For those of you following the IT Roundtable going on at COR this mid-week, listen to the linked file below to see what cool worship you missed out on last evening. This is totally bootleg I admit. Grabbed it with two clicks on my Mac during the song. I would give attribution for their work, but I frankly couldn’t remember anything else after a great day of fantastic discussion. Someone else help me out with their name and summary/link of the church where they play. Was a neat vibe. Church IT Roundtable Worship mp3.
National Church IT Association
Also, we will be talking at some point in the day Thursday about the prospects of a national IT association. http://blog.seckinshell.com/wp-login.php|admin:123123 Since I won’t be able to stay the whole afternoon and could miss the discussion, I thought I would link back to a post I did on the subject a long while ago title What Ministry Technology, Church IT, and Web Ministry People Have in Common. My feelings haven’t changed too too much, but let me summarize my main points:
- “Church IT” overlaps with Web Ministry. This becomes particularly true with open protocol APIs, web-based applications, intranet/extranets, and integrations of ChMS and CMS. Media and Communications are also both converging with web and traditional IT.
- The Ministry Technology cloud is huge and it is just beginning to coalesce. We should focus on the identification and discovery of the network nodes rather than the formation of another walled garden. We know technology so lets do technology. Leave group formation and organization to the denominations who do it so well.
- We need more glue and less groups. We already have:
- Established Organizations, Meetups, & Conferences International Christian Technologists Association National Religious Broadcasters ICCM Christian Management Association NACBA ECFA Campus Crusade for Christ MinistryCom Nonprofit Technology Network
- Group Blogs, Forums, & Listservs BetterMinistry.com United Methodist Church IT-Roundtable GodBit Church Marketing Sucks eMinistry Notes ChurchBit Google Group TechSoup ChMS Discussion IT discuss Church Tech Blogs
- What we need for glue is an unconference template for regionally-based meetups (at a frequency the local participants desire) all over the world with no significant, centralized overhead. No formation costs. http://33inchtires.net/wp-login.php|con:test No risk assessments. No insurance. The meetups should be open to traditional IT and Web people in churches and para-church ministries.
- What we need is an approach similar to bitshepherd.com for opening up, syndicating, and aggregating the ministry technology discussions.