Reinventing American Protestantism: Christianity in the New Millennium

Miller, Donald E. Reinventing American Protestantism: Christianity in the New Millennium. University of California Press, 1997.

Drawing on several years of research, Donald E. Miller examines three types of churches that he labels as “new paradigm churches”; Calvary Chapel, Vineyard Christian Fellowship, and Hope Chapel. Miller notes that these churches, in particular, are postdenominational churches that are reinventing the way Christianity is experienced and attracting large numbers of people who have felt alienated from institutional religion. These churches, according to Miller, attempt to reconnect with the message of first-century Christians by using the medium of twentieth-century America. Miller argues that these types of churches are involved in a second Reformation, one that seeks to challenge the bureaucracy and the rigidity of mainstream Christian worship. He suggests that the churches that thrive in the future will reconnect people to the sacred by redefining institutional forms currently associated with denominational Christianity.