- All this is a sign of growing up and maturing, as I noted in the beginning of the year when I said that the emerging church movement grew up in 2009 and is no longer a radical and controversial movement, something that I fleshed out a little with 10 Types of Emerging Churches that will no longer upset your grandfather.
- Kester's observation of emerging phenomena paralleled by the 'rumspringa' [Part 2] is similar to what I have referred to as coming "full circle", although the return to the mainstream is usually accompanied by a changed mindset about church and hopefully a deeper ecclesiology.
- Maybe the emerging church HAS INDEED retreated a little over the past 2 years but, actually, the global recession and changes in the mission landscape have forced even the most conservative and traditional denominations and Western mission agencies to retreat in some manner or at least pause and reevaluate. In fact, having just circled Europe in our truck and talked to missionaries all over, I sense that the retreat was stronger for the traditional mission groups than the younger and in some places, the only new mission efforts into pioneer areas seem to be coming from what we used to call emerging churches. And in the case of certain young 'emerging' groups, the push into North Africa and the Middle East DESPITE the lack of resources is unparalleled.
Anyway, Just some thoughts. Good post, Kester, and good observations as usual.