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Roundtable Discussion on the Emergent Church

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Michael Horton:Hello and welcome to a special discussion on the Emergent Church movement. In this discussion, we're not analyzing the movement and offering critique and solutions. We're going to be discussing our own churches and some of the challenges that the Emergent folks have offered to us and maybe also some things that are already being done in some of our churches so that some of the issues that have been raised by the Emergent movement can be addressed here, especially by young pastors who are in that Emergent age group or emerging slowly beyond it, and who also minister to a lot of young people as well as older folks and younger children. We hope that this will be informative and useful for those people who are not only pastors and Sunday school teachers, but for people who go to church (who are) hopefully our audience. Todd Rodarmel is pastor of Mountain View Church in Mission Viejo, California, a church in the Evangelical Covenant denomination. Charlie Mallie is the pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Laguna Beach, California, which is in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Michael Brown is the pastor of the Christ United Reformed Church in Santee, California. It is a privilege to have you guys here today. First and foremost, tell us a little bit of the background of your church, its makeup, and your approach to ministry. Mike, we'll start with you.
Michael Brown: My church is part of the Federated United Reformed Church in North America, which is predominantly of a Dutch (Reformed) flavor or a Dutch background, and grew out of the CRC, as you probably know. However in this classis, and in Southern California in particular, there are a lot of new URC church plants that aren't necessarily Dutch in flavor. They're very diverse. So that's kind of our church. It's made up of people who are pretty new to the Reformed faith. Some have been brought out of broad Evangelicalism; some have come out of broad Evangelicalism and moved into another Reformed denomination and just found their way here.

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Issue: "Faith A La Carte? The Emergent Church" July/August 2005 Vol. 14 No. 4 Page number(s): 36-47

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