Toward a Hopeful Future | Why the Emergent Church is Good News for Mainline Congregations (Snider & Bowen)


Snider and Bowen, co-pastors of Brentwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Springfield, Missouri, a formerly graying congregation, provide a much-needed emerging resource that will benefit both progressive mainliners who value inclusivity, diversity, and social justice as well as emergents seeking a point of entry into progressive mainline traditions.

The book grew from the authors’ successful progressive worship service—“The Awakening”—which has attracted a surge of young adults and young families to Brentwood. It offers connections among 1) prophetic biblical traditions; 2) progressive mainliners; 3) emergents; and 4) postmodern theory.  It provides progressive communities of faith worship reflections and resources that will help them connect with emerging generations.

Phil Snider is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He holds an M.Div. from Phillips Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Emily Bowen earned her M.Div. from Phillips Theological Seminary. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).


Paperback: 296 pages (5.5 x 8.5 in.)