Church 2:0 and Network Structures

Hierarchical Structures are usually organized like this in a top-down fashion:

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Armies are organized this way. Most of the Industrial Revolution was organized around this system. Most 20th Century Businesses were organized in this way- with CEO and Board of Directors at the top of the chain.

Since Constantine, most institutional churches have also been organized in this way with tiers and ranks and chains of command.

Organic viral networks can look something like this:

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With the advent of Web 2:0

social-networking sites such as facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Bebo etc,

video-sharing sites such as YouTube, blogs, wikis and so on have become very popular and are changing the ways in which we organize!

We are seeing the advent of a networking revolution which will change the way organizations have traditionally functioned.

This new networking endears itself to values such as sharing, peering, collaboration, partcipation and openness

It gives everyone the opportunity to produce, placing production and broadcasting in the hands of the masses. If you want to publish an article, picture or film you no longer have to go through a chain-of-command or hierarchical system- you can just do it!

It’s amazing how much network discoveries made through Web 2:0 are similar to the networking principles seen in the Early Church.

In New Testament church gatherings each person was able to contribute,

‘When you come together one will have a word, another a song, another a revelation, and so on’ (1 Cor 14:26)

Simple-churches (groups of Christians) sprang up all over Israel, Syria, North Africa, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Crete, Italy and Rome within a generation.

These simple-churches were networked via travelling workers who went around in bands encouraging and strengthening the self-organised groups.

Churches organized themselves and grew as each person contributed (Eph 4:11-16)

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christine salter July 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

My husband and I are interested to find out if there are any groups/people linked with devizes wiltshire

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