I was looking up a BBC story about Google’s outreach to its US and UK Gmail users to test new features; that’s new.
Lots of us love Google because they’re fresh, innovative and productive. The Gmail story points out one of their cultural norms:
As well as being shown the new service ahead of release, we were also walked through the offices where engineers take 20% of their time to come up with ideas and work on them. The 20% time is part of Google’s core ethos.
Give talented people time and support to follow their own ideas and they come up with really great stuff.
I can only imagine what good might come if churches worked the same way with respect to their members and staff members. Of course, it’s a youngish company and has unimaginable resources. But I think there are a munch of churches out there that have untapped resources, or would if they could put aside unproductive legacy programs.
Oh, and another thing. Trusting the power of individuals and networks and toning down the drumbeat of community, community, community. Just a thought.