Good questions from Jonny. His questions are in bold, my gut reactions in normal.
can we imagine…
church beyond gathering?
No – church is by definition a gathering.
church beyond once a week?
We must, because life cannot be shared, transformation cannot be wrought, and the Kingdom cannot be enacted otherwise.
church as always on connectivity to christ and one another?
Technology has given us new ways to relate and interact, so why not.
church where community is the content?
Again we must – without community there is no church.
theology and resources of church being open source?
Only if community takes a central place, so that there is accountability and testing. Wait, isn’t that what happens on blogs, Someone floats an idea, and others test that idea?
church valuing the wisdom of the crowd rather than the knowledge of the expert?
House church ought to facilitate this. The only expert is the Spirit, mediated in the community.
our church/spirituality being easily found by seekers because we tag it that way?
Only if we step back and take seriously the invitation to assist seekers vs. assimilate seekers.
an ethos of low control and collaboration?
There’s a lot of professional ministry inertia to overcome.
an economy of gift?
Yes! This is the Kingdom’s alternative to consumption and consumerism.
church as spaces for creative production and self publishing?
Goes hand in hand with gift.
church as providers of resources for spiritual seekers and tourists?
See above: only if we take them seriously and stop trying to assimilate them.