Posts Tagged ‘The Great Emergence’

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I know it’s been a while again but I’ve just posted a new post for the exemplary youth ministry blog. Please check it out. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Here it is: EXEMPLARY YOUTH MINISTRY BLOG: FOR EVERY SPORT THERE IS A SEASON…


NOTE: I first wrote this in 2007 parts of which are included in my thoughts on the Great Emergence: intro, part 1, part 2, part 3, & part 4 (more…)

Life teams Part IV: Jesus Shows UP! Check out my latest blog on exemplary youth ministry: EXEMPLARY YOUTH MINISTRY BLOG

I’d love hear your thoughts and especially some of your God sightings too!

A new post is up at about our development of Life Teams in our congregation. It’s the pragmatic part 4 of my thesis, but more than that it’s a critical way we are striving to pass on faith to our teens here in North Texas! Love to hear your take.

Phyllis Tickle in her new book “The Great Emergence” tells us about what Anglican priest Rev. Dryer talks about as the 500 year rummage sale.  Every 500 years or so changes in culture, technology, knowledge, and world views in society have converged to transform how we see the world.  This title wave has usually been centered around a theological question whose ramifications are felt deep and wide in the life of the Church.  Think Reformation, the Great Schism, the Dark Ages, etc.  Phyllis Tickle says we are in the middle of one of those 500 year rummage sales right now.

I recently wrote a masters thesis that noticed how so many authors in the field of youth ministry think youth ministry needs to change if it is to be faithful and effective.  Many youth ministers are feeling the pain of having “what always worked” no longer be effective, or observe the sad truth of weak return of the harvest when we consider the # of 20 somethings once in youth group but no longer in the circle of faith.  Each export author offers their own view on what the problem is and what needs to change.  But I wonder if they are all right, and by themselves incomplete.  My thesis suggests that the new era of the Great Emergence has found it’s way to youth ministry.  I will be posting bits of my thesis for discuss on this blog.  I look forward to the conversation and your thoughts on the way forward.

The question of faithfulness and effectivness plagues me.  Can we be faithful and not effective?  Can we be effective and not faithful?  It seems to me one of the common denominator’s each each of these 500 year shifts has been a recentering and indwelling of Scripture.  As we get further along I’ll share what I think might be the theological question that swirls around in this rummage sale.  For now I look forward to your thoughts.