Let me ask you a question that requires a short answer: How do you gage the health of the church today? (I mean am I a radical for asking this question?)
The emerging church is defined in wikipedia as participants who seek to live their faith in what they believe to be a "postmodern" society. Proponents of this movement call it a "conversation" to emphasize its developing and decentralized nature, its vast range of standpoints and its commitment to dialogue. In other words, the "decentralization" of the church is going against all the traditions of the established.....really a non-traditional church that does not want to be held down by too many rules or "ways" of doing things.
Some Christian scholars, such as D. A. Carson, have characterized the emerging church movement as primarily a movement of protest in which participants are reacting against their more conservative heritage. These critics generally claim that emergent books and blogs are more preoccupied with this protest than they are with any genuinely constructive agenda.
On the other hand, the conservative evangelical church in most cases is the typical Southern Baptist Church that has been established for well over 20 years that has on average 80 in attendance. Some are called "fundamental", some are just "conservative", and some "moderate". Some don't even know who they are...they havent decided. The last 30-40 years as we have turned inward focusing on ourselves and our bank accounts and buildings instead of following God's plan, isnt it incredible that we have LOST OUR IDENTITY.
Come on, churches are dying...I believe 4 a day. Watered down sermons, lack of true biblical teaching, a non existant prayer ministry, no deep meaningful fellowship, programs, programs, faithfulness equals attendance, we have the nicest buildings, we must have $100,000 in our bank accounts, pastors who run the church like a business, etc.
The Emerging Church has become popular because you can attend there and not truly know what you believe in but you are truly part of something positive and popular. In alot of cases, the traditional conservative church has been steeped in our own traditions and we have been left behind...but will the TRUE church stand up............TO BE CONTINUED!! Sleepy Disciple