What is “Real” Church?
Let me contextualize my current musing. I recently saw a friend’s status on FB lifting up a concern about how institutional church folk often label Emergent church as “not real church”. Now, I am a fan of Emergent church, maybe more than a fan, I guess I could be called emergent if I were into labels. I was surprised by the irony of some folks within the Emergent church movement claiming, quite self assuredly, that our church is not real church. This conversation happened back in October 2009 as a result of a podcast over a Nick & Josh.
What I find ironic is how often I hear the same said about Emergent church by those safely ensconced in the conventional church paradigm. I find it more than a little puzzling that the very folks who are called “unreal” by the institutional church and her guardians are so comfortable defining their way as real and others as not.
So what is “real” church?
Part of answering this question for me always begins by looking at what church was in the first century.
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