Categories
Perspectives

Who Cares About Your Church Website?

Who cares what you’re doing? Seriously. Who cares about the work you do maintaining your church website?

Not long ago, I spent some devotional time looking at passages where Paul speaks of the need for believers to “build up” one another.

I started thinking about the impact of my service to my local church.

For sure, the skills and abilities I’ve been given provide practical benefit. I’ve seen that. But I wanted to know how people are being refreshed and encouraged by the work I do.

In other words, does my web work spiritually build up the body at my local assembly and beyond? And, if it does, how?

Maybe you’ve wondered that, too. I don’t think it’s uncommon to feel that way.

Though the product of our work is laid bare before a global audience, web work is still very much a “behind the scenes” ministry.

Church web workers work their magic while going largely unnoticed and unknown. And, truth be told, we kinda like it like that.

But, we’re still as encouraged as anyone else when we learn that our work has made a real impact in someone’s life.

I see the trees

When my pastor walked with me during the year I wanted to read the entire Bible for the first time, he did a practical thing sending me an “accountability” email every week.

Instead of asking me a simple “yes or no” question, he took it a step further by having me explain what insights God revealed during my daily readings.

The obvious, practical benefit was that, with his help, I was able to reach my goal.

But, the kindness and patience and sacrifice he made also built me up spiritually. During that year, I grew in the grace and knowledge of Jesus, learned more about God than I ever imagined, and matured in my faith as I did what I heard (James 1:22).

So, it’s easy for me to know how, even now, I benefit spiritually from his work.

But from my perspective, I can’t see how others likewise benefit from my work. That “behind the scenes” nature of the work makes it easy for me to get all caught up in the technical and creative aspects of it. So, I have a hard time seeing the forest for the trees.

Add to that the ever-shifting environment of the Web. Staying on top of the changes and their effect on what I do is a real challenge. That tension makes it tempting to focus on the temporal aspects of the work.

It’s a daily fight. And, that’s what prompted me to ask my pastor for help.

I asked him to help me see how what I do is up-building to him and to the body. Though I was energized by his response, it took several days for me to realize that I still could only see the “trees.”

Oh, there’s the forest!

At first glance, his list reveals that practical needs are being met. That’s certainly encouraging!

But, the more I thought about it, it still didn’t seem particularly “spiritual.” I still couldn’t see what “eternal value” my efforts produce.

If he’d told me people were growing in their faith (or, even being saved) as a direct result of visiting our website, I’d be counting that for sure!

But, what eternal value is there to updating plugins, taking down outdated content, or compressing images and PDF files?

It wasn’t until I sat down to write this article that it hit me: the body is built up through practical means, and in practical ways.

[slogan size=”small” color=”#88200ee”]”[…] even a cup of cold water, given with the right spirit, brings its own reward.”  –Warren Wiersbe[/slogan]

Working in the name of Jesus to make our websites safe for people to visit, easy to navigate, convenient to use, and useful for learning and getting things done, means as much to Him as handing someone a glass of water (Matthew 10:42).

And, giving a thirsty person a drink of water is about as practical as it gets!

So, who cares what I’m doing?

What does it matter? Well…

  • It mattered to the man in Detroit, Michigan, the woman in Moshi Tanzania, and that other guy in Albuquerque, New Mexico who were able to get answers to their questions about spiritual matters.
  • It matters to my pastor because he has access to a knowledgeable source for answers to all kinds of technical questions, and help to accomplish ministry goals online.
  • My work also matters to him because he wants his teaching ministry/efforts to be strengthened and enlarged as his voice (speaking God’s truth) is carried across the globe.
  • My work matters to people all over the globe, especially those who want to learn more about God, and are able to do so, as they hear the Word and insights my pastor shares.
  • My work matters to brothers and sisters in our assembly who want to be able listen to sermons and otherwise stay connected and “in the loop” when they’re away due to travel , illness, etc.
  • My work mattered to visitors to our area who wanted to locate and fellowship with like-minded believers while they were away from their own home church on a short-term work assignment.
  • My work mattered to a young Marine newly-stationed at a nearby installation who, before he arrived, wanted to locate a body of like-minded believers to assemble with.

The campus where my small church assembles is one mile off the main road in a rural, heavily-wooded area. During the Summer of 2014, we lost the lease on a patch of land on the main road where our sign had been pitched for more than 25 years.

Since then, we’ve made our plans, but we’re still waiting for God to provide land and signage replacements.

And yet, He’s shown me that my work matters to Him. Even as we wait on Him, He guides weary souls down that narrow road to our church each week, and many times He’s used our website to do it.

During the last 10 months we’ve welcomed 61 guests, 23 of whom found us online and came after visiting our website.

