Friday, February 02, 2007
Allison on the Emerging Church Movement
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's own Gregg Allison has just had his recent paper on the Emerging Church Movement posted to the Resurgence site: "An Evaluation of Emerging Churches on the Basis of the Contextualization Spectrum (C1-C6)." Allison originally presented this paper at the November 17, 2006 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Washington, D.C. Here is the first paragraph:
The purpose of this paper is threefold: (1) introduce participants to the Contextualization Spectrum (C1—C6), a helpful missiological tool for describing Christ-centered communities in the Muslim world; (2) modify this tool so as to render it useful in assessing the emerging church phenomenon; and (3) apply this modified contextualization spectrum to assess some representative samples of actual emerging churches. At the heart of my proposal is the conviction that the emerging church phenomenon is, in part, a contemporary attempt at contextualizing the gospel and the church of Jesus Christ in a changing (postmodern) world.1 If this is the case, then the emerging church phenomenon (1) bears some similarities with contextualization efforts carried out in the past, and (2) manifests a spectrum of embodiments that are contextualized from a lesser to a greater degree.
Labels: Emerging Church and Postmodernism