I was thinking while washing up after writing 42: Starfish and the Methodist Church.
There is a huge hidden advantage that Church has over business when it comes to new technology; new ways of working, new ways of collaborating, well new ways of pretty much anything really.
It is a hidden advantage because we often don't notice it or realise it is there.
The advantage is that we don't have to figure out how to make money from it.
What a pity that we don't take this seriously or even realise that it is the case.
We don't have to figure out how to make money from podcasts because we want to build the Kingdom of God not make money. We don't have to figure out how to make money from youtube video's, from blogs, from twitter, from wiki's, from skype, from anything else because
- The Church does not exist to make money
- The Church is not about anything that costs money, the things we want can't be bought, so why worry about money.
We really should see this as good news. The hard bit with new technology is working out how to make money from it and we don't have to do that at all. In fact we are probably better off if it is impossible to make money as then we are less likely to be tempted to forget our mission, our purpose, our very being none of which has anything to do with money.
So what can we use today that won't make us any money but which can build the Kingdom of God, that can allow us to participate in God's Mission?