These ELCA-affiliated ministries build community with face-to-face and virtual interaction—connecting across all areas of people’s lives.
• Church of the Beloved, Edmonds, Wash.
• House for all Sinners and Saints, Denver.
• Netzer Co-op, Seguin, Texas.
• The Well of Hope Lutheran Church, Pineville & Charlotte, N.C.
• Mercy Seat, Minneapolis.
• Jacob’s Porch, campus ministry at Ohio State University, Columbus.
• Church of the Apostles, Seattle.
• Jacob’s Well, Minneapolis.
• Shekinah Chapel, Chicago.
Other emerging ministries are (or soon will be) under way in: Detroit; Nashua, N.H.; Waterfront, N.J.; San Antonio; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Champlain, Minn.
Often paired with “church,” emerging refers to a conversation among many in the church about how the gospel transforms lives in a postmodern world. The conversation embraces traditions, rituals and practices that have authentic meaning in the context of the community. Emergent describes congregations and people who embody ideas stemming from the emerging conversation.
Spirit Garage, Minneapolis
Participants in the emerging church conversation seek to reclaim practices of ancient Christianity, integrating them with elements of contemporary life and culture. They try to lead lives of authentic discipleship and transform their worship life into a multisensory, transcendent experience. They seek not to be programmatic, consumer-driven or fashioned after corporate organizational models.
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