I left a church associated with the Emergent Village. My wife still goes there, and I go with her sometimes in my desire to be a good husband.
The church I was a part of (Jacob's Well - Kansas City) is really a pretty good church. My only serious criticism is that they don't preach about holiness or repentance very much. But in many ways it really is too wishy-washy on the theological side. Nobody really adheres to any specific beliefs, just a general unity around Jesus. They utilize the church calendar, and pattern their studies around it, but it's not particularly liturgical. There are some candles throughout the church to set the mood, a nice indie-rock worship band, and a very intellectual pastor who puts a lot of thought into each sermon.
But it isn't clearly rooted in anything. The ancient churches have their own churches to be rooted in, the Protestants have their Bibles to be rooted in, but I don't understand how the Emergent movement isn't going to simply go the way of the American denominational dinosaur. All of these movements always splinter. Whether or not it's the likes of the Reconstructionist movement of the early 19th century that gave us the Latter-day Saints, the Millerites, et cetera, or the charismatic movement of the early 20th century, these movements always seek to breakdown the walls and get back to the heart of Christianity. And they are always initially successful in attracting people, and there is a loose semblance of unity, but eventually stronger figures in the movement "emerge" (HA!) and develop their own particular school of thinking, and then those walls get built right back up, usually to the tune of ten or so brand new official organized religions, or denominations.
So inevitable MORE groups are created in Christendom than they started out with. It's a vicious cycle.
There are also brands of "Vintage" churches in the movement. They incorporate the incense, candles, and all of the other vintage elements of Christianity without all of that confusing theology or harsh demands:
We desire to go back to the “vintage” values that Jesus spoke about, rather than being trapped by what has often become known as stagnant “organized” religion.
It's good in some respects, and it's cheap in many others.
How I love the Orthodox Church!