Wiki Ministry

May 11, 2008

In a million Kate and I have been trying innovate on in mission on our way to the field, and along the way we’ve learned a lot.  When we started we had very little idea what was out there, or how things are typically done, and perhaps this naivety has served us well.

I have just finished reading a book called Wikinomics.  Coming initially from a business perspective, this book takes a critical look at emerging technologies and platforms and how they are changing the way we work.  

Email vs. Wiki Collaboration

In the book Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams show how wiki‘s, blogs and other web technologies are changing not only the way we interact, but also the way we think and approach life.  Wiki’s for instance create a community editable space whose content is created and maintained by the community, creating an entirely different message through the medium (see “medium is the message” and “Marshall McLuhan” on  The hierarchy is subverted, the audience becomes the creator, and “in-process” replaces the finished product. 

Understandably, my mind naturally takes the ideals of the “Wiki Wiki World” and applies them to the area I am most preoccupied with: missions.  Though ideas like these have far to go before they are received in the faith community, or even deemed biblical,  I still find myself dreaming about the world of mission turned upside down.  In this world “Senders” becomes co-creators (and really co-missionaries), “overseas ministry” truly becomes a joint venture and the “local sending church” is able to intertwine itself in the global body of Christ in uncharted ways. 

What will it look like for the church to catch up with innovation?  As the world grows smaller, how will the next generation answer Jesus’ Great Commission?  These are the types of things that keep me up at night…


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