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A Vision for a Community

We want to become a community that:

  • brings together mission information workers including researchers from all over the world more
  • welcomes, helps and encourages its members more
  • shares information about information more
  • functions well remotely more
  • understands its identity and boundaries more
  • understands its responsibilities to God more
  • equips God's people to handle information more
  • gives attention to global, regional and local responsibilities more
  • is multi-cultural more
  • is watchful of giving advantage to our enemies more
  • works together more

Going through each of those points in more detail:

  • A community that brings together mission information workers including researchers from all over the world, valuing
    • unity
    • productivity
    • wisdom
    • spiritual discernment
  • A community that welcomes, helps and encourages its members
    • welcoming all who gather, analyse, transform and/or publish mission information
    • helping each other and being helped with the information tasks we are currently doing
    • encouraging workers who are often isolated in their tasks
  • A community that shares information about information
    • sharing information about information: e.g. where to find it and how to manage it
    • connecting information people with each other
    • identifying and sharing good practices
  • A community that functions well remotely
    • including those who cannot travel
    • reducing travel of those who can
    • supporting some face-to-face meetings
  • A community that understands its identity and boundaries
    • an ever-changing community as people move in and out of information work
    • distinct from, yet integrated with other mission workers
    • its members having different specialisations
  • A community that understands its responsibilities to God
    • encouraging the godly use of information – with integrity
    • developing a clear view of what we do with information – how does God see it?
    • understanding why information is important – what are its limitations?
  • A community that equips God’s people to handle information
    • equiping all who are called into information work – research is not just for an elite
    • informing leaders in the right use of information and leadership of information workers
    • facilitating strategic use of information
  • A community giving attention to global, regional and local responsibilities
    • not just serving the centralised and the strong, but the local and the young shoots
    • moving responsibility for information closer to its source
    • seeking to enhance both local control and global availability
  • A multi-cultural community
    • meeting the challenge to model the new community out of every nation
    • women and men
    • working to include non-English speakers in the community
  • A community watchful of giving advantage to our enemies
    • recognising that the very existence of our community is a threat to security
    • promoting appropriate information security measures
  • A community that works together
    • facilitating “all of the above”
    • developing better understanding to improve our task in the future
    • reproducing and multiplying itself in the younger generations to ensure continuity

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