Who cares what you’re doing?

So, what care do you take with your church’s website? Who are you thinking about or caring about as you perform your work to maintain it?

Is your attitude and motivation God-honoring or self-serving?

Do you think anyone cares about what you’re doing?

If you think no one cares about the work you do, you also might be tempted to not care about it. That attitude will most certainly be reflected in what people find when they visit your church website.

The web is littered with dead or dying church websites that no one cares about.

I hope you won’t let your website be counted among them.

Find out who your church website matters to

If you want to know what impact your work is making, start asking questions.

Who greets new visitors to your church? Do they ask your guests how they heard about the church? Ask them to share that with you.

Do you use guest cards to gather contact information and track new visitors attending your church? Do you ask “How Did You Learn About Us” or include a similar question on the card? If not, take steps to get it added in.

Our guest card didn’t include that question. So, I asked our Office Manager to add it. Now we’re all encouraged when visitors arrive on our doorstep as a result of finding and spending time on our website!

Talk to your pastor, your Office Manager, or anyone who’s on the “front lines” at your church. Ask them to share what they’ve heard people say about it.

Of course, on this side of eternity, none of us can truly know the full extent to which God is using our work. But you can be sure your work matters to Him.

Our duty is to remain faithful in our service to Him.

Remember, God is not unfair. He will not forget the work you did or the love you showed for Him in the help you gave and are still giving to other Christians. (Hebrews 6:10 GNT)

Categories
Perspectives

Why Learning To Say NO Is A Good Thing

Learning to say No is hard. But, I’ve discovered that learning to say No, even to “good things,” is a good thing.

In fact, it’s a very good and essential thing for church Web workers.

How learning to say No saved my life

Growing up, I was taught that you said Yes to “nice” or “good” things, and No to “bad” or “evil” things.

As a young military enlistee, I was taught saying Yes signaled obedience and submission. Those were good things.

Soldiers who said No were looking for trouble.

After the military, the civilian workforce taught me that agreeable, cooperative, team players said Yes.

People who wanted to get fired said No.

I learned that saying Yes pleased people. And, so I learned to be a people-pleaser.

Then, after months of being overwhelmed, overworked, and suffering from a sudden and severe bout of headaches and dizziness, I was diagnosed as being dangerously close to having a stroke.

I was 28 years old.

My doctor told me that if I didn’t immediately make some major changes in my life, I would likely not live to see 30.

That was my kick-start.  It wasn’t easy, but my life quite literally depended on my learning to say No.

Learning to say No as a Christ-follower

Later, after God rescued me, I was eager to learn all I could about what living this new life in Christ meant.

It didn’t take long to discover that the word Yes is just as highly valued in the Church.

As with the civilian workforce, saying Yes in the Church often brands you as an agreeable, cooperative, team player.

In fact, some will even judge your spiritual maturity and level of commitment to the cause of Christ based on how often you say Yes.

In other words, the more requests you say Yes to, the more highly esteemed you are as a selfless servant of Christ.

When it comes to “church work,” we humans can attach great piety to the word Yes. But, that’s not how God judges our commitment and work in Christ.

What a comfort to know that I’m neither expected nor required to say Yes to every human request made of me!

Learning to say No as a church Web worker

For church Web workers, saying No can be especially difficult.

Websites need our regular, ongoing attention if they are to be fashioned into the effective ministry tools we want them to be.

I wonder if you’re like me. I’ve got lots of hopes, dreams, and ideas for my church’s website.

And, then there are all those requests (and sometimes demands) from leaders and members of your local assembly.

I don’t get very many of those, but maybe you do.

With all of the good things we can and want to be doing with our websites, it’s easy to get over-extended and overwhelmed with the work of our ministry.

But, we’re not required to say Yes to every request. Nor is our every idea and desire for the site profitable or needful.

Hard work can bring glory to God. Ministry burnout—not so much.

So what’s the solution? Where’s the balance?

It’s simple: learn to say No to the “right” good things.

How to know what good things to say No to

I was encouraged by Yvon Prehn’s insight about how learning to say No can actually free us up to follow our Lord’s example.

In her Devotions for Church Communicators, Yvon reminds us that Jesus said No to many things and many people. At all times, His chief concern was to do what His Father wanted Him to do (Matthew 26:39; Luke 2:49; John 4:34, 5:30).

[divider]

“I tell you the truth,” he continued, “No prophet is accepted in his hometown. I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land.

Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.” (Luke 4:24-27).

One of the hardest words to say when you are involved in church communication is “no.” One of the hardest words to say when you are involved in church communication is “no.”

