Doug Pagitt is widely known as primary cofounder (with Tony Jones) of the emerging church, a movement that responded to stasis in the traditional church. He is pastor of Solomon's Porch, a congregation in Minneapolis that focuses on addressing human needs in the neighboring community and facilitating a more personal encounter with God. He is also host of Doug Pagitt Radio and the author of several books, including "A Christianity Worth Believing, Body Prayer, "and" Evangelism in the Inventive Age." Pagitt and his wife, Shelley, live in Minneapolis.
Reviews - What do customers think about Church Re-Imagined: The Spiritual Formation of People in Communities of Faith (Emergentys)?
Not a method, but a great direction in which to move... Jan 13, 2006
This is a retitling of the earlier-released "Re-Imagining Spiritual Formation."
It may be that you are coming to realize that the program-driven, "what can you do for me now" consumer approach to Christianity is quickly becoming unworkable. Sure... it may seem still to be reaching many... but where are all your 18-30 year olds? Many are at churches like Solomon's Porch and other emerging communities which are doing their best to walk away from the "provider of religious goods and services" paradigm for church and get back to being covenant communities.
Pagitt, and you gotta love the guy- he'll anger you, inspire you and humble you... all in one sentence- provides a glimpse into how their community does it. It's not a program, not a blue-print, don't think you can xerox it... but it may inspire you to do something beyond the "seeker" paradigm (which often doesn't seem to draw many seekers) you've leaned on... but are finding less and less workable all the time.
In Church Re-Imagined, Doug Pagitt draws a picture of covenant community for us, a picture many of us have longed to see in our churches for quite a while now...