I've been thinking further on the theme of the connection between old and new forms of Church. There's a lot of talk about the kind of innovative 'party church' or house-group churches run by people like TallSkinnyKiwi, Alan Creech and many others; there's lots of good stuff going on there. And there is another whole raft of people - me included - who have experimented with 'new forms' and ended up doing the 'emerging' thing within the context of the traditional, or institutional Church.
But in both old forms and new there is suspicion and resistance about the form of Church that 'we are not'. Traditional churches have always had their die-hards who wouldn't countenance anything new. But there is also a tangible (and understandable) antipathy towards the traditional church among some proponents of Emerging/Emergent - often because it was bad experiences of church that pushed them not only into Emerging church, but into an independent setting as well.
For me, 'Emerging'
within the context of a trad setting has at least 2 purposes -
There are good and bad renditions of both old and new forms. I long to see the visionaries, the pastors, the theologians, the teachers and the artists in both old and new connect up and share their treasures. We'll all be richer if we do. But in both old and new forms of Church we need to resist the temptation to tribalism (the belief that only we have the right way of doing it) which is death to any church community. Maybe, to subvert St Paul's phrase, we need to be "In the church, but not of it..."