[framed_box align=”right”][/framed_box] There is always another project to be done, always someone you could help by putting together a flyer, newsletter, or web project for them. There is always a way to do a project better, a better photograph, or illustration, or clip art we know we can find if we just take the time to search. But we need to follow our Lord’s example and learn to say “no.”

It is never easy. After Jesus shared these words the people of his hometown tried to kill him. Hopefully the reaction to our refusal to do a project or to make another revision won’t be quite as harsh, but we shouldn’t be surprised at negative reactions.

What makes it difficult is that we have to learn to say “no” to good things. For many of us in the Christian life, we’ve spent so much time learning to say “no” to evil. Learning to say “no” to something that is good and needed—that’s tough.

What a good example Jesus is for us here. There were many things he said “no” to—people he didn’t heal, places he didn’t go to preach, and people he didn’t go after.

What he did do was his Father’s will. He knew only his Father had the big picture and knew exactly what Jesus needed to do to accomplish that plan. Jesus could say “no” in peace because he spent intense and intimate time with God.

Time with God, confirming his will for us, is the only way to determine what good things we must say “no” to in our lives and church communication ministries.

This post is an excerpt from Devotions for Church Communicators, by Yvon Prehn. It’s one of my “go-to” devotionals when I thirst for perspective and encouragement while performing the work entrusted to me.

[divider]

Jesus didn’t say Yes to everything and everyone. Nor does God our Father.

His desire is for us to be wise, to try to understand what He wants us to do, and to follow His example in everything we do (Ephesians 5:1, 15-17).

He neither expects nor demands that we say Yes to everything and everyone.

And, that’s a good thing.

Categories
Perspectives

Church Website Ideas Has A New Facebook Page!

I am SO excited to announce that Church Website Ideas has a new Facebook page! YAY!

That Page has been a long time coming. I’d actually started creating it right after I acquired CWI. But, once I got started with transitioning the blog, I realized Facebook would have to wait.

This year, I was determined to get that project going. So last week I knocked it out, and now the new Facebook page is up and running and it’s happiness!

Small church got a website? This blog’s for you!

The Church Website Ideas blog is still the primary source for tips, resources, and guidance to support busy church communicators—volunteers, staff, and pastors and leaders of smaller churches—involved in the decision-making and hands-on tasks necessary for building and maintaining your church’s Web presence.

But the new Facebook page offers even more.

Why you should LIKE the New Facebook Page

The new Facebook page is being updated with content from Church Website Ideas AND from around the interwebs.

It’s another avenue you can use to stay informed, be encouraged, share ideas, and connect with fellow, like-minded small church Web workers from around the world.

So, check it out. And, be sure to Like the Page to have this great content show up in your newsfeed.

Categories
Perspectives

So Grateful To My April Sponsors

My Sponsors are absolutely heaven-sent! And I’m so grateful to them!

They make Church Website Ideas possible because of their faithful, generous support.

Travis Sinks of Tnsinks Designs joined me during April to support the work here at Church Website Ideas. Woohoo!

Ministries of all size can benefit from the high-quality design, content management systems, and website services  my wonderful sponsors provide.

Please check ’em out! And, be sure to tell a friend about them by sharing this post!

Big Sponsor

Tnsinks Designs

Tnsinks Designs is based in Delray Beach, Florida and began as a web design company with a mission to provide a better option for custom websites on one of the very best platforms: Squarespace. Travis’s goal is to provide a beautiful, responsive, and functional website to every church and business that wants to improve their online presence. It’s a small company that wants to make a big difference for your website.

Sponsor

Build A Church Website

Build A Church Website offers a total church website solution. You will get a website that is specifically engineered for the church. This means that their efforts go toward developing components and systems that are geared specifically for church website design.

Cheap Church Websites

Cheap Church Websites offers a feature-rich, cost-effective website solution for budget-conscious ministries. If you want a great looking website that’s simple to manage and won’t break the bank, here’s a solution worth considering.

Courtyard

Courtyard offers a software solution to help you put your church directly online. Courtyard provides you with a private, interactive directory website where your members can share and update their contact information. It’s the perfect solution for churches, schools, home school groups, or any group that wants to help their members connect with one another. Unlike business-oriented software, Courtyard keeps your members organized by family, just like you would in a printed church directory.

Ekklesia 360 by Monk Development

Monk Development’s Ekklesia 360 is a solution providing simple, effective online ministry. If you need a beautiful website & the tools that help you care for your people & reach more in your community, all supported by leading ministry thinkers, you’ve got to check them out!

[divider_line]

Partner With Church Website Ideas

Church Website Ideas aims to inspire and support church communicators and Web workers in their efforts to extend the unique, God-given mission and assignment of their local assembly online, through the thoughtful building and effective use of their church website.

