While traditional denominations struggle to maintain their blanket coverage of the nation, there are discernable movements emerging, as part of the decentralization process, in the major population centers around the world – movements that are typically decentralized, spontaneous and grass-roots. They are particularly strong among the under 35s generations, although by no means confined to them. Churches identified with these new movements go by a number of names: “churches in emerging culture, “ “alternative worship,” “postmodern church,” “simple church,” “liquid church,” “organic church,” or simply “the emerging church.” Personally, we prefer the last mentioned, as, in our view, the church is always emerging because it is a “pilgrim” church and a “becoming” church until Jesus brings it to completion and perfection at his Second Coming. These emerging church movements are to be found both within traditional denominations as well as among new, independent networks.
Gibbs, E., & Bolger, R. (2004). Tracking the Emerging Church. Journal of the American Society for Church Growth, 15(1), 3-10. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/jascg/vol15/iss1/2