When is the Church no longer emerging? When have we emerged? Because once we emerge we can actually get a name right?
If you haven't thought about it the Church has gone though "emergances" about every 500 years. Think about it, 500 years ago the reformation, 500 years before that the Great Scism, 500 years before that the council of Chalcedon, and so on. Every 500 years it seems that the Church rethinks where its going. As of right now we are in the middle of that rethinking.
But these are some questions I've been working though as of late. At what point are we no longer in this transitional period? And, are we ever out of it for that matter? Further, are we going to name this movement outside of "emergent" or "emerging". Because if you think about it "emergent" and "emerging" are transitional words for something that is coming into a state of being. When have we reached that state?
Its interesting because we try to label the "emerging church" but in reality we cant label it in terms of styles, because the emerging church is so diverse in its stylings. That is what makes this movement so different from movements of the past. We are no longer concerned with finding a cookie cutter church model that fits in all areas, but more focused on bringing the kingdom of God into our contexts. That looks different in every area geologically and sociologically. Maybe we should be calling this the "ecumenical movement" or "the really diverse movement with no real name".
With that said I do recognize that there are some values that more emergent people share. Such as a greater sense of community, acceptance, kingdom mentality, and recognition of social injustice. At the same time we are really diverse because we have people like Mark Driscoll, and then people like Rob Bell. Both considered emergent but very opposing in thought.
So what do you think? When have we arrived? Do we ever really arrive? What should this movement be called?