Review of Religious Research

, Volume 57, Issue 1, pp 1–23 | Cite as

Emergent Church Practices in America: Inclusion and Deliberation in American Congregations

  • Ryan P. BurgeEmail author
  • Paul A. Djupe
Original Paper


In the last 15 years a small but growing movement organized under the label “emergent church” has begun to help push the church through what many of them believe to be the first careful steps that will usher in a new understanding of Christianity for the twenty-first century. An emergent church model is quite a radical one that prioritizes the agency of those in attendance to determine the beliefs and direction of the church. In this way, emergent churches, at least in theory, are radical deliberative democrats in orientation, which may have profound effects on how the church is run and how members view the church, each other, and society as a result. Using the first dataset known to acquire this identity of Protestant clergy, we assess whether emergent Christian clergy adhere to a different set of religious beliefs, values, and deliberative norms than those in the modern church.


Emergent church movement Emergent church Emerging church Deliberation Missional 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceEastern Illinois UniversityCharlestonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceDenison UniversityGranvilleUSA

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