Toward 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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Phil Snider has served as senior minister of Brentwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since 2003. Phil received his undergraduate degree from Missouri State University (Springfield, MO), then earned his masters degree at Phillips Theological Seminary (Tulsa, OK) and doctorate at Chicago Theological Seminary (Chicago, IL).

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