School of Religion
Religion: Youth Ministries; Religion: Pastoral Ministries; Religion: Biblical Studies
Christianity, postmodern, postmodernism, emergent, church, youth, ministry
Biblical Studies | Christian Denominations and Sects | Christianity | Missions and World Christianity | New Religious Movements | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Systematic/Doctrinal Theology
Within the past twenty years, the Church (especially in America) has experienced dwindling membership and attendance, along with a host of other problems. Many of these problems are symptomatic of a massive cultural shift toward postmodernism, leading to discontentment with the Church. In attempting to respond to these challenges, the emergent Church has arisen as a major element of American religious culture. Their methodology and doctrine is heavily influenced by postmodernism, which presents a further challenge for Christian leaders and ministers. This paper will survey the challenges facing the Church, will describe the emergent Church’s origin and response to these challenges, and will suggest a Church ministry paradigm that answers the challenges of postmodernism while preserving the integrity of the Gospel message.
Biblical Studies Commons, Christian Denominations and Sects Commons, Christianity Commons, Missions and World Christianity Commons, New Religious Movements Commons, Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion Commons, Systematic/Doctrinal Theology Commons