Purpose Driven Church has existed as a model for over 30 years, and the book is now over 20 years old. As Purpose Driven Church model moves into the 21st Century, it has the potential to transform from an established model into a movement. One way it might do this is to become a platform.
Platforms bring together the developers of a methodology and the implementers through knowledge management, information sharing, wisdom stewardship, and training interactions.
Most importantly, a platform allows for conversation, collaboration, and cooperation back and forth across the platform. Platforms are not top down, they are mutual and cooperative, leveraging “network effects.”
The greater in scale the platform is, the greater the ability to generate new ideas, innovation, and information. These characteristics, in turn, makes it easier to attract more member to the platform, which increases and enhances the network effect. It becomes a virtuous cycle.
A platform moves beyond a paradigm or model and becomes a means for connecting members into a two-sided platform. Ideas, innovations, and even responsibility become shared. Platforms are infinitely scalable, extremely flexible, responsive, and cooperative. Openness and sharing become key drivers of the platform as opposed to closed and controlled approaches.
The basics of a platform are simple to understand.
Originator and Orchestrator
Purpose Driven Church originated out of Saddleback Church. The Global Purpose Driven Network and Pastors.com are the “owners” so to speak of the PDC paradigm. PDC is “overseen” and stewarded by the PD Global Network and Rick Warren.
The PD network helps to orchestrate the resources, wisdom, and knowledge of the platform. It is less about control than it is about managing a network of global churches all who can contribute to the goals and vision of the originators. In this case, healthy churches producing healthy followers of Jesus and reaching the last unreached people groups (UPGs) on Earth.
Providers are the churches that become Global Partnering Churches and Mentor Churches. They provide the knowledge base, training, and ongoing support to other churches who are seeking to grow into healthy Purpose Driven Churches. Providers can work within their communities and contexts to help other churches become partners in the platform.
Participation in the platform is essential. Providers are encouraged to create and facilitate interactions and persuading involvement and relationship.
Churches around the world will always be developing great ideas, insights, and innovations that other churches in the PD platform can leverage. The power of the platform is these ideas can be spread widely and quickly through the scaling effects of the platform. Ideas, insights, and innovation generated on one side of the world get communicated to others through the platform.
The power of the platform is in expanding and engaging in an “ecosystem” of producers and contributors that create benefits across the platform for all churches.
Partner churches are the “beneficiaries” of a platform. The originator, other providers, producers, and contributors make the platform valuable from one end to the other. Churches that choose to partner with the platform and become Purpose Driven churches benefit from all the other PD churches in the platform.
What will success look like?
The metrics of success for a Purpose Driven Church platform can come in several forms.
How many churches complete the PDC pathway and where are other on the journey? How many churches have become partners, producers, contributors, and providers?
What level of interaction is occurring between the Originator and Provider churches? Are newer churches being trained, equipped, and coached up in Purpose Driven?
What level of engagement is occurring from Producing and Contributing churches? Are ideas, information, and innovation being shared across the platform?
Is the quality of interaction and engagement moving churches forward in the model? Is the level of support and coaching sufficient to run the model forward; from model to movement?
Is there clarity in the communication?
Healthy churches and healthy followers of Jesus.