FAQ - Frequently asked questions about geistreich

What exactly is the project geistreich?

This project aims to uncover the variety of church projects. It offers a service platform for publishing projects. The core is the section, called “wissensreich” (rich in knowledge), an encyclopaedia of ecclesiastic knowledge based on experience, where projects can be developed jointly. In the so called “erfahrungsreich” (rich in experiences) section, projects can be introduced without having others contributing to or commenting on the project. Also, there is “ideenreich” (rich in ideas), a section where questions and ideas can be discussed.

In each article, the author is clearly indicated. This enables the reader to send him or her a message and start a conversation about the project.

What is geistreich not?

geistreich is not a theological or biblical encyclopaedia. geistreich is a practical encyclopaedia. The main focus is on the project and its realization. The project is reflected theologically and biblically founded, but still, it is a project. An article about an “Adult baptism seminar on John the Baptist” is in the right place here, whereas the article about John the Baptist as a person, will be found on Wikipedia. geistreich is not a collection of sermons, but people looking for concepts for church services can find them here.

What is the origin of this project?

The geistreich project is a result of the PATONGO research process. Project partners are the EKD, the Fernuniversität Hagen (a distance- teaching university) and the Knowledge Media Institute. Sponsors are the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the European Social Fund. The geistreich project is part of the EKD reformation process. In this reformation process, we want to give the numerous innovative projects within the Evangelical Church a platform to be seen and recognized.

geistreich is run within the direct responsibility of the EKD since June 2012. From June 2012 to May 2015 geistreich was part-funded by T-Systems.

What am I allowed to upload and use?

Media upload (pictures, etc.) is strictly restricted to content, of which you own the copyrights, or which is royalty free. By uploading texts, you give permission for them to be modified and/or reused elsewhere. Therefore, you are allowed to use texts from the geistreich website and to copy projects. We assume, that no illegal, e.g. right-wing extremist content is uploaded. We also assume, that the projects lie within the spectrum of the evangelic doctrine and practice. In extreme cases, we reserve the right to delete content. For further detail, please visit our page General Terms and Conditions.

What about Data protection?

We take data protection very seriously. For further detail, please read our privacy policy.

What is the difference between the sections erfahrungsreich and wissensreich?

Both sections look similar. The erfahrungsreich section is all about your projects. Only you can describe these.

But what if different parishes have already executed the same project? In those cases it would be beneficial to combine the experiences of different parishes into one article. That is the purpose of wissenreich, the encyclopaedia of experience-based ecclesiastic knowledge. Here, many members collaborate on writing an article together. Like Wikipedia, this is an open encyclopaedia

Who decides which content will be available on geistreich?

geistreich is not being written by a group of editors, but is a user- edited website, a site in the sense of Web 2.0. Ecclesiastic practitioners may enter their projects without having them reviewed by editorial staff. In this sense, the internet platform geistreich is not a platform of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), but a forum for practitioners within the EKD and its member churches. Quality management in general is not maintained by an editorial department of the EKD, but by the community of users.

Therefore, the spectrum of methods will be wider and more diverse than those of the “Beispiele guter Praxis” (examples of good practice) on the editorial website “Kirche im Aufbruch” (church on the move). Yet, this spectrum is indeed the wide spectrum which exists within our church.

Therefore we request that you contribute to this site in the Sense of the Web 2.0, even – or even more so, when your opinion is different or even diverging. You can either start a discussion on the bottom of the page (use the button “contribute to discussion”) or emphasize your alternative point of view in the text of the article (use the button “edit article”).

Beside the options of commenting on an article or enlisting alternative points of view, users can also vote for the projects. This way, a project, that is based on assumptions that are shared only by a few members of the community, will be displayed at the bottom of a site in the list view mode. This function is not provided by editors, but again by the community.

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