how do you get started in developing a christian community from nothing? there is of course no fixed pattern or answer. but it's a daunting moment when someone or a few people have that dream and find themselves in a new place wondering what to do beyond drinking coffee and talking to people and walking round praying. there have been a few helpful discussions around this in various networks and rob ryan reflects on his experience in the current emerginchurch.info
well michael volland was in exactly this scenario in gloucester a few years back and has plotted the journey in his book through the pilgrim door. it's an easy read - i read it over a long breakfast in one sitting (i hadn't intended to - i just kept going!). i think it will be really helpful if you are in that scenario. there is now a community feig there. michael and family have just moved on from there but left behind feig who are now blogging here and developing the next phase of their life together. michael blogged 1000 posts in gloucester and is now starting afresh here
in the various posts and debates around pirates that are out in the blogosphere which seem to be escalating all the time (which i am enjoying but becoming too long to keep up with!) there are a few people expressing disilluion and cynicism with the emerging churches in the comments. i am a bit surprised by this caricature of e.c. as up itself or having lost its way because i think the journey of starting new communities from nothing (i.e. they are emerging) is a mission endeavour that is a tough journey and one i hope many people continue to embark on and need a bit of encouragement in doing. my experience of hanging out with pioneers like michael and others is that they are warm passionate people and thank god there are growing numbers of them in and around the edges of the church. they give me hope.