The Site Today
This site is focused on how people can enhance their lives spiritually, mentally and physically. Often folk get so obsessed with their latest craze that they often say that they will stick ‘religiously’ to their program of whatever it is they are focused on at the time. We believe that God is still an element in their passion and commitment though this factor may be acting sub-consciously.
As God is meant to be ‘Everywhere’ why not allow people to experience his presence without actually going to church! Of course all religions’ leaders want people to attend their formal gatherings, as the status quo says it should be. Time will tell but we believe that self-development programs, covering mental, spiritual and physical aspects of a person’s day to day life are also part of God’s mysterious process/plan.
An old definition of ‘Emerging Worship’ can be found here
Emerging Worship Site History
The Emerging Worship Initiative was a movement spearheaded by the Office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. The group, which consisted of professors, ministers and denominational staff from the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Canada, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, began to frame a discussion designed to give a more full expression of Emerging Worship.
They believed they were living in a time of overwhelming spiritual curiosity. However, there were few signs of people flocking to churches for spiritual fulfillment. In fact, many people were leaving the church in search of deeper rituals and more mystery…
In an attempt to attract spiritual “seekers” many churches turned to novel forms of worship. However experimentation with worship forms created great tension among the church’s faithful — some even declared a worship war! … There were deep disagreements over worship style, music, technology, space, time and generational differences. People often become polarized over issues that may have had little to do with worship that was authentically Christian.
They believed the time was ripe for church leaders to use the momentum created by the current worship controversies to deepen worship education in their congregations. This was an extraordinary teachable moment for worship reform and renewal.