'Open' Religious Technology & Tools

Collaboration, Open Solutions, and Innovation (COSI) are the key management strategies organizations need to incorporate into their corporate culture in order to continue to succeed in the 21st century. The adoption and application of these management strategies is already evident within many organizations in almost every industry. These strategies are also applicable to one's personal life. These strategies of collaboration, sharing, and 'openness' should have a very familiar ring to most religious organizations.

Industries and businesses throughout the world are being revolutionized through the application of these three unique and powerful management strategies. When combined, these COSI strategies create a robust model for accelerating change, achieving significant operational efficiencies, and improving the quality of products and services provided. This applies to religious organizations and churches as well.

Collaborative development efforts to create innovative solutions, 'open source' software, information technology, and other tools for religious organizations and individuals are well underway. These information technologies and tools are being released under one or more open source licensing arrangements that allow one to acquire and use these tools at little or no cost. This has tremendous potential consequences for individuals and religious organizations around the world facing funding challenges.

The 'Open Way'

The open source way is more than a development model; it defines the characteristics of a culture. The open source way thrives on broad collaboration and shared effort.
  • The open source way is about possibility. Open source presents a new way to solve old problems. To share ideas and effort.
  • The open source way opens doors. Open source offers a new perspective. Open, not closed. Collaboration, not isolation.
  • The open source way multiplies: Knowledge; Effort; Inspiration; Creativity; and Innovation. The impact is exponential.
* From www.opensource.com/open-source-way

Information Technology & Churches

For most churches today, Information Technology (IT) is a critical part of ministry. Computers that function correctly, a website that looks professional, and a backup process for sermon notes all help the staff do ministry more effectively, communicate with the congregation, and focus on building relationships.     -  ChristianityToday

Church Futurist Predictions

Church leaders new to the idea of eMinistry and the use of information technologies (IT) need to take the time to read eMinistry Basics and some of the many other helpful studies posted on the non-profit COSI 'Open' Religious Technology & Tools web site.  If funding is an eMinistry is an issue, use the many high quality, free and open source software (FOSS) tools now available.  Again, visit the COSI web site to find out more about these resources.


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