Many people think that the emerging movement was started by a bunch of disgruntled young people who want to be in a hip environment with couches and candles. Not so. The emerging church movement was started by Leadership Network (Bob Buford) in the mid ninties. At that time, Leadership Network hired Doug Pagitt, Mark Driscoll, then brought on Brian McLaren and some others. If you want to really understand the truth behind the emerging church, spend some time on Leadership Network’s website. Here are a few links to help you get around:
Alliance Partners of Leadership Network, includes Zondervan, Church Communication Network (CCN – Be Still conference), and Lifeway (Southern Baptist Convention – yes they are behind the emerging church movement too.
Also read our article: Leadership Network Launched the Emerging Church