Monday, October 22, 2007

Summary of Francis A. Schaeffer Lecture Series -1-

The Emerging Church: Discerning a Missional Milieu
Covenant Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
Friday and Saturday, October 19-20, 2007

Since Covenant students could attend this lecture for credit, I have included relevant portions of the syllabus and schedule of the lectures.

Schedule for Friday
10:00am -- Chapel - An Interview with Darrin Patrick
7:00 - 9:45pm -- The History and Streams of the Emerging Church; Popular Terms of The Emerging Church (featuring TeamPyro's Emergent-see Pomotivators); Q & A with Darrin Patrick

Schedule for Saturday
8:30am -- An Emerging Church worship experience
10:30am -- Emerging Church: The Ugly, the Bad, and the Good
12:00pm -- Lecture Series concludes for general public
12:15pm -- Lunch and Q & A session with Darrin Patrick (limited only to students taking course for academic credit)

Required readings:
Listening to the Beliefs of the Emerging Churches (Robert Webber)
Velvet Elvis (Rob Bell)

Recommended reading:
Sex God (Rob Bell)
Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures (Gibbs and Bolger)

In addition to attending the lectures, students are required to complete a four-part project which includes the following:
1. Attend a worship service at The Journey and complete evaluation questions.
2. Evaluate the two books required for this course.
3. Complete lecture evaluations.
4. Make suggestions about how the emerging church conversation could contribute to local church/denomination to be more missional.

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