Open-Source Catholics: Everyone Benefits From Collaboration

So you’re venturing into a new project at your parish, or you’re getting a bit lost in the tech stuff for your parish . . . what do you do?  The simple answer . . . ask another parish or ask another Catholic involved in tech for our unique environments.  We’re becoming an ever-growing sub-culture of Catholic Geeks I think.

Recently I’ve been involved in several projects that I often am thanking God for all of the others out there doing this stuff too, because it’s their work that has not only been the inspiration but it is often the example for me.  And when I’m stuck or need some help with direction . . . I’m asking them or others on Google+, Facebook, online forums, or emailing them at their parish.   It’s these connections and interactions that makes me realize how we are one Church.

So where do you start?  Recently a few of us decided to start two groups to help provide an avenue to help Catholic collaborate on tech questions, ideas, etc.  The idea came from an online business industry-specific version in which members are posting questions and getting input from others around the country.  So the thought is  . . . why don’t we do that?  Well, we have and there are now 3 open online groups to serve as a hubspot for Catholics needing tech help to come together.

  1. Tech Support for Churches group on Facebook
  2. Tech Support Group for Churches on Google
  3. The Association of Catholics Exploring Social Media created a group on Bloomfire.com which works in conjunction with LinkedIn.  This one is brand new to me, and I am really looking forward to using it.

All of these groups are very new and have little activity.  They are open and designed to be focused on tech help in our unique Church environments.  We’re not really sure where this will go, and we’ll have to see.  This is not only a great opportunity to get answers or help others, it’s an opportunity to meet others that are also involved in tech within the Church.

How do you get answers and ideas for your Church tech stuff?

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Author:Brad West

I live in Palm Coast, FL with my family and have assisted my local parish with our website and communications. Our parishes today can benefit a great deal from technology. Whether it's improving communications, community building, evangelizing, business operations, and much more; we have the tools today. To help provide some direction and advice to parishes and parishioners, I wrote and published an eBook titled "The Connected Church" which is available through Barnes and Noble (Nooks and Nook apps) as well as Amazon (Kindle and Kindle apps).
  • Laura

    Brad I work for xt3.com and was wondering if we could arrange a google hangout I would love to show you around the Xt3 website and show you how many parishes in Sydney Australia are embedding their diocese events calendar from Xt3.com my email is laura.bradley@sydneycatholic.org

  • Katy

    Brad, your idea to provide direction and advice to parishes and parishioners is a great one. Technology is forcing churches to change the way they act, react and interact. Most church staff members are learning as they go….all the while trying to meet the many demands of daily church work. Thanks for being a resource for them. Check out http://www.onlinechurchdirectory.com to see a powerful resource that supports the ministries of “connections” and “family” within a church….utilizing technology and online media.