More emerging press coverage.
To Nathanael Allison , Sunday worship means dropping in at a Greek restaurant where the congregation looks like a Starbucks crowd, the service is ad-libbed, and the minister preaches evangelical Christianity minus the trappings of the modern megachurch.
Stripped-down Christianity is the goal of the decade-old â€œemerging churchâ€? movement that spurns the model of jumbo congregations, corporate-sized staffs and choreographed services.
With no central leadership or denomination, the movement is hard to measure, and emerging churches can differ widely. But most offer â€œradically nontraditional worshipâ€? that appeals to a young crowd, said Scott Thumma , a scholar at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut who studies megachurches.