Ride The Wave To Better Ministry Team Collabortion

godvertiser —  2009/12/29 — 3 Comments

Is the sonic speed of social media forcing you to realize that you really need to collaborate with your ministry teams better?

Google Wave is the latest iteration of social collaboration platforms that have hit the streets recently. You’ve probably heard Google Wave’s awesome features.


The big picture is that Google Wave hopes to replace email as the main form of communication between people and groups. But in the short term, until everyone adopts the real-time collaboration communication platform, it’s still useful for teams of people working together. For example, you can edit documents together with a group in real-time. No more waiting for others to edit and forward so that you can make your own edits. Everyone can see your changes live just as you type them into the computer. There’s other neat features too of course.

In fact, there’s so much you can do with Google Wave, that the team at Google Wave originally created a 1-hour+ video overview of the new social communications tool!

Re-thinking their first approach, they decided to create an ‘abridged’ 10-minute version overview video about Google Wave:

So far, the Google Buzz is working since official invites for new accounts are still selling like hotcakes on eBay. When Google Wave first came out, invites were going for as much as $70+ each. Nowadays, you can grab one for about $5-$8:

Of course that’s not the only way to get a new Google Wave account. If you know someone with a Google Wave account, you can get one of the invites that are periodically released to current account holders. I’ve got a couple of free invites to give out, so if you’re interested in trying out Google Wave with your ministry team, let me know — with your email address and I’ll send an invite to you as long as I have them available (right now, I have about 2 dozen free Google Wave invites). You may want to use the contact tab to send me a direct message vs. leaving a comment below with your email address in plain view for spammers to harvest, etc.

The only requirement I ask for in addition to getting me your email address via the CONTACT tab (on the left side of the site), that you do leave a comment letting me know the name of your church/ministry and website address. It’s always good to hear from the readers of Godvertiser.com and see the links to your own site.

Already have a Google Wave account? Send me a wave, and I’ll wave right back!

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3 responses to Ride The Wave To Better Ministry Team Collabortion

  1. Clint Ussher 2010/02/10 at 10:01 PM

    I'm very excited about the possibilities of Google Wave – we are using it currently for an Ind. Study course that I am in this semester… But I am also excited to use this with various ministry teams that I work with. I see HUGE gains for planning events, services and retreats etc. Now we just need to get more people waving…

  2. Thanks Clint for sharing your enthusiasm. I love seeing the church embracing collaboration tools. I agree that Google Wave is dependent on the network effect – the more people that are in the system, the bigger the impact / benefits.

    Google just announced some of the real-time collaboration features found in Google Wave as a part of Google Buzz which is now a part of Gmail. Because TONS more people use Gmail than Google Wave, perhaps we’ll eventually see an all-in-one service where they collapse the rest of Wave into Gmail or a unified communication/collaboration tool…

    Keep us posted on what you think about Google Wave!

  3. We haven't started using Google Wave in our ministry yet, but I envision some very useful possibilities, esp for brainstorming with my Worship Design Team on sets, theme graphics, video projects, song selection etc. could also be useful for the pastoral staff in terms of cross-ministry events and planning. Until I have more people connected on GW it's hard to know how I could or would use it, but the possibilities are vast.

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