Alan Hirsch Quote

When asked about the phase “emerging church” in the Australian context, Alan Hirsch said,

We find the phase actually now singularly unhelpful. We are tending to drop it ourselves, or when we use it, [its] with [the word] missional attached to it. That is what we are more on about, like the church becoming a missionary agency and thinking like missionaries in our own context.

8 Responses to “Alan Hirsch Quote”

  1. rick, where did you see that quote?

  2. Rick Meigs says:

    Stephen: It is from his recent radio interview. See my post here.

  3. Paul Walker says:

    I think the phrase ’emerging church’ is perhaps becoming passe in …uhm… emerging circles :) But I still it has currency in the typical church setting – most of my congregation aren’t seeing it as overused or unhelpful (yet!)

    The positive thing is that it speaks of movement, a changing evolving entity – not something static and institutional. In other words something that never gets ‘set in stone’ – in that way I think it is helpful

  4. Rick Meigs says:

    Paul… Thanks for noting the positive.

    In the interview just before making this comment, Alan notes that the European, American and Australian use of the phase are somewhat different. He was only speaking from the Australian context.

  5. robbymac says:

    Preach on, Brother Hirsch! You get an “amen” from the Canadian corner!

  6. alan hirsch says:

    Hi guys, picked up the link. Just to clarify, I do not mean to diminish the emerging church movement, I mainly wanted to say that its primary concerns are not my own, or the ones of my tribe (Forge). I think ithe general discussion has become a side-alley to the real issues that we have to deal with.

  7. Rick Meigs says:

    Alan: Thanks for stopping in and commenting. I took your statement in the interview just the way you put it in your comment and I believe it is not an uncommon sentiment.

  8. Ken Fleck says:

    I have heard a lot about Alan Hirsch and his book “The Forgotten Ways”. For more info on living missional in Orange County and encouraging a generation of young christians to follow Jesus, check out my blog at