I got thinking about this a bit from a statement that Tony Jones made saying that the emerging church will be missional. He talks about this in the context of church polity and government. His main thrust is that the emerging church must have a thin organizational chart in order to have thick relevance. Think Carl George.
I wonder if the emerging church will be missional or if the missional church will emerge. It's a little chicken and egg. It's also possibly limited. But it may be a way to know who is truly emergent and who is masked evangelicalism.
That is, I think one can test the emergence of any particular church/movement to see why it is emerging. Some possibilities may include: marketing, prosytltism, booming population, and missional posture.
Many churches will emerge. I think what needs to be said is that those which are emergent are missional in their reason for emerging.
I see missional as meaning relevantly engaging the world/culture and giving redemptive life away.
So, is a commercial ministry missional?
Is a Christian t-shirt missional?
Is James missional?
Are you missional?
If you aren't you die. Simple as that. You might look really alive. Really really alive.
But you and your religion are dead.