Church Website Ideas specifically targets busy church communicators—volunteers, staff, pastors, and leaders of small- and medium-sized churches—involved in the decision-making and hands-on tasks necessary for building their church’s Web presence. These hardworking servants are always on the lookout for high quality, value-added tools and solutions to help them successfully reach their ministry goals online.

You can learn more about becoming a valued Sponsor of Church Website Ideas, by visiting Beacon Ads.

 

Image Credit: jcbonbon | Flickr cc

Categories
Perspectives

Do I Need A Website For My Church?

So, do I need a website for my church?

That was the key question in an e-mail I received recently from one of my newsletter subscribers. Diane wrote,

Grace
I don’t have a website yet and don’t know how to go about getting one set up. Do I really need one? Our church is very small (about 20) on Sunday mornings. We are a new church plant within the past 18 months.

I began by telling Diane, it really depends on her (and her congregation) and what they mean to accomplish through their ministry. If using the Internet can help them do whatever that is, then they’ll want to consider creating a website.

Do I NEED a website for my church?

But, the plain and simple answer is: no. Contrary to popular belief, your small church does not need a website.

Modern technology methods, tools, and techniques, while helpful, are not some necessary and critical element required for the Church to be able to faithfully carry out the work we’ve been given to do.

Neither does our work in the world rise or fall on whether or not we possess or use them.

Yessirree, I’m a professional Web worker and a card-carrying tech-lover who can barely remember what life was like before my iOS devices (and, at 51, I know there was abundant life before iOS devices).

But, I think we get confused about this.

A lot.

Local assemblies all over the world, including in the good ‘ole US of A, are accomplishing God’s will for them all without the benefit of having an online address.

Technology can offer convenience, value, and assistance to a ministry, but it’s never meant to be considered “needful” for ministry. And, we certainly shouldn’t think that we can’t do ministry without these things.

However, if you do think that building a website for your church is an idea you’d like to pursue, be sure you count the cost of doing that BEFORE you begin building.

What it means to “count the cost”

By “counting the cost”, I’m not just talking about money. There’s a lot you’ll need to consider when deciding to build a website for your small church.

For example, here are just a few of things you’ll want to get clear about:

  • Why do we think we NEED a website? For what purpose are we building it?
  • What’s it going to help us do?
  • What goals can a website help us reach?
  • Who are we meaning to serve with it?
  • How are we meaning to serve them?
  • How much do we have to cover first year expenses?
  • Who will be responsible for maintaining the site once it’s built?
  • Who will be responsible for updating the website?
  • How frequently will it need to be updated?
  • What will need to be updated?
  • Will anyone need to be trained? Who? On what?
  • Who will monitor security?
  • Who will back up the website? How often?
  • Where will backups of the site be stored?
  • Who will oversee site administration?
  • Who will ensure website software is regularly updated?
  • What content do we need to create?
  • What specialized skills will be needed to create it?

This isn’t anywhere near an exhaustive list, but it’ll get you started thinking through what you want to build, and how you plan to use it effectively to support the ministry.

A few more things to consider

If you don’t have anyone to help you properly maintain the website (e.g. monitoring security, updating software, creating and updating content, etc.), one option would be to outsource those tasks.

You could also go with a service provider that bundles these services into a monthly fee.

Hosting a WordPress website on a service like Hostgator offers great flexibility, but you’ve got to have the expertise and the time to keep up with all you’ll need to know and do to properly maintain the site.

The speed at which technology evolves makes this a challenge even for professional Web workers.

Some small churches stick their toe in the water by beginning with social media.

But, again, you shouldn’t make the decision to do that unless your members have asked for it, use it, or you develop some other strategy for using it to support your ministry.

If you DO consider using social media, look first at what the average age is of the people who are gathering together.

Do they use social media? What service do they prefer? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram?

If they’re an older group, have no interest, and spend little time online, or aren’t active on social media, you’d be wasting your time and money trying to build a website to serve them, because they most likely wouldn’t use it.

On the other hand, if you mean to use the Web to reach out beyond your congregation, you still need to have some basic understanding of the audience you’re targeting in order to effectively reach and serve them.

The main thing to remember is that the Web should support your ministry, not the other way around.

If you can accomplish what you mean to accomplish now, without having a website, then don’t worry about it.

Seriously.

Don’t get stressed out about rushing to get on the Web, in response to peer pressure (no, Virginia, that never goes away).

If it makes sense later, then put effort into it.

Above all, do all of this PRAYERFULLY. God knows whether or not, and how, He would have you use the Web to accomplish the work He’s given you to do.

Seek His wisdom in faith, and He will give it to you!

That’s a promise (James 1:5-6).

Categories
Perspectives

A Billion THANKS To My January Sponsors

I’m so grateful for my sponsors! Seriously. They make Church Website Ideas possible because of their faithful, generous support.

And, I’m really stoked that two new sponsors—Prochurch CMS and ChristianWebHoster.com—joined me during January to support the work here at Church Website Ideas. Woohoo!

Unique, Christian-themed graphics, images, and media products and high-quality content management systems and website services, are just a few of the incredible products and services my wonderful sponsors provide.

Ministries of all sizes can benefit from their offerings.

Please check ’em out! And, be sure to tell a friend about them by sharing this post!

[ssba]

 

Big Sponsors

ProChurch CMS

With ProChurch, editing your website is as easy as editing a Word document. Their editor offers intuitive formatting controls, easy linking, tables, ability to insert images and videos, as well as HTML code. Their smart style system helps keep formatting consistent throughout all pages on the site. Even if you copy-paste external content, it is instantly formatted in your site’s current style. You don’t need any extra software or above-average computer skills. As long as you have an internet connection and a web browser, you can keep your site fresh!

Lightstock

The founders of Lightstock.com believe that what’s lacking today is not pre-packaged media, but the raw materials for Christian creatives to work from. Lightstock’s library of content is that unique raw material which can be utilized in countless ways. Pick any other stock site and slog through their faith-based images… what do you get? The same stuff you’ve been seeing for a decade. Lightstock is fresh, creative, faith-focused and professional. Lightstock is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

“Double Portion” Sponsors provide an added blessing to Church Website Ideas, through their multiple ad sponsorships.

iMinistries

iMinistries is a church website CMS that makes great looking and easy to use church websites. By building your website with the iMinistries Church Website CMS, you get a budget-friendly, easy-to-update church website that’s feature-rich and gives you complete control over how it looks, what it says, and what it does.

Sponsors

ChristianWebHoster.com

ChristianWebHoster.com offers Web hosting using servers housed in top-of-the-line data centers, and protected by both physical security and server-based security, power redundancy, data redundancy, hardware DDOS protection, secure firewalls, etc. ChristianWebHoster promises that your data will be secure with them, and that it will be served to your web visitors with speed and reliability. Right now, you can get your first month of web hosting for only ONE CENT (any hosting plan). Use coupon code: ONE

Build A Church Website

Build A Church Website offers a total church website solution. You will get a website that is specifically engineered for the church. This means that their efforts go toward developing components and systems that are geared specifically for church website design.

Cheap Church Websites

Cheap Church Websites offers a feature-rich, cost-effective website solution for budget-conscious ministries. If you want a great looking website that’s simple to manage and won’t break the bank, here’s a solution worth considering.

Courtyard

Courtyard offers a software solution to help you put your church directly online. Courtyard provides you with a private, interactive directory website where your members can share and update their contact information. It’s the perfect solution for churches, schools, home school groups, or any group that wants to help their members connect with one another. Unlike business-oriented software, Courtyard keeps your members organized by family, just like you would in a printed church directory.

Ekklesia 360 by Monk Development

Monk Development’s Ekklesia 360 is a solution providing simple, effective online ministry. If you need a beautiful website & the tools that help you care for your people & reach more in your community, all supported by leading ministry thinkers, you’ve got to check them out! Monk Development is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

[divider_line]

Partner With Church Website Ideas

Church Website Ideas aims to inspire and support church communicators and Web workers in their efforts to extend the unique, God-given mission and assignment of their local assembly online, through the thoughtful building and effective use of their church website.

Church Website Ideas specifically targets busy church communicators—volunteers, staff, pastors, and leaders of small- and medium-sized churches—involved in the decision-making and hands-on tasks necessary for building their church’s Web presence. These hardworking servants are always on the lookout for high quality, value-added tools and solutions to help them successfully reach their ministry goals online.

You can learn more about becoming a valued Sponsor of Church Website Ideas, by visiting Beacon Ads.

 

Image Credit: Jessica Duensing & JD Hancock | Flickr cc

Categories
Perspectives

How to Increase Spiritual Fruit in a Digital World

As a member of His family, God is deeply concerned that my life produces spiritual fruit (John 15:16). But, how do I walk that out as a Web worker? In the regular, daily routine of carrying out my work online, what does it mean to increase spiritual fruit in a digital world? How do I do that?

How Can Church Web Workers Increase Spiritual Fruit in a Digital World?

Right after I acquired Church Website Ideas more than a year ago, I felt so apprehensive. I couldn’t put my finger on it.  As I prayerfully considered God’s purpose for the blog, I just had a sense that writing about design strategy, ideas, and techniques was only a portion of the work I’d been given to accomplish.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:4-5 ESV

For the first time, I had a real sense that there was more to church website design than developing a strategy, choosing colors and fonts, creating intuitive navigation structures, and applying content creation best practices.

Too much emphasis seems to be placed on the pragmatic. Something is missing in the way we generally think about and talk about and go about building and tweaking and maintaining and using our church websites.

That’s why I’m so grateful for the like-minded communicators—gifted brothers and sisters in Christ— who’ve put words to the stirrings in my heart!

As they labor to complete the work God’s given them, their commitment to “hold fast to the faith”, and to teach and encourage others to do the same, is such a blessing to the Church.

Kent Shaffer is one of those dear brothers.

Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of listening to a talk he gave this past June at Biola University. Leading a breakout session in the Theology track at Biola’s 2014 biola.digital conference, Kent explored how we can increase spiritual fruit in a digital world.

[tvideo type=”youtube” clip_id=”JeuakfK47Ws” autoplay=”false” loop=”false” rel=”false” modestbranding=”false”]

Kent also published notes from his talk on ChurchRelevance.com.

Categories
Perspectives

THANKS to My November Sponsors!

God is so gracious! He’s given me many gifts, skills, abilities, and talents.

Bookkeeping isn’t one of them.

That’s why I’m SO GRATEFUL for my Sponsors. Their faithful, generous support make it possible for me to outsource my bookkeeping.

So, by their support, they’re contributing to the basic needs of another member of the Body (my bookkeeper), AND they enable me to practice good stewardship over what’s been entrusted to me.

For all of that, I am eternally grateful!

Unique, Christian-themed graphics, images, and media products and high-quality content management systems and website services, are just a few of the incredible products and services my sponsors provide. Ministries of all sizes can benefit from their offerings.

Please check ’em out! And, be sure to tell a friend about them by sharing this post!

[ssba]

 

Big Sponsors

FaithConnector

FC is a custom-developed content management system built to give churches the highest-quality church website system available at the most affordable price. For the money, FC promises you won’t find a more complete, all-inclusive feature list than our system provides, especially when it comes to church and ministry-specific features. FaithConnector (FC) is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

“Double Portion” Sponsors provide an added blessing to Church Website Ideas, through their multiple ad sponsorships.

iMinistries

iMinistries is a church website CMS that makes great looking and easy to use church websites. By building your website with the iMinistries Church Website CMS, you get a budget-friendly, easy-to-update church website that’s feature-rich and gives you complete control over how it looks, what it says, and what it does.

Lightstock

The founders of Lightstock.com believe that what’s lacking today is not pre-packaged media, but the raw materials for Christian creatives to work from. Lightstock’s library of content is that unique raw material which can be utilized in countless ways. Pick any other stock site and slog through their faith-based images… what do you get? The same stuff you’ve been seeing for a decade. Lightstock is fresh, creative, faith-focused and professional. Lightstock is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

Sponsors

Build A Church Website

Build A Church Website offers a total church website solution. You will get a website that is specifically engineered for the church. This means that their efforts go toward developing components and systems that are geared specifically for church website design.

Cheap Church Websites

Cheap Church Websites offers a feature-rich, cost-effective website solution for budget-conscious ministries. If you want a great looking website that’s simple to manage and won’t break the bank, here’s a solution worth considering.

Courtyard

Courtyard offers a software solution to help you put your church directly online. Courtyard provides you with a private, interactive directory website where your members can share and update their contact information. It’s the perfect solution for churches, schools, homeschool groups, or any group that wants to help their members connect with one another. Unlike business-oriented software, Courtyard keeps your members organized by family, just like you would in a printed church directory.

Ekklesia 360 by Monk Development

Monk Development’s Ekklesia 360 is a solution providing simple, effective online ministry. If you need a beautiful website & the tools that help you care for your people & reach more in your community, all supported by leading ministry thinkers, you’ve got to check them out! Monk Development is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

 

Church Website Ideas aims to inspire and support church communicators and Web workers in their efforts to extend the unique, God-given mission and assignment of their local assembly online, through the thoughtful building and effective use of their church website.

Church Website Ideas specifically targets busy church communicators—volunteers, staff, pastors, and leaders of small- and medium-sized churches—involved in the decision-making and hands-on tasks necessary for building their church’s Web presence. These hardworking servants are always on the lookout for high quality, value-added tools and solutions to help them successfully reach their ministry goals online.

You can learn more about becoming a valued Sponsor of Church Website Ideas, by visiting Beacon Ads.

Categories
Perspectives

Many Thanks to My AWESOME Sponsors!

I’m so grateful for my Sponsors. They make Church Website Ideas possible because of their faithful, generous support.

