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Jeremy Kwok

Jeremy grew up in Sydney before moving to the United States for tertiary studies. Jeremy completed the BA, MA (History), and M.Div degrees before returning to Australia with his wife Debbie. He currently works for Christian Education Ministries, a company that owns and operates private schools.

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    Steve

    Excellent idea. We have discussed this in the past and there is some writing out there about the history of the idependent movement in Australia but it is scattered and needs to be organised. The wiki format would be good to allow for corrections and updates as new information is gathered.
    There are probably at least 3 streams of idependent churches that I can think of straightaway, firstly, the American founded ones, second, churches who separated from a major denomination, and thirdly, completely independent ‘mushroom’ churches which pop up by themselves.

    Looking forward to further developments here.

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    Jason Harris

    Good thoughts.

    I’m not familiar with the kind of work the “Moore College Library” does in this regard. Could you elucidate?

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    Jeremy

    Oops – I knew there should have been a link here: http://www.library.moore.edu.au/

    They’re doing a great job cataloguing lectures from visiting guest speakers.

    Steve – Love your description of the independent churches origins.

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    Jeremy

    I knew I forgot something – Moore College Library documents and publishes lectures and other content generated by the college. It also has an Australian religious index. Both helpful. http://www.library.moore.edu.au/

    Steve – Love your categorisation of Australian independent churches.

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    Steve

    As I understand it, each independent church would be responsible for their own historical data, is that correct?

    Would the churches involved be arranged in alphabetical order, or some other classification?

    I think the main challenge would be getting each church to agree to contribute to the database. Given the fragmented nature of idependent churches (to other churches) and the independency of each church, it may be hard to get them to do something of a collective nature, like this.

    Also, as you point out, someone would have to put their hand up and at least get the ball rolling. It would take some cooperation and people would have to agree to disagree about doctrinal issues.

    But then again, it could work. I think the idea has merit.

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    Jason Harris

    Come to think of it, several years ago GMT made an attempt at something somewhat like this. It was called “GMT Connect” but was focused more on the Independent Baptist circles in Australia.

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    Jason Harris

    Thanks for the link Jeremy.

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    Jeremy

    The technical issues behind this kind of venture are quite easy to overcome (data storage and bandwidth excluded).

    The issues (as mentioned) – is user engagement.

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