As a testimony to the speed and growth of technology, specifically in terms of the internet the term Web 2.0 is soon to retire. A few months ago I attended a conference geared toward pastors of small congregations which was mainly to educate them about Web 2.0 utilities. Webster’s dictionary just added the term as well, so perhaps this is not another issue where the church is so behind the culture.
What is coming next is being recognized as “Web Squared.” Perhaps the elementary school years of the development of the world wide web as a social network, many are not sure what it will actually entail, except that it will be different and innovative as more and more people participate in its inception.
The morale of the story: get on board with Web 2.0 so you are not completely left in the dust. Create. Imagine. Take steps ahead to see what is around the corner.
The early church was so ahead of the culture that Paul wrote to them to encourage some steps back, for fear that they would alienate those in their immediate culture (i.e. 1 Corinthians 11:2-16).
Perhaps we do not need to go that far, but we can confidently take steps forward, knowing that it is easier to pull back for the sake of relevance than it is to catch up.