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The Emerging Church: Vintage Christianity for New Generations [Paperback]

By Dan Kimball (Author), Rick Warren (Contribution by) & Howard Hendricks (Contribution by)
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Twenty-five years ago the evangelical church underwent a shift with the arrival of seeker-style churches. However, there are rumblings around the country that the generations in their teens, twenties, and thirties have changing perceptions and preferences. "The Emerging Church" addresses this change and provides practical ideas on how churches can adjust and be more effective to reach emerging generations. Graphs, charts, Appendix, and 2-color interior.

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Includes .Samples and photos of emerging church worship gatherings .Recommended resources for the emerging church The seeker-sensitive movement revolutionized the way we did church and introduced countless baby boomers to Jesus. Yet trends show that today s post-Christian generations are not responding like the generations before them. As we enter a new cultural era, what do worship services look like that are connecting with the hearts of emerging generations? How do preaching, leadership, evangelism, spiritual formation, and, most of all, how we even think of church need to change? The Emerging Church goes beyond just theory and gets into very practical ways of assisting you in your local church circumstances. There is no one right way, no model for us all to emulate. But there is something better. Dan Kimball calls it Vintage Christianity: a refreshing return to an unapologetically sacred, raw, historical, and Jesus-focused missional ministry. Vintage Christianity connects with emerging post-seeker generations who are very open spiritually but are not interested in church. For pastors, leaders, and every concerned Christian, Kimball offers a riveting and easy-to-grasp exploration of today s changing culture and gives insight into the new kind of churches that are emerging in its midst. Included is running commentary by Rick Warren, Brian McLaren, Howard Hendricks, and others."

Awards and Recognitions
The Emerging Church: Vintage Christianity for New Generations by Dan Kimball, Rick Warren & Howard Hendricks has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Christianity Today Book Award - 2004 Winner - Church/Pastoral Leaders category

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Emerging Church: Vintage Christianity for New Generations by Dan Kimball, Rick Warren & Howard Hendricks has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christianity Today - 10/01/2009 page 64
  • CBA Retailers - 03/01/2003 page 41

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Pages   266
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 7.31" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1.01 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 3, 2003
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  18
ISBN  0310245648  
ISBN13  9780310245643  
UPC  025986245641  

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More About Dan Kimball, Rick Warren & Howard Hendricks

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dan Kimball is the author of several books on leadership, church, and culture. He is on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California, and is a professor at George Fox University. He enjoys comic art, Ford Mustangs, and punk and rockabilly music. His passion is to see the church and Christians follow and represent Jesus in the world with love, intelligence, and creativity. His website and blog are at

Dan Kimball currently resides in the state of California.

Dan Kimball has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Emergentys

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Excellent explanation of the Emerging Church  Jan 11, 2007
I became interested in this subject when someone I know was going off on the evils of some new movement called the Emerging Church. I'd never heard of it, and I wasn't getting the sort of information I wanted by doing an online search. I ordered Dan Kimball's book, and I'm so glad I did!

This book does an excellent job of explaining what the Emerging Church is. It explains how our culture is moving from modern to post-modern, and it gives clear definitions and examples of each. This book helped me understand some of the things I've been seeing over the years with the teenagers I work with at church. There are trends I've been noticing, but I didn't really understand what was going on. This book addresses those very issues. It's a fascinating read, and I intend to pass on my copy to several of my fellow Christians.

I've come to the conclusion that this is not the evil movement someone was railing ignorantly against. This movement is one in which Christians are desperately trying to reach others in our multi-cultural society of "tolerance" in order to lead them to Christ. Sometimes we have to do things a little differently in order to achieve that goal.
Good introduction to emerging issues  Jan 9, 2007
Dan Kimball's main emphasis in The Emerging Church is that the methods that reached people in the past will not work to reach people that are a part of the emerging, or post-modern generations today. Kimball proposes what he refers to as "vintage Christianity," as that which is basic, raw, authentic Christianity; it is that which "post-seeker sensitive." The book is structure in two parts with part one describing the cultural shift from modernity to post-modernity, while part two give lots of practical guidelines to connecting with those that view the world from a post-modern mindset.

