The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America



Some words related to the emerging church


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.

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Ancient/future Orthodoxy:

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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