South Africa: new emerging church hotspot, or are we just behind the times?
August 7, 2008
Sorry for the long title. I just got this on Andrew Jones’ blog. See the pretty picture:
Google Insights. OK, so basically what it does, is Google showing you what the consertration of searches on a spesific term is in a specific geographical area. And South Africa has the highest concentration of searches on “emerging church”. What should we make of this? Maybe South Africa is the new emerging church hotspot, but is that a good thing? Why would this be? South Africans extremely disillusioned about church? I’ve been thinking about how frantically the Dutch Reformed Church is grabbing onto the emerging idea, almost as if we are grappling for anything just to find something to stand on again after our bad history.
Or maybe we are just behind the times. Maybe we are just now getting onto the emerging wave.
What do you think? Should we read anything into these statistics? And if, what?