Fred Shope [South
Carolina] loosens his (bible) belt to make room for doughnut and
a step into the C21st.
welcome to our virtual coffee shop. Pull up a chair, take the load of
your feet. Let's chat.
who are you, where you from, what do you do in life?
Shope, from Rock Hill, South Carolina. Iím a middle school teacherís assistant
and an elder in a church that is struggling to transition into the 21st
I get you a drink? Cappucino, earl grey, dandelion and burdock, pale ale?
Since itís 10:30 in the morning here, I think Iíll go with a cappuccino.
you like a doughnut or pastry to go with that?
A doughnut sounds good.
if you had to describe the church/project/experiment/thingy you are currently
involved with in one sentence, what would that sentence be?
Iím part of a church in the Bible Belt of the U.S. trying to influence
the church to a more emerging direction.
you an instigator? / new recruit? / have absolutely no recollection of
how you got involved?
I guess I could be considered a new recruit. I was introduced to the emerging
conversation almost two years ago. Iíve since been reading a lot of authors
and bloggers, trying to figure out how all of this fits with my faith
and my ministry
do you value most about being part of it?
The openness and community, and the willingness to question things that
were the ďaccepted wisdomĒ for so long.
excites you most about it?
I believe the emerging church is the next work of the Spirit to revolutionize
the Church, sort of a new Reformation.
anyone ever turned up out of the blue not knowing what to expect?
What did they say?
Not that I can recall.
words that describe your attitude to 'being church' in the big wide world:
Love, honesty, action
words that DON'T:
Judgement, buildings, organizations
have this weird dream - you meet Jesus face to face.
Where does it happen, what does he say to you?
Weíre on top of a mountain and Jesus says, ďI love you and accept you
more than you can know. Now, I want you to show that love to those you
come in contact with.Ē
the big secret you're itching to share with everyone?
Thatís Godís grace is wider and deeper than we can imagine.
would your 'emerging church survival kit' contain?
A laptop so I can keep up with emerging sites, books by N.T. Wright, Phillip
Yancey, Brennan Manning
else you'd like to share with us before you have to rush off?
A phrase that sticks in my mind from an old Jewish saying Ė Cover yourself
in the dust of your Rabbi.
Good to see you. Have a good day!