Next-Wave Starts its Tenth Year

Next-Wave starts its tenth year this month. Its weird because way back in 1999, Rogier Bos, or “Ro” (as he likes to be called) interviewed Doug Pagitt and I for a Next Wave article when we were in Southern California. And here I am, in Amsterdam, asking Ro about Next Wave.

NewheaderNext-Wave is older than The Ooze and has more informative articles on and by the emerging church than any internet publication I know. It was the brainchild of Charlie Wear but it took a Dutchman with some web-savvy to give it life. Ro ran Next-Wave in the early days but was called back to the Netherlands where he ended up with Christian Associates, a Netherlands based Christian mission that starts churches in emerging culture.

Next Wave went back to Charlie Wear and later on, Bob Hyatt jumped in to help it along. In 2005 I was asked to present a paper to a number of American organizations and foundations regarding the emerging church. I googled the heck out of the blogosphere for articles and Next-Wave consistently came up with the goods. I would say its the leading online mag for the emerging church and certainly the longest running. Its a great resource.

Over the years I have contributed a few articles, most of them in an untimely fashion, but Charlie tells me that my article “Buffy the Backside Slayer” (2002) was the favorite article ever on Next-Wave. I read it over again today. I had to laugh about the bit where i say I would wait on the colon cleansing tea because last week I finally took my first toxic fast and drank nothing but colon-cleansing tea for a few days. I guess my body is joining the revolution.

Anyway, happy tenth! May you have ten more.


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.


  • david says:

    TSK, thanks for the great resources and for broadening our US perspective on what the emerging church really means.

  • Charlie Wear says:

    Hey Andrew,
    Thanks for the kinds words…It must be almost time for another article for Next-Wave…By the way…Next January will be the tenth anniversary! This is the start of our tenth year…You know how us baby boomers are, we love to celebrate our milestones…:)

  • andrew jones says:

    ahhhh. sorry. i didnt read the email carefully enough.
    i guess there is still time for me to write something.
    i will edit the post now to reflect that its the tenth anniversary next jan and not this jan.

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