I sincerely believe that it takes different kinds of churches to reach different kinds of people. One type of church that has appeared recently is the emergent church. I won't try to describe what an emergent church is, but most are urban, skewed toward young adults (although others are not excluded), draw on many aspects of the Christian heritage for worship, and tend to be relational and experiential.
Emergent churches bring a new edge to the Christian movement. We could use a few in the CBF movement! The catch is, do emergent church planters and leaders want to relate to any institution, even one as loosely structured as CBF?
Emergent leaders tend to be very entrepreneurial. They already have a vision of what they want to accomplish and a way to get there. So do they want coaches? Probably not. Are they looking for funding? In most cases, no. They are a bit afraid of the "ties that bind" and are afraid that this will be selling out.
What do they need then? I think they need relationships. They need friends with a different point of view who are willing to dialogue with them about what it means to be church. They need colleagues who recognize that we are all doing kingdom work. They need encouragers to say, "Go for it."
In reality, maybe we need them more than they need us. They are the scouts out on the new frontier of postmodern culture. They may well challenge us to follow in their steps as pioneers on the new frontier.
Do you know anyone doing an emergent ministry? What's your relationship like?