...because, she goes on to say, she does not write about or promote
She described three axes in our present world: liberal—conservative, established—intentional and modern—post-modern.
The liberal—conservative axis is self-explanatory.
The established—intentional axis is about the cultural styles (world views) in congregations. For example, at one time it was thought that the church is the building. Now it is more often thought of as the people. A generational change started in the 60s which resulted in what Bass calls an “intentional” style…a place in which new cultural wine can be poured and kept.
She suggested that we are now in a major “sea change” or paradigm shift that seems to take place every 500 years. In 1000BC it was the Davidic kingdom, 500BC was the Babylonian exile, 0 was Jesus, 500AD was the fall of Rome, around 1000AD, The Great Schism (the split between the Eastern and Western Christian Church), 1500AD was the Reformation. Around 2000 we’re dealing with the painful and confusing move from a modernist worldview to a post-modern one.
This has resulted in the Emerging (or Emergent) Church movement.
If St Barnabas and parishes like us are to "emerge" from behind ways that "hide" us from the people around us, we must, with the LORD's help, read our local post-modern setting and then engage it in new ways using the time-honoured spiritual practices and traditions of our Church.