Emerging Church, The

Emerging Church, The Includes Samples And Photos Of Emerging Church Worship Gatherings Recommended Resources For The Emerging ChurchThe Seeker Sensitive Movement Revolutionized The Way We Did Church And Introduced Countless Baby Boomers To Jesus Yet Trends Show That Today S Post Christian Generations Are Not Responding Like The Generations Before Them As We Enter A New Cultural Era, What Do Worship Services Look Like That Are Connecting With The Hearts Of Emerging Generations How Do Preaching, Leadership, Evangelism, Spiritual Formation, And, Most Of All, How We Even Think Of Church Need To Change The Emerging Church Goes Beyond Just Theory And Gets Into Very Practical Ways Of Assisting You In Your Local Church Circumstances There Is No One Right Way, No Model For Us All To Emulate But There Is Something Better Dan Kimball Calls It Vintage Christianity A Refreshing Return To An Unapologetically Sacred, Raw, Historical, And Jesus Focused Missional Ministry Vintage Christianity Connects With Emerging Post Seeker Generations Who Are Very Open Spiritually But Are Not Interested In Church For Pastors, Leaders, And Every Concerned Christian, Kimball Offers A Riveting And Easy To Grasp Exploration Of Today S Changing Culture And Gives Insight Into The New Kind Of Churches That Are Emerging In Its Midst Included Is Running Commentary By Rick Warren, Brian McLaren, Howard Hendricks, And Others

Dan was born and raised in north eastern New Jersey, and got his BS in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University Dan was a drummer in a rockabilly punk band for many years and lived in London, England for a year playing in the band After the band ended, Dan went to Israel and lived there for several months studying the Bible on his own to see whether Christianity was a valid faith, o

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  • Dan Kimball
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  • 15 April 2017

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  1. says:

    in my opinion, this is the best book to read as an introduction to the idea of the emerging church it lays out the ideas of the post modern, post christian culture that the church of the modern era is failing to reach and gives a lot of practical ideas of how to make the emerging church happen a must read for any christian who wants to see their faith remain viable for younger generations.

