Where Are The Pentecostal/Charismatic Emerging Church Leaders?

While the emerging church (EC) tends to focus on different areas, one of the main emphases is on the life and ministry of Jesus. This means that the EC crowd tends to place a high priority on the Gospels then on Paul’s letters. It also means that they try to model their lives after Jesus:  fellowshipping with the outcast, loving the unlovable, hanging out outside the religious establishment, etc.

However, this emphasis on Jesus’ life leaves me asking an important question:

Do they pray for the sick, cast out demons, raise the dead and see other sings and wonders? Or do emerging folks tend to be cessationist? If not, then where are the Pentecostal and Charismatic emerging church leaders?

I ask because in all my reading this spring, I have heard nothing on this topic. Yet, if postmodernism is a worldview shift, then the Pentecostal/Charismatic church would need to change along with the Evangelical and Mainline churches. So, where are the Pentecostal/Charismatic emerging church leaders?

6 Comments

  1. your argument is not valid;
    A does not equal B
    are you failing to find leadership or powerful ministry?

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  2. I have to confess, I don’t know what you are talking about… what argument is not valid? =/

    As far as leadership, yes – I am failing to find anyone in the emerging church who is taking about things of the Spirit. All I’m hearing about is folks who are contextualizing the biblical message and how one does church into a postmodern culture – nothing about praying for the sick, prophecy or anything like that….

    So I’m asking, where are those people? Are they out there? or is there something else going on?

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  3. Your post seemed to equate powerful, Spirit filled ministry with leadership. While those who lead should be led by God and His Spirit so you might argue a Spirit filled ministry is needed for leadership it is most diffidently not limited to leaders and in itself is not a basis for being a leader. Thus the two are not equal, which is what it sounded like the post was suggesting.

    What do you qualify as the “Emerging Church”? We see powerful Spirit filled ministry all the time with all the parts you listed, well it has been a few years since I knew anyone who was raised from the dead, I think, but the rest is fairly standard and getting more so by the day.

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  4. wow… I defiantly did not mean to convey that message.

    Allow me to rephrase things a bit. I am using the term the “emerging church” to refer to the movement that begin in the late 1980’s to early 1990’s – coming to it’s fullness between 2000 and 2010. It is a movement that started as a reaction to modernity as seen through the eyes of a postmodern cultural worldview. Promotes of the emerging church include Dan Kimball, Tony Jones, Brian McLaren, and Andrew Jones.

    As such, when I ask where are the “Pentecostal/Charismatic emerging church leaders?” – I am in effect asking where are the authors, speakers, front people in the emerging church movement that talk about living a Spirit filled life. Most of the authors currently writing and leading this new movement do not talk about the Holy Spirit – instead they speak of the way postmodernist read the Bible, do church, engage the culture, etc.

    Does that help?

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  5. Great question!

    Make sure to inject this into the upcoming conversation at Jason Clark’s blog. At some point there is to be a series on re-imagining evangelicalism, and I think you have hit on an interesting observation.

    As someone who is deeply influenced by the emerging church conversation, and yet commited to the Vineyard, I too, wonder how this will play out. The emerging church is in many ways functionally cessationist…

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