Dan Kimball

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Dan Kimball is a pastor, author and was a leading voice in the beginning years of the Emerging Church movement in the USA. Kimball's writings focus on encouraging churches and Christians to creatively make any changes needed in order to break the negative stereotypes of church and Christianity that inaccurately may exist. Kimball focuses on doing this through the arts, apologetics and Christians removing themselves from the Christian subculture. Kimball began using phrases such as "Vintage Faith" and "Vintage Christianity" which are used to express the desire to be returning to the historical and missional values of the original Christian Church and teachings of Jesus.

Dan Kimball is a graduate of Multnomah Biblical Seminary and Western Seminary. He also has a doctorate in leadership from George Fox University (2007-2011). (He studied with Alex Bryan at Georg Fox University where he now is among the professors at Georg Fox University that also includes Leonard Sweet.) He speaks extensively on issues of emerging church, culture, worship and the arts, apologetics and missional leadership.

Dan Kimball is founding pastor and on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California. Vintage Faith Church began in 2004 as a church plant from Santa Cruz Bible Church, where Kimball previously served as a youth and young adult pastor.

Vintage Faith's vision statement identifies their desire to be a "worshipping community of missional theologians". The church, along with Kimball's writings, focuses on re-thinking church through a missional lens for new generations and culture. This includes designing worship services that use art, prayer stations, and other creative and artistic forms of worship in addition to preaching and singing. As part of this mission oriented vision using the arts, Vintage Faith Church opened a 7 day a week coffeehouse, art gallery and music venue in the church building called The Abbey.


  • The Emerging Church: Vintage Christianity for New Generations, 2003. (forewords by Rick Warren and Brian McLaren)
  • Emerging Worship: Creating Worship Gatherings for New Generations, (2004) with David Crowder, Sally Morgenthaler [Zondervan/Youth Specialties]
  • They Like Jesus, But Not The Church: Insights From Emerging Generations, 2007
  • Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches: Five Views, (contributor), 2007
  • They Like Jesus, But Not The Church Curriculum Kit, 2008
  • Adventures In Churchland: Finding Jesus In The Mess Of Organized Religion, 2012 (foreword by Wanda Jackson)




    Vintage Faith Church

    Dan Kimball devotes a major portion of his book The Emerging Church to a number of innovative ideas, some of which include the following:

    • Overcoming the Fear of Multi-sensory Worship and Teaching (p. 127)
    • Creating a Sacred Space for Vintage Worship (p. 133)
    • Experiencing the Spiritual (p. 143)
    • Creating Experiential Multi-sensory Worship Gatherings (p. 155)
    • Dan Kimball in The Emerging Church, p. 223: We have neglected so many of the disciplines of the historical church, including weekly fasting, practicing the silence, and lectio divina
    • Dan Kimball in The Emerging Church,p. 223: The old paradigm taught that if you had the right teaching, you will experience God. The new paradigm says that if you experience God, you will have the right teaching. [quoting Leith Anderson, pastor of Wooddale Church]
    • Dan Kimball in Emerging Worship: Creating Worship Gatherings for New Generations, p. 93: In the book Soul Shaper, Tony Jones explains a lot of ancient spiritual disciplines and shows how they can be attractive ways of worship for emerging generations. Lectio Divina, which is the practice of repeatedly meditating and praying through a passage of Scripture, and many other spiritual exercises are being reintroduced in emerging worship gatherings.

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