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The Hyphenateds
edited by Phil Snider

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 Development.


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 Mainline Congregations.


Nate Frambach, 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.


Matthew Gallion 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.


Brandon Gilvin, 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.


Elaine 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.


Christopher Rodkey, 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.


Nanette 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 at www.philsnider.net.

Timothy 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.


Stephanie 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.


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