I was able to download Jim Belcher’s book: Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional free from Christianaudio.com recently. [Sorry, but the “free” part was only for November.] You can download the Introduction if you would like.
I really enjoyed listening to the book – it was read in a conversational style.
You can review the book's website here: http://www.thedeepchurch.com
I found the book to be very helpful in presenting it’s comparison and critique of both the Traditional and Emergent perspectives. I guess I’ll throw in the same disclaimer every other reviewer gives: “I did not agree with all of Jim’s conclusions” – there, that’s done. I did agree with a lot of what he presented as his “third way”.
The questions the Emergent folks are asking sound real similar to the questions my generation was asking in the 80’s. I think some churches have answered most of those questions properly without identifying themselves as non-traditional or non-emergent.
There are several reviews listed on the Deep Church site – written by those who are experienced in writing reviews. A couple I will highlight are:
I do recommend this book to all in church leadership. It will help you think more clearly about your ministry – and may even change your mind.