List strengths of book.
Good explanation of the short comings of a seeker-sensitive approach to ministry. The book is written is a very clear, straightforward manner. The book gives very helpful insight to understand why younger generations are not attracted to the church today. The book gives lots of examples and ideas for the church to create a church environment that would connect with post-moderns.
Overall the book is very practical.

List weaknesses of book.
At times Kimball's suggestions for change in the church seem more stylistic than substantive. I believe many that are a part of the emerging generations are looking for much more that changes in style, but they are looking for a fresh, more authentic expression of what it means to live the Christian life. While Kimball talks about being more missional, many of the examples are simply surface type of changes.
at least it respects scripture  Sep 4, 2006
I found "The Emerging Church" by Dan Kimball to be one of the more positive books in the forest of Christian postmodern books which have sprung up in recent years. In the opening sections Kimball does much to calm any fears we may have by calling us to examine all that we do and all that he writes in light of the scriptures. He explains very clearly the dangers of which lay within the emerging church to favour subjectivity over the scriptures. He does a good job of explaining his point of view and leaves one feeling his heart to reach the lost.

The book is divided into two sections. The first of which he describes the broad philosophy and heart of the movement which he sees himself as being a part of. He takes time to define the "emerging church" and to describe how it is different then the "modern church" only in that it is set in another culture; the heart is the same. In the second part, Kimball becomes much more practical. I found this section a little tedious and thought that it could have been shorter. Many of the things that are written there are not necessarily relevant just to "postmodern" people, they are good ideas for any church.

I found it a bit odd to have all the quotes from Rick Warren in there. It was almost as if he was there to either give his stamp of approval to alleviate any fears or to try and show that despite all the outward differences, the modern church and the emerging church are really on the same page. Are they? Perhaps. I also didn't get a whole lot out of what McLaren had to say. I either just didn't connect or thought that what he had to say was mere idealism. Having read some of McLaren before, I'm also surprised to see him in this book as I believe there are some real differences in beliefs between Kimball and McLaren regarding their views of scripture, hell and the atonement.

Kimball is doing a good work and would recommend this book as a fellow church planter trying to reach our to young people. It is to be taken in good measure though as food for thought rather than "this is the way it must be done". To complement this book I recommend Mark Driscoll's Reformation which has some valuable ideas as well as being very, very readable. Personally I'm a bit tiered of all the postmodern pandamonium.
Helped me understand the emerging church  Jul 10, 2006
This book finally has cleared up some of the confusion I have had about the emerging church. Unlike some of the other books I have tried reading, this one seems to make the most sense to someone like me who is fairly conservative, but not afraid of change. I love that there is commentary in this book from Rick Warren, Howard Hendricks, Brian McLaren too. I have read a lot of negative things about "emerging" this or that and I was impressed by the high degree of respect for theology and the Scriptures this book talks of and demonstrates throughout it. I may not be "emerging" in my church, but at least I now have a better grasp of what it is about and confidence that at least this author is theologically sound and cares about evangelism also.
This book is excellent , practical and challenging   Apr 29, 2006
What I love about this book is that it makes you look at church and culture but stays very solid biblically. Throughout the book the author constantly is pointing out how important it is to be looking at the Bible before thinking of making any changes. Such as preaching for emerging generations to be theo-centric (God centered) and not man-centered. The focus of making sure we teach theology and not just felt-need topics. The best part of the book is that it keeps asking the questions about what is the church and how we should be the church, and not just go to church. There are so many practical examples and ideas, but the book keeps saying that the emerging church is not a model and warns us not to just copy things from other churches or this book without thinking about what we are doing. Out of the books I have read on the emerging church this one has been the most useful for understanding the emerging church and give practical help for those of us in ministry.

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