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The Deane Barker Project

Here is an ‘e-vangelism‘ topic I think deserves some thorough discussion. Earlier this week, Deane Barker emailed me about, “The Project” – a ministry which is described on in the following:

Today, the Web and information technology (IT) are indispensable parts of any enterprise, whether it be a public Web site for communication, publicity, and marketing, an internal application to track church membership or common IT tasks like setting up office email or networking. Churches, like any organization, need skilled people to provide for their technology needs.

The eventual goal of this project is to train dozens of church members from Central and the surrounding churches to build Web sites and handle other IT tasks as necessary to support their churches and ministries. Assuming the first class of four students goes well, the next class would ideally have eight students (this would be the maximum I’d like to handle for any single class). With a three month training cycle, we could have almost 30 Web developers trained by the end of next year. Each of these 30 developers would have completed one project to complete their service requirement.

Considering the exorbitant price of coders here near D.C. (don’t worry, we have taxes and a cost-of-living to justify it), I think this is a great idea. My only thought is, like with all issues religious and political, who gets into the pool, and who gets services out of the talent pool? Such problems aside, there is some compelling Biblical precedent for this approach.

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. – Acts 4:32

You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature[ 5:13 Or the flesh; also in verses 16, 17, 19 and 24] ; rather, serve one another in love. – Galatians 5:13

Discuss! – what benefits or problems do you see with “The Project” – and considering you’re reading this blog -> where do you fit in ?

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