The emerging church has fermented on the fringe of society. Over the past 40 years, and around the world, the alternative counterculture has been the context in which new forms of ministry have been birthed. Today, the movement is less alternative and increasingly mainstream, as a wider strata of young people adopt the new cultures. Although the countercultural values are still present.
In Chile, hip hop and hardcore culture have been influential in starting churches in Santiago, and the Christian festival Christock. I was told by a leader in Chile that his country was the first to produce a Christian rock band back in the 1970's. Many of these networks around Latin America gather yearly in Brazil at the festival called Encontro