Goose Dominoes and the Hope of a Movement – Tony Jones

I so vividly remember the late 1990s.  I was working at a church, a theologically-centrist Congregationalist church in Minnesota.  We had a good staff, but I wanted something more than what I was getting in staff meetings.  I wanted the kind of robust theological discussion that I had gotten in seminary, and that just didn’t happen as we debated the coffee policy and discussed how long the “ministry moment” should take in Sunday morning worship.

By fluke or the dint of Providence, I fell in with a group of like-minded schemers who similarly wanted to talk and debate and discuss the very things that I did: theological doctrines, philosophical underpinnings, and radical visions of church and kingdom.  Those were heady days.

As we grew older (and wiser?), we found more and more people who shared our sensibilities, who wanted to think about and practice the Christian faith in a way that was both primitive — without the accouterments of modernity — and leaning into the future.  We envisioned a movement that would reshape Christianity and maybe society.

These days, I sometimes despair of that vision, but more often I am filled with hope that it may, indeed, be gaining traction.

I’m going to Wild Goose because I hope and believe that it will be just like those gatherings of a decade-and-a-half ago, only writ large.  I think Wild Goose is the next domino to fall in the movement that is reshaping the church and society….but, more importantly, reshaping me.

Tony Jones is the author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier and is theologian-in-residence at Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis. He is the author of many books on Christian ministry and spirituality and is a sought after speaker and consultant in the areas of emerging church, postmodernism, and Christian spirituality. Tony has three children and lives in Edina, Minnesota. He is also the proud holder of a freshly-minted PhD. from Princeton. Here are his web coordinates:

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  • Celeste M.

    Tony, You’ve already had the conversations I find myself having now at the end of my seminary experience. Will you pass on more information on how you brought people together for these conversations? Thank you! Celeste

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  • Mike Clawson

    Celeste – one of the ways he (and many others of us) did it was by forming local emergent cohorts ( for regular conversation and to help us find like-minded others. Dozens of them are still going strong. Maybe you can find one in your area, or help start one.

    Personally I find there are so many people out there like yourself who are just now coming to the conversation that Tony and others started over a decade ago. While the Wild Goose may be the latest domino for those of us who have been engaged with it for that long, I am just as excited about the fact that for many others it will be their first introduction to a wider community and the tangible reality that they are not the only crazy ones out there.

  • Steve K.

    Amen, Tony, keep the faith!