Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Convergent Church- Missional Worshipers in an Emerging Culture

By author: Mark Liederbach Author: Alvin L. Reid

Description (from the Kregel Publications website):

This thought-provoking volume seeks to understand and evaluate the currents of the ecclesiastical scene. Authors Alvin Reid and Mark Liederbach combine the strengths of conventional Christianity with the best contributions of the emerging church to envision a “convergent” church. This new model attempts to move beyond the antipathy that has developed between conventional and emergent groups and urges Christians to honestly consider the best that each camp has to offer. Reid and Liederbach find biblical support for their new model of convergent Christianity in the ministry and teachings of the early Christians in Acts, and draw helpful parallels between the early church and the modern church.

Mark Liederbach (PhD, University of Virginia) is associate professor of Christian ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has authored several articles in books.

Alvin L. Reid (Ph.D., M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of evangelism, the Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism, and Associate Dean for Proclamation Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books, including Radically Unchurched, Raising the Bar, Introduction to Evangelism, and Evangelism for a Changing World.


Liederbach and Reid give an excellent and thorough overview of the Emergent, Convergent and traditional churches. Reading this book felt like listening to a series of interesting lectures at bible college. The writing is not light and fluffy but it IS easy to read and understand. This book is basically one big huge intense discussion on where the church is at right now and where they hope it is going. I'm not sure that I agree with everything the authors said but I DID appreciate their down to earth writing/teaching style.

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