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Pastor Buzz Trexler's blog for God's people in The Meadow.

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Name: Buzz Trexler
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Journalist for 29 years; married to Donna for 28 years; parent of David, 27, and Elizabeth, 24; pastor of Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa since 2002.

Friday, December 03, 2004

United Methodism and the Emerging Church

Wow! Was I surprised!

Some of you may know that I have a huge interest in the topics of the emerging church and postmodern faith.

As the previous post notes, when I am not perusing sermon material, or course of study requirements, I can generally be found reading books on those subjects -- particularly in the area of worship. So it is that when visiting the General Board of Discipleship's Worship site recently while exploring various liturgy for Advent, I noticed a new area: Emerging Church.

In subsequent e-mail discussions with Daniel Benedict, who fairly well administers that area on the Web, he asked if I would write a little something on what we are experiencing at Green Meadow (aka, The Meadow), particularly how we try to link worship and the missional aspect of discipleship. While I probably didn't do the best or most comprehensive job (I was still recovering from a tooth extraction), I think it will be interesting to see how people answer the questions Dan poses at the end of the write-up.

Check it out at www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp Click on the link that says "Emergent Church: The Meadow."

The best thing I can say right now is this: Thanks be to God for a congregation that is open to taking risks for the sake of Jesus Christ, while experiencing faith and discipleship in a different way.

Grace and peace ...