I’m a newbie on the site. I apologize in advance for any liberties I take in this or any other posting I make.
With that said, I’ll be honest in proclaiming that the whole “emerging church” issue is somewhat of a moot point. In truth, there is nothing new under the sun as far as the church goes (even a Christian Internet forum like this is just a more instantaneous version of letters that would have been shuttled from place to place.) All this talk of models, techniques, community, and such are a smokescreen for the one thing lacking in most American Churches and the lives of people who show up in them weekly: a real presence of the Spirit of God.