Towards a Hopeful Future: Why the Emergent Church Is Good News for Mainline Congregations

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Pilgrim Press, 2010 - Religion - 290 pages
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Snider and Bowen, co-pastors of Brentwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a formerly graying congregation, provide a much-needed emerging resource that will benefit both progressive mainliners who value inclusivity, diversity, and social justice as well as emergents seeking a point of entry into progressive mainline traditions.

The book grew from the authors' successful progressive worship service: "The Awakening" which has attracted a surge of young adults and young families to Brentwood. It offers connections among 1) prophetic biblical traditions; 2) progressive mainliners; 3) Emergents; and 4) postmodern theory and gives progressive communities of faith worship reflections and resources that will help them connect with emerging generations.

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User Review  - Al-G - LibraryThing

Even for those who are skeptical of the emergent movement and its future implications, there are things to be learned, both from the standpoint of the ways and means of worship as well as ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tanja Walker - Goodreads

Loved this book, as it gave some great ideas of how mainline churches can be part of the emergent church movement, in large part, in my mind, through theological consistency during worship services and beyond. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Phil Snider is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a pastor at Brentwood Christian Church in Springfield, Missouri. He is the coauthor of Toward a Hopeful Future: Why the Emergent Church Is Good News for Mainline Congregations and contributor to Banned Questions about Jesus. He blogs at http://www.philsnider.net.

Emily Bowen earned her M.Div. from Phillips Theological seminary. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

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