Jeffrey Miller over at the The xagronaut Chronicle is having a conversation with me — online.
Referring to my recent recognition over at Christianity Today, Jeffrey poses the following statement:
With recent recognition, how will you use the spotlight? Any particular causes that you would like to pursue/promote? With the recent clamour over the need for Christian web services, the season is right to start talking about other uses.
Let me just address the questions portion first. Heal Your Church Web Site came out of my work with Vincent Flanders on his book Son of Web Pages That Suck. From there, blogs4God came to life. Combined, the two allowed me to bark and complain with a slightly louder voice than most — until someone finally noticed.
Now I don’t say this to brag, nor to get all huffy about Jeffrey’s questions. They are legit, especially in light of Matthew 25:14-30. Rather I say this to address a suggestion Jeffery makes later in his message. That is a call to collaborate to create a variety of web services for various ministries. I’m all for that, but I’m already involved with a church so I’ve got enough of the 20/80 rule working forcing me to put in overtime during my spare time.
Here is what I suggest, that before we call collaborate, we all get busy making something useful and then bring it to the table. Sort of like an audition. This way we know we’re dealing with committed people who will all pull their weight. We also get an idea at who’s good at what. Finally, we bring with us some serious negotiation power, as well as the ability to solicit resources when such need occur.
That aside, I do like Jeffrey’s ideas for a prayer network, which the needs of one are immediately met by another who’s hooked into the same syndication channels. Technically, that to me is not the hard part. The hard part is keeping such a system from being abused. So the real trick would be to set up an XML-RPC server which takes client requests from authorized submitters, such as priests, pastors, missionaries, etc … and then posts them to the system. The rest is just bits and bytes.
Anyway, those are my thoughts — though I’d probably think a whole lot better over some coffee. Though I suggest not visiting until the snow melts.