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    THE EMERGING CHURCH VINTAGE CHRISTIANITY FOR NEW GENERATIONS BY DAN KIMBALLThis book is written to those in seeker sensitive churches who have found that the younger generation is not finding their services attractive His case is built on personal experience of what the postmodern generation is looking for Some of what he says he feels a little over trendy regardless of his protestations to the contrary However, he does have put forward some very good insights in this book The book is limited to American culture, focusing particularly on the state of things in the liberal West Coast.Deconstructing Postmodern Ministry, Candles, and CoffeeI think that Kimball makes several valid points in this section First, he notes that postmoderns do not come into church with a Judeo Christian worldview that everyone in previous generations was expected to have Instead of being people who would welcome Christianity if they could just be shown how it fits into their life, they are actively anti Christian because of our perceived abuses of power Second, Kimball notes that postmoderns are into spirituality, not presentations His point here is that slick powerpoint presentations and well produced music and drama do not make a worship service that appeals to postmoderns They appreciate community, authenticity, and spirituality Third, postmoderns live in a pluralistic religious society They are much aware of Buddhism, Islam, Wicca, and New Age than their predecessors As such, they are also much wary of Christianity s claims to uniqueness Fourth, postmoderns are not just going to Grow up and come back to church like their parents did This is than a generation gap, it is a world view change He has LOTS of modern versus postmodern comparison charts The gist is that moderns are rational, systematic, propositional, fixed, and individualistic Postmoderns tend to be experiential, fluid, mystical, narratival, and communal FACT The unchurched population of America is the 5th largest mission field on earth Postmoderns tend to be less deterministic about religion, sexual orientation Kimball also marks the trend towards a global culture I would add, a global culture dominated by consumerism How does THAT fit in with postmodernism Most postmoderns are mistrustful of Christians while respecting Jesus Christ They are especially leery of the creepy, consumeristic Christian subculture that we have created Kimball is all about being the church instead of going to church He believes that postmoderns respond much to interaction and the responsibility that comes to them in a kingdom theology Absolutely against the idea of consumer Christianity passive entertainment Christianity.Reconstructing Vintage Christianity in the Emerging ChurchKimball emphasizes the necessity of change from the seeker sensitive model in order to reach the emerging generations He wants worship services that are experiential, Christ centered, communal, and spiritual Organic versus linear Multisensory worship Kimball argues that the incarnation is the ultimate example of God providing multisensory worship for us We should, therefore, continue to recognize that we are multi sensory beings and try to create experiences of worship that involve than just the ears Kimball believes that aesthetics are particularly important to postmoderns The worship space must feel spiritual He advocates the use of candles, dim lighting, and religious iconography symbology to create such an atmosphere This seems a little gimmicky But I do like his though that the people who are leading the worship service should do everything they can to disappear Kimball moves the band to the back of the worship center, creates a very low stage to emphasis the unity of the speaker and the audience, etc People should be allowed to express worship through the arts, both visual and auditory Also advocates male and female speakers up front often, to communicate that we are not male chauvanists Importance of preaching narrative Kimball speaks of theotopical preaching This is important because the postmodern generation lacks a Christian worldview It must be created for them He also mentions a hunger for depth of teaching He believes the following topics are critical for the coming generation kingdom living, discipleship, Christ is the only way to God, human sexuality, marriage and family, hell, trustworthiness of Scripture, and messy spirituality The preacher should posture himself as a fellow traveler, not an answer man Living out the message is the best form of preaching Use visuals Evangelism should no longer be a sales pitch Instead it should be based on relationships, and living in the kingdom now, instead of focusing purely on the hereafter Not an invitation to an event, but an invitation to a community An invitation to the kingdom, instead of a way to get to heaven MISSIONS IS NOT JUST OVERSEAS Do you know any non Christians Do you pray for them by name Spiritual formation is necessary Young people need a Gandalf or a Yoda Create spiritual feeders instead of spiritual consumers Leaders need to be shepherds, not CEOs, holy men, not managers There is great value in listening as well as speaking Reflections I wonder why, when the Midwest is still in the throes of modernity, that presentations to young people do not have to be tailored to meet the needs of kids on the West Coast There was a lot of good stuff in this book I did not like some of the trendiness of it I also do not like using the term vintage But it does have a lot of the things that I have been doing in there, and that is always helpful to making me like something.

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    Very engaging and thought provoking It s interesting to hear what Dan has to say about the culture and what people think about church Of all the books I ve read about how church is organized in America, this book is probably the most surprising and exciting.

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    Kimball s book was not only captivating in content but also in the layout of his material This was in itself a postmodern approach to written text with multiple suggestions, comments, dialogue and monologue on each page Divided into two parts Kimball explores deconstructing and reconstructing ministry The story of his friend Sky and how he became a Christian set the pace for part one Challenging the focus of worship and examining how we arrived here today by quoting the men of Issachar provokes expansive thought Thos men knew the times they were living in Multisensory approach to ministry that includes music, images, communion, incense and personal contribution appreciated the postmodern culture that needs to experience God This was recognized by accepting people return to their roots at some point But what if those roots were not Judeo Christianity After conducting personal interviews, Kimball makes the statement that a postmodern culture likes Christ but not the Christian He examines what the church is and what it is not Through the scriptures Kimball explains that Christians themselves are the church not the building we attend on Sunday He concludes that it is impossible to go to church but that we gather as the church Part two begins with defining the approaches of the seek sensitive with a post seeker sensitive with four practical ideas for engaging the latter What Kimball calls Vintage Christianity is organic is approach in gather as a church than a linear approach of the modern culture This is also reflected in the style of leadership by quoting Grenz from Primer on Postmodernism He compares the leadership of Captain James T Kirk as a CEO modern leader to Captain Jean Luc Picard as an emerging leader How leaders lead will determine the type of disciples they make.I found myself in complete agreement with shifting values in preaching, evangelism and discipleship While the message of the Bible is unchanged the method of communicating it and growing in it were a welcome challenge Kimball places the emphasis on changing values without changing scripture itself Relationship and trust are essential to a process instead of an event with a concluding invitation This not only engages people to be missional as a church but it also cuts the cost of annual budgets in half Kimball restates throughout his book that the core of shifting values is centered on the mission of the church to make disciples It is not the Roman method of presentation, decision and fellowship but the Celtic method of fellowship, ministry and belief.I disagree with a polarized view of the church Kimball seems to have He welcomes pull points from colleagues who seem to grasp a both modern and postmodern It could be seen as a fashion, trend or fad church Although he acknowledges a postmodern culture will engage in intelligent theology, very little of this is seen in how he describes their gatherings Although multisensory ministry is vital in communicating to a postmodern culture, I would want to see a clear explanation of scripture rather than a study of other religions 1 John 1 1 Although Kimball quotes it I cannot fully see it in practice.Kimball s work is relevant both in content and layout in understand culture As a whole The Emerging Church keeps the focus on the church and what happens as Christians gather together The material is a powerful tool for anyone in church leadership or approaching a church service plant Kimball examines the experience of church as his focal point throughout He avoids the trap of criticizing other churches several ways He demonstrates a perspective from other colleagues in pull points He tells frequent stories of visiting other churches to learn Overall Kimball s book was a practical exercise in being relevant to the postmodern culture.

