As I was reading some of the replies to Taylor's email about the prospective emergentumc gathering, I noticed that mention was made of the Congress on Evangelism and the workshops related to emerging/postmodern stuff. For those of you copied-in on my reply to Taylor's email, I'm sorry to be repetitious here; but, I'm one of those presenters, and I'd love to hear (read) your thoughts on what you'd like to see us cover. Here's the brochure description of the workshop I'll be presenting:
The world is changing. Changes in technology (communication, information, transportation) and changes in culture (media, merchandising) both reflect and shape changes in the ways people think … and understand … and believe. We live at the confluence of two streams of thought: modern thought (predicated on notions of objective truth and characterized by the scientific method) and postmodern thought (in which modernism’s method – skepticism – is applied to modernism’s premise). What does that mean for folks who take evangelism seriously? The thought-worlds of the “modern” and “postmodern” eras are colliding, and it is in the midst of this intellectual and cultural havoc that we make our proclamation. Drawing upon the hard earned lessons of our missionary brothers and sisters in cross-cultural contexts, this workshop will explore the challenge of sharing the gospel out of one thought-world and into another. This workshop is designed with three objectives in mind: a simple orientation to the issues and vocabulary of postmodern thought and the emerging church, an honest conversation about the fears, hopes, and misunderstandings that have arisen in recent years, and an exploration of evangelistic possibilities and priorities at the confluence of these two streams of thought.
If there are "things you'd hate for me to leave out" and have suggestions for any of the three sections -- orientation (issues, vocaulary), conversation (fears, hopes, misunderstandings), exploration (possibilities, priorities) -- please pass them along. I've been having this same conversation with a couple of close friends in north Georgia, and I find collaborative efforts, even when challenging, to be generative. Thanks.