Struggling with Stage One Emerging Churches
Have been doing some research on this very aspect of the "Emerging Church." Its been driving me crazy as I've looked at 150-300 churches in the U.S. who self-proclaim to be an EC, and manifests that claim purely through a change of style. In fact, a very low percentage of churches reviewed have a value to rediscover a renewed theology... don't know if, at this point in my research, this is because they just don't see the need or they just aren't expressing their value for a new theology. I am happy though that many are missionally-centric. Hopefully, our theology is still emerging.
I am even beginning to wonder how missionally-centric a church can be without a renewed sense of missiology / theology? Theology and mission go hand-in-hand. In fact, some missiologists would even argue that all theology is about mission (that is, all theology is a missiology). Perhaps, and maybe it warrants further study - the missional "Emerging Church" is a trend without anything theologically definitive to grab onto. If EC is not acting from a missiological / theological perspective, and rather merely because its the "in" thing to do... what will be the lasting effects? What will be the future of mission and the Emerging Church?