The Emerging church and the Church Growth movement are presented in the article in comparison and contrast, with special attention paid to the fathers of both movements, Lesslie Newbigin and Donald McGavran, respectively. An overview of problematic critiques and unhelpful practices in the treatments of each movement is given. Current trends are noted involving shifts in both movements, leaving open a possibility for more constructive dialog and partnership. A final synergy is suggested to envision a future way forward.
Drury, D. (2010). Emerging Church Growth Oxymoron: McGavran and Newbigin in Dialog. Great Commission Research Journal, 1(2), 218-229. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol1/iss2/8