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The Convergence Movement

"Therefore, every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old." Matthew 13:52

This Scripture summarizes the insight and discovery which has led to a fresh stream of thought and renewal throughout the wider Body of Christ. Described as the Convergence Movement, or "Convergence of the Streams," this emerging movement appears to many, both observers and participants, to be another contemporary evidence of God's continuing activity in history to renew, replenish and unify His people in one heart and purpose in Christ. Arising out of a common desire and hunger to experience the fullness of Christian worship and spirituality, the Convergence Movement (also referred to in the remainder of this article as "CM") seeks to blend or merge the essential elements in the Christian faith represented historically in three major streams of thought and practice: the Charismatic, Evangelical/Reformed and Liturgical/Sacramental. An increasing number of local congregations and leaders from many backgrounds are finding "treasures old and new" in the spiritual heritage of the church universal.

The following graph, developed by the leadership of Hosanna Church of the King located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, illustrates the essential elements and ingredients being drawn upon by the majority of those participating in the movement at this point: ...continue on next column

Paradigm of Ministry

Liturgical/Sacramental

Evangelical

Charismatic

Theology

Biblical Foundation

Five-fold Ministry
and Government

Orthodoxy

Personal Conversion

Power of the Spirit

Universality

Evangelism & Mission

Spiritual Gifts

Liturgical Worship

Pulpit-Centered Worship

Charismatic Worship

Social Action

Personal Holiness

Kingdom

Incarnational understanding
of the Church (based on
theology, history, and
sacramental elements of thought)

Biblical and Reformational
understanding of the
Church (pragmatic and rational)

Spiritual, Organic, and
functional understanding
of the Church (dynamic and informal)

The blending or converging of these traditions is seen by those involved as the work of God the Holy Spirit imparting a spiritual operation of grace best captured in the vision of Psalm 46:5,6:

"There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the Holy Place where the Most High dwells.
"

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