was "born" in late 1997 and grew out of
an earlier incarnation called "pointx"
and was hosted on a free service provider until 1999. at the end of 1999 www.ginkworld.net was purchased and the
adventure began. over that time we
have experienced several changes and growth spurts.
in 2001 www.ginkworld.net offered free web-based email
and became more community connected. when
www.ginkworld.net was founder there were just a few
postmodern ministries on the net helping to
develop and maintain community. as we enter
the 21st century www.ginkworld.net is poised to expand
and reach the emerging church and skeptic for
is not a "doctrinal" statement page -
the reason we do not post a "doctrinal
statement" is that we have many voices who
express themselves on ginkworld, and we like
that. we enjoy hearing voices from people
with different opinions then others may
hold. if we place a "doctrinal
statement" on this site we are telling
others, who may differ from us, that their voice
is not valid - and that is something we refuse to
to be a resource center for all communities of faith desiring to outreaching to this generation of
people seeking to heal from life pain, develop authentic friendship with
others and a lasting and true loving relationship with God in their
To help all communities of faith
minister to the not-yet-believers, and those who are believers develop, a
meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ.
To celebrate the diversity of the individual. Discrimination,
on any basis of gender, race, ethnicity, appearance or distinguishing
characteristics is unacceptable.
We appreciate the individual and encourage them to use their
creativity appropriately in-group settings.
We strongly encourage people to be who God desires them to
become, and not what others place on them as limitations.
understand and develop our need for authentic and caring friendships.
We understand that all of us want true and lasting friendship,
but are not sure how to develop them, and not sure how to act when we
do. We believe small groups are the key to developing such
relationships. We believe
that small groups allow us to develop intimate friendships in a caring
and participating environment, while allowing us to express our
truly experience the fullness of God in our lives.
We desire to open our lives to God, and in so experience His full power
and love. We believe this
is accomplished by our desire to study, be in fellowship with others and
share our understanding of God with those around us.
love people and help them develop a healthy wholeness. We
desire not to judge, we desire strongly not to judge.
We see people, all people, as having value to God and seeking to
know how God is working in their lives.
To help people see the wholeness of self, we believe we need to
help them look deep inside who they are, and see the junk that clogs
their lives. This is messy,
and time consuming. But we
believe it to be central to our understanding of how we are to be in
relationship with others, and God.
transforms people at their core.
We, as people, may want to develop shades
to help us deal with certain issues in our life;
still, God is God.
We believe we can share the truth in a gracious and loving way
– Jesus never shared with those seeking God in a
mean spirited, hurtful way.
help people mature in their walk. We
believe we are all walking this thing we call life together, and as such
we need to be willing to walk with each other.
Walking alone is lonely – walking with others allows us to help
carry each other when needed. Faith,
and faith development, is challenging – it can alter us at the core of
who we are, and we strive to be challenged and moved ahead in our walk
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c o'keefe: founder/architect. john also
writes under the name of his alter ego "punk monkey."
cardiel: chief editor/creative voice -
while heather is not new to the team, she will be joining us officially in june
2005 and has started to edit all new articles on
ginkworld. heather's talent and her ability to
"see" the need for changes make her a great and
needed addition to the team; she works best when john
actually gives her his stuff to edit.
miracles: the code guy who is always
finding new and fun things to do on ginkworld.
steven is the brains and direction behind ginktionary and
more. his coding has help us reach many more people,
and increased our bandwidth by a ton.
on the message board; those shadowy figures who do so much
to keep voices going: