2012 note:

This site has existed since 2002. The movement it attempts to describe and map is now too diverse and widespread to be adequately summarised here, even if I had the time and energy to do so. Consequently this site will not now be actively maintained or added to.

However, this site is still functional as a gateway to the movement on the internet, for those coming from Google, Wikipedia or books. The definitions [which have been much quoted] have been updated, along with the directories. The practical advice is still valid. Beyond this site, the alternative worship/emerging church world is highly interconnected, so follow the links and you will find much more.

About this site:

This site exists primarily as a portal to content elsewhere rather than as a comprehensive content provider in itself. However, the 'About alternative worship' and 'Practical advice' sections contain content unique to this site for those who wish to know more before they explore further.

If we haven't included something you think should be here, please email steve//at//alternativeworship//dot//org with details or links. It would be helpful if you made sure that the things you're putting forward for inclusion fit the general definitions. We say this not to be exclusive but to prevent the lists losing focus.

The world of alternative worship and emerging church is a complex and fluid network, and any attempt to define sites by category is approximate. Sites may appear in more than one list because they contain a variety of material or functions. Blogs, in particular, combine personal opinion, authoritative writing, debate, resource-sharing, and networking, so it's no surprise that they are at the heart of the emerging church community.

Many voices:

Many of the items on this site or linked to it cover similar ground from different angles. There is no single authoritative voice in this movement giving the 'right' answers. Rather, it's a global conversation where ideas are passed back and forth and, hopefully, refined. You don't have to be a member of any elite or train for years to join in. is a portal site. We cannot be held responsible for the content of the sites we link to, or for the opinions expressed therein.