People keep looking for how to define emergent church, emerging communities or emergence. Only yesterday that one of my twitter contacts tweeted “@whoeveritwas how are you defining emerging church? Keep it under 140 characters plz”. I just came across an article that defines current emergent culture and the need to operate within it well.
In spite of current ads and slogans, the world doesn’t change one person at a time. It changes as networks of relationships form among people who discover they share a common cause and vision of what’s possible. This is good news for those of us intent on changing the world and creating a positive future. Rather than worry about critical mass, our work is to foster critical connections. We don’t need to convince large numbers of people to change; instead, we need to connect with kindred spirits. Through these relationships, we will develop the new knowledge, practices, courage, and commitment that lead to broad-based change.
Read the whole article here. I can’t recommend it highly enough!