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I’m on LinkedIn. I have all my regular jobs and then one I made up: Church 2.0 Explorer. Someone suggested I explain that one. I will sometime.
For now, however, I am starting to think about the conceptual connections with 0.0 and 1.0 and 2.0 when they are preceded by Web or Community or Church. And I think that there are some parallels.
Church 0.0 was about relationships, relationships between people and between people and God. The images in the Bible are of a Body and of a family and of a vine and branches and of a building. People met together in houses and in the temple courts and in the synagogues and in rented halls. They met for conversation and teaching and eating and prayer. They spent a lot of time interacting.
Sometime Church 1.0 started. It was far more about information and entertainment than interaction. It was more about ritual than revelation. It was a lot like Web 1.0 with infrequent updates and a top down presentation. There weren’t comment fields. Only the programmers could update the pages. The graphics were cool, but often not real.
More and more, however, we see Church 2.0. Far more interactive, far less institutional, this version looks a lot like 0.0. It’s not as slick as 1.0, but people are beginning to understand that church isn’t about the stiffness and structures and image, it’s about the relationships.
Web 2.0 interfaces fit well with this new model, not as an end in themselves but as a way of fostering real interaction between real people.
So what does this have to do with the sign? For some people, Church 1.0 was accompanied by a view of church as fire insurance. Church was a building, a place where you could go occasionally as a way to ensure that when the time came, you would be evacuated.
But if church is a web of relationships rather than a building, then maybe we don’t need to think just about evacuation. Maybe, just maybe, there is something of significance now.
A Church 1.0 doesn’t have much room for interacting about such things. But Church 2.0/0.0 enhanced by Web 2.0 and face-to-face interactions just might lead to some real relationships between real people and with a real God.
And obviously, you are getting really rough thoughts tonight.
But isn’t that the point?