We had a nice visit with my parents this weekend.
Dad and I had an interesting visit about church stuff. He was an elder in his denomination most of my life.
Actually we were talking about clothes and not dressing up very often anymore. He is a retired accountant, so he doesn't dress up as often as he used to. (Although my mom irons his blue jeans!)
He is the treasurer for the regional meeting of his denomination which is mostly pastors. I mentioned that he probably still dresses up for those meetings.
He remarked that they had become more casual and commented about one young pastor who wears a knit cap during their meetings. This completely blew my image of their denomination.
This is what I pictured their meetings looking like.
Not this. Dad explained that this guy is the pastor of a church plant that is "a little different." My ears were perked. I started grilling him about the church, how the denomination felt about it, and his own personal feelings about it.
This church had a second anniversary celebration recently that Dad and Mom attended.
"So, what was it like?"
"Well, we didn't really fit in there. It was different than what we're used to."
"Different? Like how?"
"It was evening, and they didn't turn the lights on. So it was pretty dark, and they just had candles lit everywhere. They had a band in front, and the band got pretty wild a couple of times."
For some reason I had never imagined my parents attending an emergent-type gathering.
Anyway, I was impressed that he wasn't really critical, he just couldn't relate. In fact, he said this young pastor seemed to be sincere and had a good heart.
I quizzed him a little more about changes in the denomination and other "non-typical" church plants trying to get a feel for where they stood with postmodern, emerging ideas.
He nevered mentioned the "e" word.
The only adjective he seemed to know to describe it was contemporary.
It was interesting hearing his point of view, realizing that the emerging conversation isn't necessarily relevant to him, and that's okay.