Emerging Worship by Dan Kimball

March 31, 2007 at 8:23 pm (Books, Church)

Though the subtitle is “creating worship gatherings for new generations,” Kimball spends much time explaining why the weekend worship gathering is not the heart of church, and in fact why one of the values of emerging generations would be to move away from this mindset that “church” in fact is not the weekend worship gathering but a group of people. That being said, he does spend plenty of time explaining philosophy behind the emerging worship gathering, and in the latter half of the book moves away from theory into practical examples of churches who are “doing it” so to speak, in various forms, including the current house-church movement and the British movement. He offers his opinions in both encouragements and criticisms on all examples given.

Overall, I think the book is an excellent read for anyone interested in the emerging conversation. Kimball does a tactful job of balancing the need for “creating worship gatherings for new generations” with warnings to remember that our focus lies on Christ and his ultimate calling on our lives to love God and love others.

I personally would love to participate in a more multisensory worship experience (goodness, anything that doesn’t require that I stand like a drone in my little line week after week and sing here, clap here, smile here, praise God here…sigh…I often wonder what they would do if I walked out into the aisle one week and just knelt on my face before God?). I would love to bring back some of the more ancient creeds of our faith, etc. Caveats? If we’re not on guard, we may just create another generation of consumeristic Christians who just want their worship whims met. Additionally, I am naturally pessimistic that people will ever learn to think for themselves, regardless of generation. Can “emerging churches” really do it? Time will tell.

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1 Comment

  1. Calvin said,

    Of course, I agree with you! 🙂

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