Kingdom Code 10 Questions: Part Two
This is the second post in a series looking at questions that have come out of Kingdom Code. If you missed the first one then do catch up with our answers to questions around tech start-ups. In part two I’ve picked out the questions around the network itself and how we support each other. Let’s dive in.
Are we there for ‘me’ or ‘you’ or ‘us.’ All of those are fine and good at the right point — but how do make sure our meet-ups have Jesus-scented DNA?
When it comes to networking and meet-ups, I’m there for Me to meet You so there is an Us. Being there for me, is healthy as one should be looking to find fellowship and seek iron sharpening iron places and communities. Being there for you is important, because we are all different parts of one body and we need each other’s skills, gifts, resources, all of which makes the us. Each of these points I think can be clearly seen in scripture and is really the essence of the church or body of Christ. We’re never meant to be isolated and hide away, we’re meant to put each other first, but equally we must guard our hearts and seek out opportunities to grow and be fed, but it is together that we become that one body and the bride of Christ, it’s together we express to the world what being united with Christ means.
The Jesus DNA comes from us having these types of me, you, us motives, rather than more typical secular networking motives. But further it comes when we centre ourselves on His purposes each time we meet, remind ourselves of the bigger picture and challenge each other and keep each other accountable. In this context what should we be accountable to? I think it’s along the lines of; has your work, ministry, project, whatever, been advancing His kingdom since we last met. If so, then let’s celebrate that and share how that’s working out in our context. If not, or we’re simply unsure (it can seem abstract in a secular work environment), then let’s be discussing what are the challenges, barriers difficulties, how we can we help each other through them. Ultimately a Jesus DNA is not just for Christian meet-ups, it what we should live and breath in our life, not least in our technology driven work places.
How do we get and give jobs to each other? Should we?
I’m not quite sure whether there is some hidden issue behind this question(!), but let’s answer it in a general context of any Christian grouping. We should definitely look to offer job opportunities to each other, however, giving jobs without really understanding ability or suitability isn’t very clever and ultimately doesn’t serve either party. In general, doing this informally, through our casual social interactions and online channels is probably as far as that type of thing should go, the danger is we lose focus, and people could end up joining for the wrong reasons or seeing us a a free jobs board.
The main point I want to make on this though, is that people should be able to look at Kingdom Code as a prime group to reach out to for job offers, because we are seen and known for our passion, skill and Godly work ethics that make any employer happy to consider us. First and foremost as Christians we should be model employees living that Jesus DNA in our work places. Hard working, diligent, honest, thorough and doing our work for His glory. I think we can start to mark whether we’ve got this right when secular employers are asking us if anyone in the group is looking for work, because they’d love to hire a Kingdom Coder!
Should we help each other accelerate our products? If so should this just be a) christian products only; b) Christian and common good / social transformation products only; or c) a+b plus apps for business and fun? Should we have a hackathon for business apps?
There’s several wrapped up questions in here! Let’s simplify, should we as a Kingdom Code network help each other develop our products?
The essence of the network is about gathering like minded people with shared passion, a wide range of skills and different experiences and insights. Therefore, anyone who feels they want to or can help each other should be totally free to do so, I think it’s a primary objective of why the group exists.
I’d like to focus more on this side of the question though, should Kingdom Code do something formally or collectively? Right now there is a growing need for a catalyst and stewardship of ideas, resources and Christian Tech talent that I think needs addressing.
Innovation and ideas are a good thing, yet innovation alone isn’t problem solving, it’s often creating new things for the sake of the cool idea. This has led to a huge volume in “pet projects” in the Christian Tech space, which again are not necessarily bad and we’re obviously free to do whatever we choose. But it’s sad to see in Christian ministry huge real world problems unsolved and unaddressed, for lack of people, funding or solutions, and then a whole bunch of small dare I say ‘fluffy’ projects or just duplication of apps. Add to this a huge pool of talent not focused on genuinely helping where the need is greatest, not pulling together to do one thing really well, makes a sad reflection of the state of collaboration among Christians.
I don’t know if Kingdom Code is a place to solve that, but if there is a core of christian techies gathering they should be challenged by what they could achieve for God, if they significantly worked together on meaty projects and real challenges that ministries around the world really need to see accomplished.
Sometimes the hackathon helps, other times the hackathon spurs on more pet projects. Often the hackathon leaves ideas and potential solutions on the venue floor when done. The bigger question then is how do we really grab hold of the potential of the roughly identified 1000 developers worldwide and build some great great things, that actually need to be built and could have huge kingdom impact and make a mark on the tech world for God?
Finally, should we have a hackathon for business apps? No, Christians should be at “regular” or “secular” hackathons being salt and light in the world and showing that Jesus DNA alongside non-believers. The Christian hackathon is only a valid approach when the challenges and things we’re building are specifically for Christian endeavour, that typically requires a Christian mindset to think about and understand.