‘Loose’ Emergent churches to add more structure

Board as safety net, not top of pyramid
The Emergent church movement—activities so loosely organized by design that many proponents call it the “Emergent conversation”—has succumbed to its own growing popularity and named its first national director.

Or rather, make that “national coordinator,” according to a second, later news release last month by the overwhelmingly volunteer organization, which prides itself on being nonhierarchical.

The movement, which seeks to encourage theological insights and a social conscience within a postmodern culture, has had at least a minimal structure in order to qualify as a tax-exempt organization. Its leaders say it has attracted interest from mainline and evangelical Protestants alike, as well as Catholics.


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