obscurity on a remote northern island.

PANEL [with my illustrious guests]:

Jonny Baker, London: emergingchurch.info, co-author of Alternative Worship

Mark Berry, Telford: the “Missionary Man“, Core Community and the neo-monastic movement.

Richard White, Liverpool: Dream, ACUK, missional cells everywhere.

Jim Barker, Oxford: Abbot of an emerging new missional/monastic community

PERSPECTIVES [from our all-wise and ever-venerable grey-haired veterans]:

Bob and Mary Hopkins, Anglican Church Planting Initiatives, Fresh Expressions

Rev’d Canon Chris Neal, Church Mission Society

PARTICIPATION [from our fiercely critical but appreciative audience]
Thats you!

Details: Wednesday July 4th, 2007, 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Stromness Town Hall, Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland. Hosted by Stromness Baptist Church and CMS.

This event will be videotaped for internet. Your participation may cause your face or your comments to be narrowcast on a blog or website.

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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.


  • Cathryn Thomas says:

    yeah well if i could just get this translating gift down like Phillip had- i’d be there!!!!
    Sounds thick and juicy like your Orkney Beef!!
    xo K8

  • Laura says:

    Being in Southern California, USA, I shan’t be there, but glad to see it will be taped. I’m quite interested in the conversation.

  • Brodie says:

    Andrew – I guess I’m nearer to Stromness than a lot o fthe others that read your blog, but alas I’ve other stuff on. Hope the conversation is good, the friendships real and lasting and that what spills from this will have a lasting impact.

  • s. o says:

    about the preaching you did –
    podcast? mp3? video? your notes or some graphic interpretation?
    don’t leave us hanging! 🙂

  • andrew says:

    yeah – i know. just really busy and have not had time to shift it out of garage band. Expect it soon.

  • s.o says:

    great! thanks. make sure we can see the update!

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