I blogged on Tuesday about how Church related Social Networking should be somewhat distinct from Social Networking in general. I feel I need to clarify that a bit. The article I linked to in that post was from an a group called fellowship technologies. They specialize in helping churches. I responded to the content on the page to which I linked, and quoted the section entitled â€œWho You Areâ€. I began writing my blog post immediately after reading that. Later, I read the Job Description, which does a bit more mention of the idea of mission or calling.
It sounds like they know what theyâ€™re doing re: programming and being passionate about it. And they also sound like they have a great atmosphere and close-knit group. I also feel that I might not be a â€œtechnicalâ€ fit there. Even though I have been developing for 10 years, and have had my hands in lots of technologies, I still feel the most valuable thing I bring to the table is as a liaison between Church clients and Developers. I know issues that developers face. I understand what many tools are able to do, and can do SOME/MANY of those things as a developer myself. But there is a need for theological reflection on the church and what itâ€™s about in order to know that there is a piece on the table of tools that I can reach for to help build a particular application. I have studied the sociology of Online Community. I have watched the Church interact with online technology for almost 20 years.
What I am looking for is a place where my envisioning credentials are as important as the technical. I want to find a place where both are highly valued. Perhaps even where it is recognized that there is a greater need for the vision and the theological —or at least wants to start from that before asking what tools are used; or perhaps even allowing the ability to pick up a tool and look at it and see what it was designed to do, and then experience an â€œahaâ€ as some envisioning is spurred by the function the tool provides.
It has been SO hard to find that. And just as often, it is also hard to articulate. I just thought Iâ€™d give it a try. Iâ€™ll keep trying , too. Becasue somewhere in that â€œfitâ€ that is out there somewhere for me, there is the next step; a new place (or placeS) to live out my call.