Worldview/Church History: 4 Emerging Churches


This week for my worldview class, my teacher had us watch a couple videos.  One was a Nooma video by Rob Bell, about trusting in God through the storms of life, the other was by Mark Driscoll, where he talked about his views on what he calls the four lanes of Emerging churches.

The Rob Bell video was done well, with a good intro that set a comforting mood, and a positive theme.  It was appealing to me that Bell started his conversation with a story that served as an analogy to a certain aspect of the Christian life.  He talked about him and his son being caught in a storm, and the comfort that he had to give his terrified young son in that time.  This, Bell says, is like what God does to us, comforting us in the hard times and holding us close.

Now, although this was a good message, I would not rely on that instead of going to church.  Bell did not give an application to life or incorporate the gospel into his message very well.  Also, it is important to have a church family to be in fellowship with, so although I think that the video I saw was good, I wouldn’t replace the church experience with it.

Next, I watched the Mark Driscoll’s video on the four different churches, and he mentioned Rob Bell in his lecture.  Driscoll says that there are four types of emerging churches, three of which he thinks stay on the right doctrinal path, whereas the fourth goes off a bit.

The first type church, the Emerging Evangelicals, is pretty much the original evangelical church updated a bit.  This church tries to be more relevant to the culture while still holding to most traditional doctrine.

The second type of church is the House Church of Evangelicals, this type of church, Driscoll says, has good doctrine, but rejects the typical big church with a pastor.  This church thinks it is better to meet in smaller groups.

The third type of church is the Emerging Reformed church.  This type of church holds to reformed theological positions, but wants to be more relevant to the culture.  This church is especially concerned with missions in daily life.  I would say that this is the view that my church holds.

The last type of church, the Emergent Liberal church, is the church that Driscoll says has gone off the road a bit.  They call into question foundational Christian doctrine and dodge the difficult questions.  Some of these churches don’t hold to the whole Bible, says Driscoll, but only take some of it.

If I was to make a church, I would base it on the Bible, making sure that it holds to the infallibility of the scriptures, the doctrines of hell and heaven, the doctrine of salvation, the supremacy of God, the Trinity, etc.  I would probably lean more toward the reformed view, since that is more  what I see from the scriptures.  I would definitely say that my church should be culturally relevant and missions minded, and hold fast to prayer and service.  My church would most likely not be perfect, but what church is?