I have often written individual rants inspired by concepts gleaned (or ones that “jump out at me”) from The Cluetrain Manifesto. They are very Theoblogical, or theological rants become blogs, but nevertheless go to the core of my theology; specifically a theology of cyberspace for the Church. That is, that conversations are holy. In them we discover the treasures waiting for us in one another, a nd the power of what happens when our callings come together to make something great happen.
This is central to the Cluetrain philosophy, except that I say amen and say that is what everybody is searching for. I just believe that the Church is here to fulfill that purpose: to help us discover, WITH each other and amongst our commitment to the conversation, what it is we’re all about, and what it is we’re supposed to be doing. It is discovery of CALL, and that’s what the Church is supposed to be equipping us to do.
If the Church could focus more on “What we are called to do” rather than “what we must believe”, people would hold much higher opinions of God and the idea of the Church, because the Church would be in the business of ENABLING people to exercise their gifts. MOst often, we have no idea what those are, or that we should be trying to discover them. Blogs have been the best expression for a diversity of “passion” to be offered to “whosoever will”; common interests and concerns become strong magnets for conversations that are so frequently and sadly missing from our Churches.
These conversations are also so full of energy, that we can’t get enough. We go until our eyes are dim from staring at screens, reading, typing, reading some more, perusing through News Reader lists for the latest thing that has struck the fancy of someone who struck our fancy with something they wrote months ago. There is presently no structure I know of being employed by Churches which makes this kind of “checking up on each other” so accessible. It is a form of accountability. You feel it for your audience, be they 5 or 10 , 50 or 500.