Each time I go to EmergentNo I’m amazed
As one who has participated in Emerging Church gatherings for over 2 years I’d have to say the picture EmergentNo has painted doesn’t match anything I’ve experienced. It is really difficult to learn from criticism when it bears no resemblance to your experience. It isn’t as though there aren’t legitimate things to criticize.
I find myself asking the same question over and over again. Why are these people so sure they are right when their churches are in same shape as those in the rest of the country? I’d ask the same questions to the plethora of “emerging” churches that are similarly confident of their correct approach while they can’t get off financial life support.
I can totally understand why George Barna is frustrated with his apparent lack of progress. It doesn’t matter how many facts and figures he throws at people there is very little response. He has outlined a clear and present decline in everything from biblical knowledge to church attendance and we refuse to change. It is easier if we concern ourselves with our institution’s sustainability while ignoring what goes on outside those walls.