the conversation about emerging church and all that is happening in lots of places. i've mentioned this before but canadians are networking and blogging at resonate . in the usa the emergentvillage web site has been revamped by will. it seems a lot clearer. i was interested to read the rule of life which i hadn't seen before.
i have had a few conversations with people from emergent recently about emergent and how it interfaces with the rest of the world. at heart the guys in emergent want to build a friendship but here's the problem - emergent is a global american brand publishing and marketing resources as well as the friendship. this makes it highly problematic because whatever anyone says it isn't just about a friendship - that is naive. my suggestion to the guys at emergent has been that they should forbid anyone round the world from calling their local network emergent - save the name for the usa conversation (in fact maybe if would be clearer if the usa conversation was called emergentvillage and emergent was the publisher?!). and encourage people in their regions to network but to develop their own names and local take on the conversation. that is why i am delighted to see that the canadians have done that. then there can be a genuine relationship/friendship with the americans and anyone else in the world without any complications of brand tie ins and all that s**t. part of the old world that is passing (and we brits sure led the way big style) was about empire. but that world is gone. even though emergent may be a great thing its international strategy should be about encouragement and gift - encouraging local/regional conversations that are genuinely contextual and giving away ideas and whatever else. i love what kester says in the complex christ - that the economy of gift should characterise the emerging church. before anyone gets upset at this post please don't mishear me - i love what emergentvillage are doing. i have lots of friends in the network. i also think its great that there are resources being produced. just resist the temptation to push your brand on the rest of the world and make friends instead.