First, emerging churches understand discipleship as "following closely and emulating the person and ministry of Jesus."
Second, the emerging churches are pre-eminently missional.
Third, emerging churches are radically incarnational.
A fourth feature of emerging churches is that they are alternative communities.
Fifth, proclamation and teaching in emerging churches finds truth more in biblical narrative than a rational/propositional reading of scripture.
Another area of their enormous contribution to Wesleyanism is in worship, the sixth feature of emerging churches.
The last feature of emerging churches I will highlight is their generous orthodoxy.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Wesley and the emergent church
I'm still trying to get a grasp on this slippery eel known as the emerging church. Sometimes I like it. Sometimes I'm against. Sometimes I think I'm already a part of it. Sometimes I have no idea what it is. Through Jay Voorhees' website, I came across a pretty thorough and thoughtful article called John Wesley and The Emergent Church by Hal Knight. He gives 7 characteristics of the emerging church and tells how he believes Wesleyanism is compatible with it. Here they are: