The Christian Commons


About the book

Only in the last 100 years has world missions been built on a foundation of “all rights reserved.” This model is both legal and ethical, but it has limited reach. The missions task is immense, and millions of people in thousands of people groups are still waiting to receive even one biblical resource in their own language.

There is another way to equip the global church for spiritual growth. Christians all over the world can use 21st century technology to openly collaborate in the creation of unrestricted biblical content in any language. These unrestricted biblical resources—the Christian Commons—can be legally translated, adapted, built on, revised, redistributed, and used, by anyone, without hindrance, today. Unrestricted biblical resources can reach more people, in less time, with less expense, more effectively.

Everyone who believed was of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common... and there was not a needy person among them. —Acts 4:32,34

Read the book

The updated second edition (2015) of The Christian Commons is available for download (version 2):

(The book is also available in EPUB and MOBI ebook formats.)

Sharing and use

The Christian Commons is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 License. This means you are free to download, share with others, and create other works from this book, provided that you attribute as the original content and release what you create from it under the same license.

The following resources have been written since the publishing of The Christian Commons and focus on strategies and tactics for implementing the vision at a global scale: