Church 2.0

I went to a really interesting meeting today with a bunch of Christian leaders from around Southern California. It was put together by Greg Atkinson who is is the process of writing a book on the future of the church both in terms of technology but also just how we embrace community and culture. It was a really good time and great to get to meet people and hear their stories. Below I have posted my lightly edited notes from the event. It was interesting to hear how some recurring themes from nearly any broad group gathering of Christians emerged. Do we find “Christian” versions of whats out there? Do we find redemptive uses for what already exists? Varied opinions (obviously). Check it out…

Church 2.0

Greg Atkinson

Sponsors for this event are Kindle, Logos/Uniquely , SplashPipe and 360Hubs

Book is multiple parts

Creativity and innovation


Conversational format. What is working? What resources are there? How can be better using them? What is the Church doing to connect with people? Online, offline, believer, non believer…

My Church
Social networking for churches
In general social networking allows the opportunity to keep in touch and get to know each other even when you aren’t able to meet with them face to face. Some people will blog even when they may not teach.

Sandals–360 Hubs
What does it mean to use good stewardship with regards to social networking? People will adopt tech if they can use it. Sandals used it to connect people places and knowledge. How can you connect in an ongoing way? Church members can blog, one person is in charge of connecting people to their needs. But by having a social network people are able to connect with what they need quickly and easily. Collaboration allows the church to grow community and shepherd.

Have to be ready for feedback. Have to be committed.
Must be comfortable with transparency. 60 years ago was the last time most churches had town halls.
Big yet small.

Churches for the last 60 years have had a leader who said what was true and left it at that…
Finding out pastor is going out with his wife or going to see a ball game with his son changes perception and makes them seem more real. More humanity more vulnerability
Not a tech issue, but a value issue.
Have to value everyone having a role.
For the church it’s a win….engagement and testimony. Connection to stories.
The need to be known and in community.
Can we find ways to use tech to bring the masses into the conversation.
How do we take our digital lives and make them real and meaningful to each other.
The 83 % are far more holistically connected than the church.

Social networking in plain English

Ephesians 4 is able to be lived out through web 2.0

Let’s contribute to the world’s innovation rather than copy someone else’s.
Poverty orphans social justice
improv everywhere
Freeze project
Downtown Disney
No angry activists, creative awareness
Spencer The Ooze
Hand and foot, all churches can be a different part of the body rather than your right and you’re wrong.