Thank you for asking, Rich and Hawk. Sorry for the delayed response. The last couple of days have been a bit dizzying. It turns out that I may have a possibility emerging. Unfortunately, I don’t think it best to discuss this potential opportunity in public at this time.
Regarding my background: I’m an ordained pastor, who has worked in the past with congregational redevelopment and new church development. For the last eight years, I’ve been an online moderator. My interest in professionally managing an online community began about 5 years ago. At that time, I started looking into online resources regarding the field. I have also been observing the online spiritual communities I’m a part of, with a specific focus on what seems to be working (or not). I plan to take community management courses in the near future.
What I’m working on: At this moment, my primary question is “how do I tie tasks to KPI’s in a precise way?” So, for example, “this” task will move “this” needle and “that” task will move “that” needle. If the needle moves, keep doing it. If not, change tasks. I admit I’m not used to thinking in this way.
What has worked for me in the past as a redevelopment pastor is a more generalized approach. Work with a group of people to identify what it is they want to accomplish, and facilitate an environment that makes it possible for them to engage this together. While it seems to work well for numbers and building a healthy community, it’s not as easily pre-scripted as a plan. So, I’m currently wrestling with tying all that together. If anyone has any recommendations for resources to help with that, I would love to know about them.
Regarding my hopes (ignoring the current possibility): I’m interested in entering a community management position either inside or outside my current company. Leaving my current location is not an option, so I would need something local or a remote position. Eventually, I would like to build and manage an online (and offline?) spiritual community that promotes a radical and/or revisionist theological perspective.