National Pastors Convention :


by Jeff Fountain

 the regional leader of Youth With A Mission in Europe :

Rick Warren : Creator of the Purpose-Driven paradigm, Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, one of America's largest and best-known churches

Dan Kimball : Designed for the post-Christian culture, Danís the pastor of Vintage Faith Church, in Santa Cruz

Brian McLaren : This acclaimed speaker is a prominent voice on postmodern thinking and he's the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Washington, D.C. area. Brian's the author of several books including More Ready Than You Realize and the revolutionary A New Kind of Christian

Robert Webber : Robert is professor of ministry at Northern Seminary, president of the Institute for Worship Studies, and Professor of Theology Emeritus at Wheaton College. This noted scholar speaks and writes extensively on the topic of worship renewal. He's the editor for The Complete Library of Christian Worship, and author of Planning Blended Worship and Ancient-Future Faith.

Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World: How should the church respond to the decline of modernity and the rise of postmodernism? Some are trying to hold on to the last vestiges of modern thinking, hoping through perseverance to affect a world that is, to a large extent, unable to even respond to modern conceptions. Others are eager to accept postmodern ideas and concepts, thus forcing Christian thought and doctrine to change for a new era. And still others, including Robert Webber, feel that the future of the church lies in its past. Webber argues, in Ancient-Future Faith, that the best answer to postmodernism is the ancient, orthodox Christian faith developed in the first centuries of Christianity. He looks at what he calls the six paradigms of Christian history. In each paradigm, the church faced specific cultural and social challenges. It was the response to these challenges which formed the basis of how the church presented itself to that particular culture and time. The six paradigms are: the formation of the church out of the Jewish culture and religious context; the ancient or classical (100-600 AD); the Medieval (600-1500); the Reformation (1500-1750); the modern (1750-1980); the postmodern (1980-the present).

A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey By: Brian D. McLaren : For all who feel "burned out" on church comes a heartwarming tale of spiritual renewal, relevant for today's confusing, divisive world. Answers to life's pressing spiritual questions unfold in this delightful fable chronicling a series of surprising, inspiring conversations between a minister and his daughter's science teacher. Grappling with his own dissatisfaction with Christianity, can a pastor discover truth from an unlikely source? 224 pages, hardcover from Wiley & Sons.

More Ready Than You Realize: Evangelism in a Postmodern Matrix By: Brian McLaren : Many people think that postmodern ideas and concepts mean the death of Christianity. Brian McLaren thinks those people are partially correct. The end of modernity does indeed mean the end of modern Christianity (Christianity as it was enfleshed in the modern mindset). But it does not mean that Christianity is finished. McLaren is confident that Christianity, once it has been freed from modern constraints, can once again be the vibrant, life-changing relationship (as opposed to religion) that it was originally intended to be. ... McLaren's call for spiritual friendship is at once innovative, and at the same time, remarkably timeless. It is innovative because "modern" evangelism often seems to be focused on ideas like conversion, conquest, war, proofs, arguments, etc., while spiritual friendship focuses, instead, on ideas like conversation, influence, and even dance, which is one of McLaren's favorite descriptions, as true dance has no winner or loser, but is, instead, an interactive experience in which both parties must cooperate.

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