It has been over 3 months since my last blog post. Most of my online life is spent in micro conversations through Twitter & Facebook and so I seldom have the need to blog. But occasionally there is something I want to say or do that cannot be limited to the 140 characters Twitter provides or the limited reach of my friends on Facebook. For that I turn to my blog. So here I am.
I am writing this to pastors who are perhaps a little like me. In case you are new let me tell you a little bit about me. I am a pastor who is keenly aware of his inabilities to do anything great on my own. I once had those allusions but I have been humbled beyond compare. I’m just a man trying to do his best to serve his magnificent creator. I currently pastor a small community of under 50 amazing people who love God and are learning what that means in everyday life. We are a young church experienced more in how not to be the church than how to, so we fumble along as best we can. It’s truly a wonderful journey.
I am also a techie who is always looking for new ways to leverage technology for the greater good and the advancement of the kingdom of God. I’ve had my share of successes and failures at it though, I must admit. I have always wanted to be a part of a community of pastors that work together to solve problems, prepare messages, and just encourage one another. Perhaps like me you have found that to be a difficult task what with having to work another job and perhaps some not so inviting ministers in your area. I don’t know your situation but I assume that it’s the same where you are.
What if all of us could join together in real-time for all of those things regardless of what community we live in, denominational background or size of our respective churches? What if we could put that all aside without the conferences and organizations to just take this trip together? I think we can and I think Google Wave could offer us that solution. Here is what I propose…
If you would like a Google Wave invite to participate in this group or if you already have one, simply click the “contact me” tab at the top of this site and and send me a message. Include your Google Wave username if you have one. I’ll create a Wave and add you all to it and we can discuss how we may proceed. Here is one way I think we might be able to use it. Comment below if you have more ideas.
This obviously works best with several active people but for examples sake lets says we have 5 pastors working together. This would be the flow as I see it.
- Each pastor would create a wave with their thoughts on a message they would like to do. This could be a topic, concept, Scriptures, or any other information they have gathered.
- Each pastor would then add the other pastors in the group to their wave.
- Everyone would collaborate and add their insights, questions, and creative elements to each others waves thus exponentially increasing our what each of us would be able to do on our own.
- The creator of the wave could then use what they like and discard the rest or save it for future study.
The benefits are many but the big ones from our example above are that we would have 5 preachers experience, resources, and creativity working on each of our messages and each would walk away with 5 possible messages for the future. Not to mention all of the great side ideas that would be birthed from this kind of collaboration.
What are your thoughts? Are you in? Send me a message or comment below on your thoughts.