This is part of a series based on chapters four and five of my new book, The Church Is Flat: The Relational Ecclesiology of the Emerging Church Movement, in which I look at the ecclesiology of German theologian Jürgen Moltmann and put it into conversation with the ecclesial practices of the emerging church movement (ECM). Part One Part Two Part Three
Moltmann has some pretty specific suggestions about what the church should look like.
The church can best be what he is calling it to be, Moltmann argues, if it stays small, mobile, and fluid, avoiding top-heavy bureaucracies and power-hungry individuals. The church can check itself as to whether it is fulfilling this role by always making sure that it is primarily a fellowship of the “godless and godforsaken.” When the church becomes the territory of the elite and the powerful, it has de facto ceased being the church.
Moltmann also writes quite specifically about the sacraments: