What started with Presbymergent has since morphed into baptimergent, anglimergent, submergent (really baptisty/ they keep you under water longer), methomergent and moved on to AGmergent, luthermergent, reformergent and Covergent (Quakers) before getting to inclusivEmergent and the ultimate designation queermergent (which has gotten Tony Jones lots of crap).
After coming across the last 2 subgroups, I went out seeking the lesser know ones. So, here are some of the lesser known Mergent* groups...
for emerging churchers that still like the KJV (or guys with tats of 1611 KJV on their backs, along with Celtic crosses).
the fine line between Relevant magazine, cool churches with smoke machines, killer bands and hot java, but little theology and the Emerging church conversation. These guys like being cool, but they like poor people (kinda). They will do whatever it takes to make Emergent cooler (get rid of the theology, all the talk about post-Colonialism and start dressing better). These people like Rob Bell, but don't really get Rob Bell (they just like the glasses and video).
I believe God wants me to be rich, maybe.. so I can help the poor after increasing my territory and believing God gives back tenfold. These guys already have television show and network in the works. "Prosperity and poverty in paradox" is their motto.
get rid of the Burka and plug in the amps! Pray 5 times a day, but sneak in some Sufism and Judaism along with your own tradition.
just like Emergent with less Jesus (who they think is very cool) and more candles (seriously... amazing, isn't it?). Rob Bell is thinking of converting.
For those that love tradition. I mean, LOVE tradition, yet embrace modernity. This is a very small group made up of converts to Orthodoxy from other traditions.
actually all members of Emergent are secretly in this group. Yup, you were right about us.
Can you like John Piper and Brian McLaren? yes you can. You can believe the substitionary theory of the atonement is one of many, but the only one.
new magazine spotlighting Emerging Christian musicians like Cobalt Season, Derek Webb and the drummer from Jimmy Eat World.
for those that cannot stop whining about how bad the local church is and how no one will ever understand how much pain and suffering they have incurred through Evangelicalism and fundamentalism (and their girlfriend) and how even the house church and Emergent worlds are hurtful. They are easy to spot because they never take off the hoodie and you cannot see their eyes.
Scientolergent (or Emergentology***)
Were the teachings of Jospeh Smith meant to be taken literally? Was Moroni a literal angel or a guy in the woods? Should Mormons return to their ancient faith, but with more black people? Should their missionaries dress snazzier and what does Tony Jones have to say when he comes to BYU?
not to be confused with Mermergent
Mermaids and Mermen that attended Brian McLaren's Everything Must Change tour stop in Atlantis. They are considering a merger with Shamergent. Big fans of the Porpoise Diving Life.
members of the shadowy Christian political operation running our government that don't really believe in Empire... but still want to run one in the near future.
* a few of these are real
**OR stands for Oral Roberts, in case you did not know
***after this exercise, I ran across this. However, I refused to stop my list.