I am in Oxford, U.K studying for a PhD. I say that very humbly, because I am so over my head it’s really comical. However, I want to do this research, gaining insights from nomadic theory to challenge and realign the forms and structures, as well as the practical theology of churches in Seattle.
What? Great question, and if you wanted to add the look of ‘ohhh, right…cool.’ You are not alone. I, too, scratch my head wondering, what?
In the image above, you get a picture of what I am researching. The roots in the rhizome image represent non-hierarchical, no up or down, no beginning or end. That is to say, there is no one ‘most’ powerful image that comes to mind, as opposed to the towering tree in the other image.
It is my belief that non-hierarchical structures promote interconnectivity and heterogeneity, allowing for multiplicities to arise rather than pre-planned determined structures that produce top down systems demanding certainty and authoritarianism. In other words, I believe the church can be much more appealing if we empower everyone, not just a few.
I believe this research will begin a new discussion on how the idea of a rhizomatic theology is best suited for leaders and churches that will create new perceptions, identities, and structures which will help the American Pentecostal church regain her prophetic voice.