EMERGING VALUES ~ COMMUNITY
A bare bones definition of community is that bond and belonging expressed and lived out by men and women who share a common life together, in essence to commune, and come together in intentional relationship.
The Christian life is not lived in isolation, although much of Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism has been interpreted and applied to mean “isolation from the world.” We are to live in the world and not be a part of all its spirit and oppressive system. Those in the emerging church live in relational, redemptive, counter-revolutionary community, walking together with those of like heart and mind, as agents of truth, grace and life and compassion. We are an extended family, where we each contribute to the benefit of the whole, and for the betterment of all, within and without.
To be an emerging Christian community implies relationship in Christ’s life, and in His mission. This means that as a community, Christians need to engage in God’s mission to redeem the world and those in it, which includes issues of economic and social justice, and not just “saving lost souls.” It is a community that identifies with the oppressed and the persecuted, and is inclusive of those in need. It is a community that embraces those who are opposed to Christ and His Kingdom, and which risks rejection, misunderstanding, and persecution. This is the cost of being a relational redemptive counter-revolutionary community within the Kingdom of God.