steve collins sent me a link to this article - beyond groups: why curated membership communities are today's most important networks. it sounds as though it's something that might have come out of a conversation on new monasticism with the importance of ethos at the centre of a relational community life but not so - this is coming out of a conversation around social capital and networking and how they are transforming business and culture. that doesn't mean for a moment that its any more significant than if it's a conversation around community life in faith communities. but it did impact me all the more none the less. it's a reminder that the search for new ways of being the body of christ is a quest that chimes in with the quest in the wider culture for ways of being human and being community and making a difference.
The explosion of curated membership communities is an attempt to create the shared experiences which bring us into contact with those people, giving us access to the amazing world which we can see, if not fully yet grasp.
it's also interesting that curation as a way of thinking about leadership has not just spilled into thinking about worship leading but is an exciting new metaphor elsewhere.