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    The one thing Kimball does effectively is to blast the shaky foundations of the seeker sensitive movement however, the careful reader will note that he does not escape from this morass in practice, as witnessed by the many points at which he seems concerned by what outsiders non Christians would think of the church than he seems concerned with their Christian counterparts Take for example his reference in Chapter 16 to his haircut homiletics sessions with his unsaved hairdresser, during which he s supposedly learned about preaching than in any seminary class Unfortunately, after who knows how many years of his using her to keep his finger on the pulse of the lost generations, a Christian friend of his almost ruined the entire set up by mentioning becoming saved in front of her Oh NO Now she was actually in danger of being confronted with the Gospel, something that Kimball had been carefully shielding the poor little postmodern hairdresser from for who knows how long If he had his way, it would be much better to take years of giving her dating advice before working around to faith, since that s what postmodernity demands Now don t get me wrong, I m all for building relationships and rapport with people after all, I have conversations with my own hairdresser that have led to spiritual things Sensitivity, care, and love are needed, but not to the extreme that causes us to avoid sharing the Gospel As I read this book, I came to understand that the reason Kimball seems so off base is that his underlying philosophy of what the church is intended for seems to be flawed This forum does not allow for a full analysis of this premise, but I plan to write a critical analysis of this in another forum If you are interested in reading it, feel free to contact me Apart from occasional Scripture references sprinkled sparsely throughout in a sort of proof texting way many of them used out of their context, I might add , Kimball offers very little Bilical foundation In fact, for someone who claims to be a Bible junkie, he spends much time quoting Madonna, U2, Gandalf, and Deepak Chopra than he does the Scriptures There are even points at which he speaks in favor of ignoring theological conviction in order to pursue what he thinks is the best thing to do in response to post modernity see p 150 and 163 for examples.Coupled with his heavy, underlying use of negatively connotative words to describe senior pastors or anyone in leadership outside of the Emergent Movement, the above issues were enough not only to set my teeth on edge from early on, but also led me to read with a critical eye and a healthy dose of skepticism A reader who approaches this book with a similar grasp of Biblical teaching, historical context, and desire to evaluate the overall message critically will likewise experience a similar reaction Addendum I am not wholly averse to everything that I encountered in these pages Kimball offers fair points concerning the evangelical lack of emphasis on the arts, the dangers of being merely seeker sensitive collectives, and the importance of being Christ focused disciples Unfortunately, the negatives overwhelm the positives when it comes to what this book has to offer.

