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· Communitas is a Latin noun for community.
· Communitas can also include liminality - which is a form of transformation.
· Chapter is Communitas Technologies’ Church Management Platform.
If you have read the earlier Story Posts you know that we believe "church" is the people, not the building. We also believe that church can happen any day of the week, at any time and anywhere – wherever two or three gather together, physically or now with the prevalence of smartphones, virtually. Perhaps even at different times, because time is a constraint of man, not God. We are building Chapter, our ChMS product, from the ground up to support this kind of church of the future.
If you aren’t familiar with the word, Communitas, it is Latin for a community, or a body of people acting collectively. One of the reasons the name is so powerful and so apropos is because it refers to an unstructured community (people) in which everyone is equal, and to the very “spirit” of community. Unfortunately, sometimes we in “the Church” don’t always act the part of being good partners within the community because we like our holy huddles to remain just the way they are; but I digress. Let’s move on.
And the meaning of Communitas goes beyond people. It also refers to an organization’s mission, goals, and relationships, and here’s the really cool part, it includes the struggle and bonding that a group of people go through as they transform themselves from one form to another such as in a rite of passage during a journey. The word used to describe this is liminality; now one of my favorite words. With liminality, the group is no longer what it was but still hasn’t become what it’s going to be. The children of Israel, having left Egypt, were no longer slaves, but weren’t yet the nation of Israel. I hope it becomes one of your new favorite words too.
As for the product name, why Chapter? We are about transformation. We want to help both people and churches write new chapters in their stories. What if church became a tapestry of stories? Not just people’s stories, but a tapestry of how people’s stories are woven together through Christ. We want to help churches close out the old chapters within people’s lives and help write new ones … all the way to the final chapter so people can be proud of the entirety of their stories, and then to have them passed down to generations as inspiration for others within their families, within their communities.
Granted, we have been accused of dreaming big, but who wants to dream small? If you dream small, you will get mediocre solutions. I do not want my story to be about something mediocre.
As always, you are welcome to reach out to me if you want to discuss ideas about church systems, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at (214) 668-9807. We can even set some time up to discuss over the phone or face-to-face when we are in the same city in the near future. Technology is rapidly changing the ways people live, for the sake of the next generation, the church cannot be left behind. I look forward to hearing from you.