LDS Church Brings More Transparency Through Technology
It has been leaked that this conference weekend, the Church will be rolling out a new way for church members to be involved in the creation and approval of policies through a new resource, The Church Handbook of Instructions Wiki, or CHI-ki, where members can add, clarify, remove, and dispute church administrative protocols.
A church spokesperson confirmed saying, “As the Church readies itself for the Millennium, we are preparing more and more to follow the direction that “all things shall be done by common consent in the church.” By bringing the Church Handbook of Instructions to the members we are hoping to encourage more engagement with the Church, particularly among the upcoming generation of Millennials as they mature and take on more leadership roles.”
When asked whether the Church feels membership will participate and use a wiki, the spokesperson responded, “Our examination of the BYU student body tells us that our educated young people trust and use wikis as reliable sources.”
After being alerted of the gender gap of wiki contributors, the spokesperson agreed, “Around 10% of Wikipedia’s contributors are women. That sounds about right for our needs.”
Additionally, the Church is planning an announcement to open source MLS (Member and Leadership Software) which is used for keeping track of memberships, temple recommends, tithing donations, and ward callings. Soon individuals will be able to run personal MLS systems for their families to keep track of FHE assignments and who is worthy to receive a priesthood blessing at the start of the school year.