Google Wave as Group Sermon Preparation Tool

In case you haven’t heard, Google Wave is the latest innovation by the company upon which many of us rely for most of our day.  It’s meant to combine email, social networking, file sharing, wiki/nings, and instant messaging.  It’s still in “preview” stage — not even beta — and you can’t get on it without an invitation (which you can get if you find someone on Twitter giving them away).

I figured that a church would soon use Wave as an application for their life together, and, sure enough, I heard that Journey in Dallas used it last week.  So I interviewed two members of their collaborative sermon group — which they call “Teaching Team” — Danielle Shroyer (whose wonderful book you should give yourself for Christmas) and Dale Carter.

How have you been working on the sermons collectively at Journey to this point?

Danielle: Well we’ve always collaborated on Sunday night planning. In the beginning, it was Scott, Mueller, Mitchell and I who met at Starbucks. Over the years, it has become more and more open; that is, anyone in the community can come and be a part of Teaching Team, not just people in a leadership role. Usually we meet on Wednesday nights at Journey.

Dale: Teaching team really helps us in keeping our focus “community led” meaning we want people to feel they have input as opposed to one person leading a “sermon.” You could almost look at it as a group of people plan the sermon (and other elements) and whoever is speaking that night is just the presenter of the ideas of the community.

And what led you to experiment with Wave?

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