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Google-eyed (p2)

Fast Company magazine calls Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, "Google’s worst nightmare."  The reason is simple, he believes that there is a better way to do what Google (and Yahoo, etc) do.  He is not to first to think this but he is unique in his approach.

The fascinating thing is that he doesn’t know how he is going to do it yet.  That is why he put out the call on Wikia’s website asking for help.  Not just any kind of help, but volunteer help.  He "received 4 million mentions online and attracted its first 1,000 volunteers."  He believes the answer to his mission is found in the army of people who will serve the mission for free.

Is this not the way pastors are to go about reaching their communities?  Doesn’t Eph. 4 point the professional clergy to surrender the actual ministry into the hands of volunteers?  I believe the key to the transformation of our cities is not found in the pulpits but in the pews.

To be continued…

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jason smith

posted April 3, 2007 at 6:54 am

Don’t know if you have picked up The Starfish and The Spider, but it is about how decentralization is the force of these “movements”. They speak of wikipedia and ebay as hybrid’s. Not quite starfish, completely decentralized, but not spider’s, completely hierarchy driven.

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Kevin Phillips

posted April 3, 2007 at 1:21 pm

Surrender the actual ministry into the hands of volunteers. I like that. Sometimes the problem is they don’t want to surrender it, or don’t know how to surrender it, or the volunteers don’t want it to be surrender.

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John W Frye

posted April 4, 2007 at 8:46 am

I wonder why the church is not capable of a “jazz” kind of life. It has to have sheet music! Why??

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posted April 4, 2007 at 1:02 pm

Robert, it may take generations, but virtual community will dramatically change the nature of the local church. For the first time in Xn history, we are connecting the global church as a network of individuals, unfiltered thru top-down power structures. Our most meaningful virtual/networked experiences will (must) eventually be modeled in local-physical community.
All of this points to an ecclesial re-orientation where leadership becomes “servantship” – where the very idea of “clergy” is increasingly blurred and subverted by something resembling the pre-Constantine simple church. The Wikiklesia! The improvisational church! Great stuff.

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posted April 5, 2007 at 10:39 am

Jason–thanks for the tip, I have not read The Starfish and the Spider.
Kevin–I agree and a lot of it has to has to do with the culture of the church. At the church of which I am a part we say that there is a mutual surrender. The leadership surrenders the ministry and the congregation surrenders the leadership. It’s a dance.
John F–Why does it still need sheet music? I think it is because we haven’t learned the song!
John–I think what virtual community is actually showing us is what the church has always been. We don’t need the internet to have this, rather, there is a reason why the Father promised and Jesus sent the Holy Spirit! The Spirit is to the church what the internet is to Wikipedia. I agree that the problem is that our ecclesial structures are the problem.
Thanks on and all,

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