Unique, Christian-themed graphics, images, and media products and high-quality content management systems and website services,  are just a few of the incredible products and services my sponsors provide. Ministries of all sizes can benefit from their offerings.

Please check ’em out! And, be sure to tell a friend about them by sharing this post!

[ssba]

 

Big Sponsors

FaithConnector

FC is a custom-developed content management system built to give churches the highest-quality church website system available at the most affordable price. For the money, FC promises you won’t find a more complete, all-inclusive feature list than our system provides, especially when it comes to church and ministry-specific features. FaithConnector (FC) is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

“Double Portion” Sponsors provide an added blessing to Church Website Ideas, through their multiple ad sponsorships.

iMinistries

iMinistries is a church website CMS that makes great looking and easy to use church websites. By building your website with the iMinistries Church Website CMS, you get a budget-friendly, easy-to-update church website that’s feature-rich and gives you complete control over how it looks, what it says, and what it does.

Lightstock

The founders of Lightstock.com believe that what’s lacking today is not pre-packaged media, but the raw materials for Christian creatives to work from. Lightstock’s library of content is that unique raw material which can be utilized in countless ways. Pick any other stock site and slog through their faith-based images… what do you get? The same stuff you’ve been seeing for a decade. Lightstock is fresh, creative, faith-focused and professional. Lightstock is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

Sponsors

Build A Church Website

Build A Church Website offers a total church website solution. You will get a website that is specifically engineered for the church. This means that their efforts go toward developing components and systems that are geared specifically for church website design.

Cheap Church Websites

Don’t let the name fool you. Cheap Church Websites offers a feature-rich, cost-effective website solution for budget-conscious ministries. If you want a great looking website that’s simple to manage and won’t break the bank, here’s a solution worth considering.

Courtyard

Courtyard offers a software solution to help you put your church directly online. Courtyard provides you with a private, interactive directory website where your members can share and update their contact information. It’s the perfect solution for churches, schools, homeschool groups, or any group that wants to help their members connect with one another. Unlike business-oriented software, Courtyard keeps your members organized by family, just like you would in a printed church directory.

Ekklesia 360 by Monk Development

Monk Development’s Ekklesia 360 is a solution providing simple, effective online ministry. If you need a beautiful website & the tools that help you care for your people & reach more in your community, all supported by leading ministry thinkers, you’ve got to check them out! Monk Development is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

 

Church Website Ideas aims to inspire and support church communicators and Web workers in their efforts to extend the unique, God-given mission and assignment of their local assembly online, through the thoughtful building and effective use of their church website.

Church Website Ideas specifically targets busy church communicators—volunteers, staff, pastors, and leaders of small- and medium-sized churches—involved in the decision-making and hands-on tasks necessary for building their church’s Web presence. These hardworking servants are always on the lookout for high quality, value-added tools and solutions to help them successfully reach their ministry goals online.

You can learn more about becoming a valued Sponsor of Church Website Ideas, by visiting Beacon Ads.

 

Image Credit: Jessica Lucia | Flickr cc

Categories
Perspectives

THANK YOU September Sponsors!

Church Website Ideas is made possible because of the faithful, generous support of my AWESOME sponsors.

Unique, Christian-themed graphics, images, and media products, high-quality content management systems and website services, and one-of-a-kind supplies for missions and outreach are just a few of the incredible products and services my sponsors provide. Ministries of all sizes can benefit from their offerings.

Please check ’em out! And, be sure to tell a friend about them by sharing this post!

[ssba]

 

Big Sponsors

FaithConnector

FC is a custom-developed content management system built to give churches the highest-quality church website system available at the most affordable price. For the money, FC promises you won’t find a more complete, all-inclusive feature list than our system provides, especially when it comes to church and ministry-specific features. FaithConnector (FC) is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

“Double Portion” Sponsors provide an added blessing to Church Website Ideas, through their multiple ad sponsorships.

iMinistries

iMinistries is a church website CMS that makes great looking and easy to use church websites. By building your website with the iMinistries Church Website CMS, you get a budget-friendly, easy-to-update church website that’s feature-rich and gives you complete control over how it looks, what it says, and what it does.

Lightstock

The founders of Lightstock.com believe that what’s lacking today is not pre-packaged media, but the raw materials for Christian creatives to work from. Lightstock’s library of content is that unique raw material which can be utilized in countless ways. Pick any other stock site and slog through their faith-based images… what do you get? The same stuff you’ve been seeing for a decade. Lightstock is fresh, creative, faith-focused and professional. Lightstock is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

Restoring Vision

I really appreciate Restoring Vision. As a life-long wearer of corrective eye-glasses, I can’t imagine what my life would be like without them. RestoringVision.org is a non-profit which sources New Reading Glasses and Sunglasses (only) and supplies them at a nominal charge to two distinct groups; groups going on missions to developing countries and domestic groups serving the underprivileged. If you’ve never thought about taking eye-glasses to give away on a missions trip or other outreach event, check these guys out.