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    This is quite a challenging book for any traditional pastor In fact, I think the material presented within would be quite challenging even for pastors of modern churches But challenging in a good way I would encourage every pastor to read this and work through the material within, but maybe read a book like Stott s Cross of Christ or Noel Due s Created for Worship first to get your priorities straight.The need for having a firm Biblical foundation before reading this book is great because though the ideas and concepts are quite engaging and exciting, some of them can be easily carried out in excess and without the proper motivation, setting, and emphasis.Kimball also has a habit of generalizing and stereotyping which sound convincing but aren t necessarily true In addition to that, his criticism of the Seeker movement is rather passionate, but in the end his model is very similar, for it is also focused on one level at attracting people to church, though since this attraction is played out in a postmodern setting it looks, feels and behaves quite differently than the modern Seeker movement.What I think is good about this book as I thought the same about his corresponding Emerging Worship is that Kimball raises issues and difficulties facing the church at present These issues must be dealt with, but not necessarily the way Kimball demands they be The primary problem with his solutions is that not every church is in California, and nor are all the high school and college age church members completely up to their heads in postmodern thought Pastors and ministry leaders should read this book not because it has all the answers, but they need to see if the issues are relevant to their body of believers as well as if any of the solutions proffered by Kimbal might be able to minister to their people in their respective settings.It s a great book, but not to be read lightly or overly passionately It must be taken with a grain of salt but it can be great for every pastor to tackle these issues.

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    This is a mildly dated and basic but helpful book to introduce the emerging church to those who are otherwise unfamiliar with it The writing style is definitely modern, with organized chapters, charts, and an us them tone, which makes sense, as Kimball is trying to reach those who are not yet aware of the philosophical changes in the mostly younger generations who are not coming to their churches I have read a fair amount about the emerging church, and so far, the content here is consistent with other authors, and it is probably accessible than many other books out there It also has helpful information that I hadn t considered for example, postmoderns aren t going to one day just grow up and be modern like the rest of us I was challenged by this concept into questioning my own assumptions and my too frequently dissmissive attitude toward postmoderns as simply immature.My only real complaints about this book are in its visual layout and its lack of a warning when it comes to respect for Scripture The margins are filled with little boxes for other authors to comment on the topics, for definitions of key terms, and for one sentence summaries that are never all that helpful I think the intention was for these boxes to make the book conversational, but the effect is that of a junior high science textbook, and it gives this important subject a certain juvenile tone that doesn t serve it well Also, Kimball s personal convictions are clearly Bible based and supported with plenty of Scripture, which may be why he never warns the reader of the dangers of some emerging emergent groups that do not hold Scripture in nearly as high a regard Other than those minor points, though, I recommend this book as an introduction to the emerging church.

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    Kimball tries really hard with this book From the post modern layout to the writing style, this book is supposedly a definitive apologetic for the Emergent movement The harder the author tries to explain and explore the concept, the traditional religious boxes he puts things into, until those readers like myself who are involved in what has been labeled the emergent movement do not recognize it, nor want to be associated with what is doomed to be another church program.Kimball anticipates this, and really makes a sincere effort explaining that these ideas are not a template to follow for programing, but a way of life Although it seems to be very beneficial for those unfamiliar with the Emergent movement, the heart of the story gets lost in the fancy packaging Read Red Moon Rising by Pete Greig instead.

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    Again don t judge a book by its cover This book is less about the emerging church as a movement and about re approaching church in terms of new old methodology Yes, Kimball does try to reshape what you think about church and evangelism, but this isn t a primer on the Christian movement everyone is talking about It s a simple and fast read didn t tell me a lot that I didn t already know, however, but I do think it d be a good book for an old timer trying to understand these younger, strange folk in her or his faith community The most salient point to me wasn t his most important point, but it was regarding the importance of worship participation in conversion along the lines of Sally Morgenthaler s Worship Evangelism.

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    Divided into two sections, the first section does well at setting the scene for the emerging church and explaining the difference in philosophy and culture between the modern and post modern generations The second section talks about the practicalities of doing church in a post modern world and this is where time has taken its toll I can see how this would have been radical stuff eight years ago but nowadays most of his suggestions are common place Perhaps the church has truly emerged after all Read on.

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