The Emerging Church: Vintage Christianity for New Generations
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Dan Kimball realizes that connecting with postmodern people requires more than a revitalized program or a rejuvenated worship team. For this reason Kimball provides both a helpful exploration of postmodern culture and practical ideas on how churches can reach the postmodern, emerging generations. You might find it helpful to read this book in conjunction with Brian McLaren's A New Kind of Christian.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 9.25 X 7.38 (inches)
ISBN: 0310245648
ISBN-13: 9780310245643
UPC: 025986245641

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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.

Author Bio

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


As founding pastor of Saddleback Church with his wife, Kay, Dr. Rick Warren leads a 30,000-member congregation in California with campuses in major cities around the world. As an author, his book The Purpose Driven Life has been called the bestselling non-fiction hardback in publishing history by Publishers Weekly, having sold more than 33 million copies. As a theologian, he has lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, University of Judaism, and dozens of universities and seminaries. As a global strategist he advises world leaders and has spoken to the United Nations, US Congress, Davos Economic Forum, TED, Aspen Institute, and numerous parliaments. Rick has also founded the Global PEACE Plan, which Plants churches of reconciliation, Equips leaders, Assists the poor, Cares for the sick, and Educates the next generation in 196 countries. You can listen to Pastor Rick’s Daily Hope, his daily 25-minute audio teaching, or sign up for his free daily devotionals at


     <P>Brian D. McLaren (MA, University of Maryland) is an author, speaker, activist and public theologian. After teaching college English, Brian pastored Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area. Brain has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors for over 20 years. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings in the US and internationally.</P>  
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  1. Matt
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    February 20, 2008
    Dan writes about the emergent church and tells of his own experience in Santa Cruz. There are many good things in the book, but in the end its not all that different in regards to church. Dan calls for a return to "Vintage Christianity." Sounds great, but he doesn't go far enough and doesn't really rethink church. An analogy of what this book does: takes the wheel and puts low-profile tires and mag-rims on it...looks better, but it's still a wheel. In other words Vintage Faith Church is still the system of church-as-we-know-it; like it's been for 1700+ years. To really rethink church I recommend Going To The Root by Christian Smith (now very rare and expensive).
  2. Wes
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 10, 2006
    Excellent. I can't say enough about this book. Kimball has his finger on the pulse of what communicates to the emerging culture. Read this book, but beware, this is not a blueprint of how to do this or that.
  3. David R. Bess
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 11, 2005
    David R. Bess
    I'm a little disappointed with some of the negative reviews here. This book does nothing to dilute Christian theology, but instead seeks to offer new methodology to meet the needs of younger generations. So many of the titles on the market today are addressed towards builders and boomers, while this book focuses more on busters and bridgers (youngest generations).Kimball doesn't insist that everyone follow his particular methodologies here, he just offers new ideas for previously unreached people.I recommend this book highly, especially to worship planners. The insights it gives are extremely helpful insight for reaching post-modern worshippers These folks are becomingly increasing common in our world today.This volume is simply great!
  4. Andrew Fetter
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 10, 2004
    Andrew Fetter
    An amazing book that actually doesn't just tell church leaders what to do, but how to do it. A great read for anyone interested in making small changes in the way in which we do church so that in 20 years we are relevant and not sacrificing new sacred cows. Read it and make sure you have a highlighter!!
  5. Tom Bullinger
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 3, 2003
    Tom Bullinger
    I read this book and it spoke about the very things I have been feeling, but couldn't explain. Our churches need change if we are serious about reaching emerging generations, and this book gives very practical examples and ideas of how church is changing. I also was pretty amazed at seeing Rick Warren and Brian McLaren both writing forewords in this and commentary.
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