Tuesday, September 19, 2006


UPDATE: voices and links added
Summarize and evaluate (per a rubric yet to be designed) the ecclesiology of important emerging voices (list under construction):

As I read, I intend to ask, what is the theology behind and beneath the values and practices common to emerging-missional churches?

The type of theology intended is an ontological and teliological ecclesiology. In other words, what is church and for what purpose/end does God intend it? Our understanding of these two facets shapes our structural and practical ecclesiology (whether we know this or not).

  • Who should be added to the list above?
  • What other questions should I be asking?

NOTE: This is a rumination ("1. The act of pondering; meditation. 2. The act or process of chewing cud." American Heritage Dictionary) in search of synergy ("1. The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.")


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  1. Don't forget about the women such as Maggie Dawn, Karen Ward (submergence), and Rachelle Mee Chapman (Monkfish Abbey). There probably are other women listed at the Emerging Women blog.

    I'm not sure if Driscoll would want to be listed as an emerging church leader, though he has been involved in the past.

    Scott McKnight over at Jesus Creed is another person to include.

    OK, enough names. Good luck with your research!

  2. Thanks...and for my part, oops...how could I forget them??

    About Driscoll, I realize he might chaff at being called an emerging voice, but he is an important voice in the Reformed end of the spectrum. My research will be--I hope--covering voices along the continuum. Frankly, the folks at Biola/Talbot need to know that there are voices other than those at the McLaren end.

    So, despite any chaffing, Driscoll stays.

  3. Though certainly not Emerging themselves, as vitally important influences it might be interesting to tease out the ecclesiology of NT Wright and Dallas Willard.

  4. Paddy,

    Agreed. Also, NT Wright, willard, and many more will show up in other parts of the thesis. Thankfully, this term I am only writing the history of research, and that is enough. I will probably start the rest of the thesis in spring.