Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Exploring a 21st Century Incamational Ethic for the Body of Christ The wikiChurch is Christ's church as it practices collaborative processes in its life, organization, and mission. More and more literature is being written about the flat nature of our world, its shrinking horizons, the free flow of information, the porous nature of national borders, and shifting generational norms. Children are growing up in a world where they will not only be well educated, but also will exercise creativity in the world's cultural formation. Our world is increasingly open sourced. In it's beginning, open source was a term used by computer programmers referring to collaborations that used a common computer language to build and alter software as well as widely distribute it for free. As the term moved into cultural and social forums, open source was modified to open content which describes any kind of creative (including writing, graphics, audio, and video), engineering, or scholarly work (i.e. open machine design) that is published in a format that explicitly allows the copying and the modifying of the information by anyone; not exclusively by a closed organization, firm or individual. The largest current open content project is Wikipedia.9 This new socio-cultural collaborative syntax has given way to what Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams refer to as the "Age of Participation."10 This age lives by four principles - openness, peering, sharing, and acting globally which are radically remaking business, science, the arts, society, and even culture. Yet for all the ways wikinomic praxis is remaking our day-to-day reality, the conversation about the wiki revolution's connection to and influence on the church is only just beginning. This project explores how the Age of Participation and the church can intersect by initiating a digital conversation using a website, Twitter account, and Facebook page. xiii
Swenson-Reinhold, Nathan, "Wikichurch: Exploring a 21st Century Incarnation Ethic for the Body of Christ" (2011). Doctor of Ministry. 620.