Friday, September 26, 2008

Tom Sine...

It was an interesting start to the evening; stood outside a very well locked up inner city church wondering if we were in the right place to hear Tom Sine. Five of us sensibly getting there early just in case we didn't get in. We didn't have much to worry about! Eventually some life and Tom and his hosts arrive and we are let in together with a young dread locked boy seemingly looking for community and warmth. Gradually a small crowd joins us and we introduced to parts of his new book The New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed at a Time.

His thing is definitely that of being a friendly voice to the emerging church, championing a new generation of innovators, risk takers and entrepreneurs, those he perceives God is doing something new through. He used Strictly Ballroom to make the point that this new generation are "fed up of dancing other people's steps" and with this motivation these new conspirators engage with the emerging crisis facing church through innovative missional expressions of church in what he calls four streams.
  • emerging
  • missional
  • mosaic {multi-cultural}
  • monastic
Tom Sine is what he would call a futurist - someone who looks into what future trends will mean for the church and he painted a disturbing picture of current and future economic and the consequent demands and opportunities for the church.

I think I would have liked to have heard more about life after the emerging church has emerged! With each generation deconstructing the generation before what will a deconstructed em. ch look like? I wanted to get a insight to how church will look like with deeper definitions of gospel and evangelism. I wanted to know what had happened to the young dread locked boy who seemingly had slipped out while I was fascinated with the fact that the slides were being remotely controlled by someone's mobile phone via blue tooth!!

Sine, T. (2008). The New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed at a Time

1 comment:

Johnny said...

Tom was on top form at MOOT as well, Gordon.