Wow, I only recently learned that there was an “emerging church” (as opposed to the Church emerging from wherever it has been hiding), and now I discover (from Ecelctic Itchings) that there is an Emerging/Missional divide!
The problem with Western theology is that it’s so hard to keep up. By the time you discover what a new theological trend is actually about, it’s already split into rival factions, and you have to discover what they stand for.
I’ve seen the term “missional” associated with the “emerging church” movement, but I assumed that it simply meant the church in mission — and the definition of “missional church” is pretty standard, and seems to support my original assumption. But no, it seems that it’s now something else, and well on its way to becoming estblished as a rival movement, or a spin-off or something.