Just glanced over a quick post on David Fitch's really good blog. He lists 8 things you would notice about a missional church. I think that we would have at least 6 of these. So, I just thought I'd throw it out there, are we more missional than emergent? Does it even matter?
I, for one, am not too concerned with how we define ourselves. Although I think definitions are interesting in the larger conversation because they demonstrate what people and groups are trying to achieve together. Also, there has been much conversation lately amongst the blogosphere about the so-called "death" of emergent in 2010.
So, although I'm asking the question, I don't think it's that big a deal - just something interesting.
Anyway, here's the short list, but please check out the post for the full info:
- No single dominating leader or pastor
- Service isn't produced
- Not many strangers at the gathering
- Socio and economic diversity
- Sunday morning greeters
- The "sending out" or "benediction" is an important part of the gathering
- Participatory gathering
- Ethnic diversity