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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 “emerging church� 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 “radically nontraditional worship� that appeals to a young crowd, said Scott Thumma , a scholar at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut who studies megachurches.

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