Saturday, March 13, 2010

A new start and some more education

So, I vowed not to start another blog unless I had something to say. The last blog started out out fine enough, but it quickly turned into a place to just vent my frustration. While I see that as OK every now and then, no one wants to read a blog that is just about complaining.

So here starts a new one, this time with a specific purpose. I want to learn how to better reach people over the web and get them to church. I don’t see this as wanting to provide them a place to go when church is not convenient, but to let them know more of what they can get in their local assemblies. Hebrews tells us to not avoid worshipping with each other (Heb 10:25, The Message) and so we should look for opportunities to gather together in Worship & Praise.

Over the years I have been asked to help build websites and I have gladly either built or helped to build new websites for churches. Lately though, I have come to the realization that that is only the beginning and much more is left to do after the website is up and running.

So I begin a journey to find out how to build a system that brings people in the church, Some of the points I want to address are as follows:

  • An easily maintainable website. That applies to techies and non-techies: there should be no barriers to anyone wanting to participate in reaching out and no assumptions made as to how much they might have to learn to do so.
  • Open avenues of communications. This should include frequent messages from Pastors and saints in the form of forums, blogs, video and audio. A prayer board is not enough; it’s too much of a one-stop. Often people post prayer requests on multiple sites and then never come back until they need more prayer. We should keep the conversation going, much like our talk with God.
  • Use the Internet to it’s potential and capability. If 7 million people have enough time to login into Facebook to play Farmville, let’s put our message in front of them. Communicate what’s happening at church right now, not after the fact only. There’s always time to get to the church for worship.
  • Use the resources on the net to gather information. Many corporations and businesses are using tools like Google calendar and messaging to keep the flow of information easily accessible to everyone, why can’t the saints of God do the same thing.

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--Don

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