Can emergence Christianity help established denominations understand that radical transformation means more than a new worship service? When hearing complaints that church is irrelevant, can mainliners understand that reclaiming relevancy means more than changing meeting locations from church buildings to coffeeshops? Yes, say the writers of The Hyphenateds, as they show you how they’ve done it.
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Though the emergent church was once viewed as a fringe movement with little to offer established congregations, it is now seen as one of the central driving forces shaping the future of postmodern Christianity in North America. As an increasing number of mainline communities wonder how the emergent church influences their own structures and practices, this book brings together the perspectives of several of the most prominent “Hyphenated Christians,” i.e. those with one foot in the emergent conversation and the other foot in the mainline church – Presbymergents, Anglimergents, Luthermergents, Methomergents, etc.
With a passion for both mainline traditions and the emergent conversation, “Hyphenateds” offer a vibrant and contagious vision of the ways in which the church might undergo the transformation necessary to faithfully embody the love of Christ in the midst of an ever-changing postmodern world.
The contributors of this book offer wisdom from a variety of contexts and The Hypenateds reflects the changing dynamics currently taking place in the emergent conversation.
Phyllis Tickle (foreword), an
Episcopalian, is one of the leading authorities on religion in North America
and a much sought after lecturer on the subject. She is the founding editor of
the Religion Department of Publishers
Weekly. In addition to lectures and numerous essays, articles, and
interviews, Tickle is the author of over two dozen books on religion and
spirituality, most recently The Great
Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why.
Doug Pagitt (afterword) is the founder of Solomon’s Porch, a holistic
missional Christian community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and one of the
founders of Emergent Village. In addition to being the author of several
books (most recently Church in the Inventive Age and A Christianity Worth
Believing) he is a speaker, radio host, and co-owner with Tony Jones of the
event production company JoPa Productions.
Mike Baughman, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church,
is a pastor at Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas. He
previously served as lead pastor for an alternative worship gathering,veritas, in Fort Worth, Texas. Mike has lectured on the
emerging church at Perkins School of Theology and leads workshops on postmodern
preaching and evangelism. He coauthored the book Worship Feast: Lent, contributed to several curriculums for Abingdon Press, Augsburg Fortress and Barefoot Press, and has authored articles for the Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual
Nadia Bolz-Weber, an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America, is the organizing pastor of House for All Sinners and
Saints, a Lutheran emerging church in Denver, Colorado. As one of the most
sought-after workshop leaders and lecturers on the emerging church, she has
been a featured speaker at numerous events including Christianity 21 and the
Greenbelt Festival (U.K.). In addition to being a featured blogger for Sojourners, she is the author of Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of
Christian Television and a contributor to Rising from the Ashes: Rethinking Church. Nadia blogs at www.sarcasticlutheran.com.
Emily Bowen, an ordained minister in
the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), is a pastor at Brentwood Christian
Church in Springfield, Missouri, where she lends leadership to the Awakening, an emerging worship gathering
deeply rooted in progressive theology. She leads numerous workshops on emerging
approaches to worship and is the coauthor of Toward a Hopeful Future: Why the Emergent Church is Good News for
an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is Professor of Youth, Culture & Mission at Wartburg
Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, and is the author of Emerging
Ministry: Being Church Today. He has published articles on ecclesiology and
missiology in Currents in Theology and
Mission, Word & World and The Journal
of Youth and Theology and has spoken on these themes in various venues
including synod assemblies and theological conferences. He also serves on the Board
of Directors of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network. You can visit
his web home at www.nateframbach.com.
is a graduate student at Missouri State University where he is pursuing an M.A.
in Religious Studies. Matt studies responses to American evangelicalism in
postmodern contexts, particularly the emerging church and the emergent
conversation, and the intersection of faith and culture, particularly in
crossing the “digital divide.” He is the author of “The Price of Freedom:
Bribery, the Philippian Gift, and Paul’s Choice in Philippians 1:19-26,” which
won the prize for best graduate paper at the annual meeting of the Central
States Society of Biblical Literature. He received his B.A. from Southwest
Baptist University and currently serves as Pastoral Resident at National Avenue
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Springfield, Missouri.
an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), currently
serves as the Associate Director of Week of Compassion and is the author of Solving the Da Vinci Code Mystery,
coauthor of Wisdom from The Five People
You Meet in Heaven, and coeditor of Chalice Press’s WTF? (Where’s the Faith?) series.
Heath is the McCreless Associate Professor of
Evangelism at Southern Methodist University, and the director of the Center for
Missional Wisdom. She is ordained in the United
Methodist Church. Her recent publications include The Mystic Way of Evangelism: A Contemplative Vision for Christian
Outreach; Naked Faith: The Mystical
Theology of Phoebe Palmer; and Longing
for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Community, coauthored with Scott T. Kisker.
Carol Howard Merritt, an ordained
minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is a pastor at Western
Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. She is the author of Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing
Generation and Reframing Hope: Vital
Ministry in a New Generation. She leads numerous workshops around the
country as well as webinars sponsored by the Alban Institute. She is also the
co-host of the Internet Radio Show, The
God Complex, with Bruce Reyes-Chow.
Ross Lockhart, an ordained minister
in the United Church of Canada, is the Lead Pastor at West Vancouver United
Church in West Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to being the author of Gen X, Y Faith and co-editor of Three Ways of Grace, Ross is a leader
for the United Church of Canada's "Emerging Spirit" initiative.
an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, is Pastor of Zion “Goshert’s” United Church of Christ in Lebanon,
Pennsylvania, and teaches at Lebanon Valley College. He holds doctorates from
Drew University (Ph.D.) and Meadville Lombard Theological School (D.Min.). His work as pastor and scholar focuses upon a
forced intersection between pastoral theology and philosophy, with particular
interests in radical expressions of the Christian faith. His book, The Synaptic Gospel, engages
phenomenology and neuroscience to offer a pastoral theology of pan-generational
worship and religious education. He lectures often on the practice of youth
ministry and is an occasional contributor to the blog, An und für sich.
Sawyer, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is the
founding pastor of Wicker Park Grace, an emerging faith community that gathers
in an art gallery on the west side of Chicago. She has blogged for the Christian
Century at www.theolog.org and at www.thehardestquestion.org. In addition
to being a featured speaker at various events, including Christianity 21 and
The Big Event of RevGalBlogPals, she has taught as an
adjunct instructor at McCormick Theological Seminary. She is a contributor
to An Emergent Manifesto of Hope and the author of Hospitality:
The Sacred Art.
Phil Snider is an ordained minister in
the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a pastor at Brentwood Christian
Church in Springfield, Missouri. He is the coauthor of Toward a Hopeful
Future: Why the Emergent Church is Good News for Mainline Congregations and
contributor to Banned Questions about Jesus. He blogs
Snyder is a lay-minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is
cofounder of The Netzer Co-Op, an emerging community
in Austin, Texas. A graduate of Texas Lutheran University and Luther Seminary,
Snyder is the author of “Emerging Church” in Religion-Compass, as well as several other articles on faith and
culture. He is currently the managing editor of GENERATE Magazine and thankful
for the friendships of both Emergent Village and Luthermergent.
He blogs regularly at www.curatingthejourney.org.
Spellers, an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, is the lead organizer of
The Crossing, an emergent community rooted at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in
Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to serving as co-chair of the Episcopal
Church's Standing Commission on Mission and Evangelism, she is the U.S. editor
and contributor to Ancient Faith, Future
Mission: Fresh Expressions in the Sacramental Tradition and author of Radical Welcome: Embracing God, the Other
and the Spirit of Transformation.