• Emerging Church and Seventh-day Adventist Spirituality

    Author(s):
    Peter Roennfeldt
    Editor(s):
    Tom de Bruin (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    Spes Christiana (journal)
    Subject(s):
    Spirituality, Theology
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/p21t-pp66
    Abstract:
    Postmodernism challenges the church. The complexity of late 20th and early 21st century American evangelicalism was the environment for fresh Emerging Church conversations. Interest in Americanized Church Growth was waning, and church attendance was continuing to decline in spite of charismatic renewal. There was increasing frustration with the evangelistic ineffectiveness of the mega-church seeker models in reaching postmoderns, together with the growing realization that there were alternatives to inherited Constantinian models of church. It is a complex conversation. Some, who are faithful to biblical authority, doctrine and the eternal gospel of Jesus Christ, have sought to keep the focus on being both a missional and missionary movement. This article does not simply list what is right or wrong with Emerging Church, nor confine discussion to certain practices. It examines how Adventists have assessed this movement, and, in reflecting the author’s academic, professional and personal journey of ministry, it represents an Adventist response.
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    Published
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