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Open Source Church: Making Room for the Wisdom of All

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Open source software makes the basic program instructions available for anyone to see and edit. An "open source church," likewise, is one in which the basic functions of mission and ministry are open to anyone. Members feel free to pursue their callings from God that are consistent with what God has called the congregation to be and do. But what does "open source church" l ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published 2011 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Kathy
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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For the church to be faithful, it had to be willing to change. And that meant poking and prodding and questioning. It meant reforming and being reformed. It meant a future that is faithful to the past.

“Do you know what the last seven words of a church are?”… ”We’ve never done it that way before.”

The church in many places has changed from an institution that teaches postures, approaches, and behaviors that lead to freedom to an institution that teaches postures, approaches, and behaviors
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Dave McNeely
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read somewhere recently that Wikipedia has been actually demonstrated to be more reliable than the Encyclopedia Brittannica, a thought that causes some scholars to shudder but has also caused the professors to re-evaluate the power of crowd-sourced information and even revising dogmatic bans on Wikipedia use in research papers. Change is afoot, and such a "wiki" mentality is observable in nearly every aspect of our existence, including the church.
Landon Whitsitt's book does not necessarily br
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Bob Wollenberg
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Using the idea of open source technology as a broad metaphor for the church, Landon Whitsitt writes a compelling argument for a shift in the way we think of authority and relationships in the church. He writes a compelling story with lots of good illustrations so that we can get a real taste for the vision he has for Christian community. Don't miss this opportunity to re-imagine faith.
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I enjoyed reading this. It gave me a new look at something I've been doing my whole life
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