Who’s To Blame for the Emerging Church Movement (Hint: Evangelicals)

Ever wonder why emerging churches look like youth rooms? (Photo of Solomon's Porch, copyright Courtney Perry (used with permission)

I had the good fortune of presenting a paper last weekend at the Association of Youth Ministry Educators — the academic guild for those who study and teach youth ministry.  My paper, a version of which will appear in the next issue of Immerse Journal, was entitled, “Youth Ministry as the Inspiration and Site of Relational Ecclesiology.”  (Sounds mighty academic, huh?)

At academic conferences, presenting a paper in a non-plenary session actually means summarizing your evidence and thesis in about 30 minutes, and fielding questions for about 30 minutes.  So I spent my time talk about the contours of the emerging church movement, both sociologically and theologically, as developed in my book, The Church Is Flat: The Relational Ecclesiology of the Emerging Church Movement.

Then I said this to the group of largely evangelical youth ministry professionals (believe it or not, it’s mostly evangelical colleges and seminaries that have youth ministry professors): [Read more…]

Church Planters Academy = WOMEN!

This November, I’ll be helping Doug Pagitt host the first-ever Church Planters Academy.  We’re holding it at Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis, and highlighting some of the top church planters over the last decade: Tim Keel, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Bruce Reyes-Chow, Nanette Sawyer, Tim Conder, Don and Pam Heatley and more.

There’s something in that list that I’d like you to pay heed to: we’ve got women church planters, a bunch of them, in fact.

I often hear from people that they’d like to hear from women who have successfully planted churches.  Well, there’s is simply no other place to hear from a collection of women (and men) who’ve planted churches.  All men HERE.  All men HERE.  And I could go on.

But not at CPA!  Our roster is equally men and women.

So come, and learn about what it takes to plant a church and keep it going.  We’ll talk about funding, about leaning into your own gifts, about discerning your call to plant, and about guarding your spirit during the inevitable ups and downs of planting a church.

And, only through this Thursday, save $100 off of registration.  So don’t wait!  Register today!