The term ‘emerging church’ has been hotly debated. Some mainstream churches say ‘what are you doing that we are not?’ and some emerging churches resent the implication that they are still ‘emerging’ into being a real church. 3 But ‘emerging’ describes something that is changing and evolving rather than fixed in one place. The label recognizes that such churches are emerging from a modern into a postmodern framework, in a post-Christendom era, in a digital age, for a post-colonial era. Interestingly, it is a term that has been used to describe the early church in the first century, since that was the time the church’s leadership, worship and mission practices evolved. Arguably, therefore, emerging church is an appropriate term to use for churches today that are evolving for a new era.
Cronshaw, D. (2007). The Shaping of Things Now: Questions of Emerging Churches. Journal of the American Society for Church Growth, 18(1), 17-35. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/jascg/vol18/iss1/3