Sponsors

Build A Church Website

Build A Church Website offers a total church website solution. You will get a website that is specifically engineered for the church. This means that their efforts go toward developing components and systems that are geared specifically for church website design.

Cheap Church Websites

Don’t let the name fool you. Cheap Church Websites offers a feature-rich, cost-effective website solution for budget-conscious ministries. If you want a great looking website that’s simple to manage and won’t break the bank, here’s a solution worth considering.

Courtyard

Courtyard offers a software solution to help you put your church directly online. Courtyard provides you with a private, interactive directory website where your members can share and update their contact information. It’s the perfect solution for churches, schools, homeschool groups, or any group that wants to help their members connect with one another. Unlike business-oriented software, Courtyard keeps your members organized by family, just like you would in a printed church directory.

Ekklesia 360 by Monk Development

Monk Development’s Ekklesia 360 is a solution providing simple, effective online ministry. If you need a beautiful website & the tools that help you care for your people & reach more in your community, all supported by leading ministry thinkers, you’ve got to check them out! Monk Development is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

You can learn more about becoming a valued sponsor of Church Website Ideas, by visiting Beacon Ads.

Image Credit: Amy Gizienski | Flickr cc

Categories
Perspectives

Special Thanks to My August Sponsors

Summer in the U.S. may be drawing to a close (oh, say it ain’t so!), but my sponsors are still AWESOME! Church Website Ideas is absolutely made possible because of their faithful, generous support.

Unique, Christian-themed graphics, images, and media products, high-quality content management systems and website services, and one-of-a-kind supplies for missions and outreach are just a few of the incredible products and services my sponsors provide. Ministries of all sizes can benefit from their offerings.

Please check ’em out! And, be sure to tell a friend about them by sharing this post!

[ssba]

 

Big Sponsors

FaithConnector

FC is a custom-developed content management system built to give churches the highest-quality church website system available at the most affordable price. For the money, FC promises you won’t find a more complete, all-inclusive feature list than our system provides, especially when it comes to church and ministry-specific features. FaithConnector (FC) is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

“Double Portion” Sponsors provide an added blessing to Church Website Ideas, through their multiple ad sponsorships.

iMinistries

iMinistries is a church website CMS that makes great looking and easy to use church websites. By building your website with the iMinistries Church Website CMS, you get a budget-friendly, easy-to-update church website that’s feature-rich and gives you complete control over how it looks, what it says, and what it does.

Lightstock

The founders of Lightstock.com believe that what’s lacking today is not pre-packaged media, but the raw materials for Christian creatives to work from. Lightstock’s library of content is that unique raw material which can be utilized in countless ways. Pick any other stock site and slog through their faith-based images… what do you get? The same stuff you’ve been seeing for a decade. Lightstock is fresh, creative, faith-focused and professional. Lightstock is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

Restoring Vision

I really appreciate Restoring Vision. As a life-long wearer of corrective eye-glasses, I can’t imagine what my life would be like without them. RestoringVision.org is a non-profit which sources New Reading Glasses and Sunglasses (only) and supplies them at a nominal charge to two distinct groups; groups going on missions to developing countries and domestic groups serving the underprivileged. If you’ve never thought about taking eye-glasses to give away on a missions trip or other outreach event, check these guys out.

Sponsors

Build A Church Website

Build A Church Website offers a total church website solution. You will get a website that is specifically engineered for the church. This means that their efforts go toward developing components and systems that are geared specifically for church website design.

Cheap Church Websites

Don’t let the name fool you. Cheap Church Websites offers a feature-rich, cost-effective website solution for budget-conscious ministries. If you want a great looking website that’s simple to manage and won’t break the bank, here’s a solution worth considering.

Courtyard

Courtyard offers a software solution to help you put your church directly online. Courtyard provides you with a private, interactive directory website where your members can share and update their contact information. It’s the perfect solution for churches, schools, homeschool groups, or any group that wants to help their members connect with one another. Unlike business-oriented software, Courtyard keeps your members organized by family, just like you would in a printed church directory.

Ekklesia 360 by Monk Development

Monk Development’s Ekklesia 360 is a solution providing simple, effective online ministry. If you need a beautiful website & the tools that help you care for your people & reach more in your community, all supported by leading ministry thinkers, you’ve got to check them out! Monk Development is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

You can learn more about becoming a valued sponsor of Church Website Ideas, by visiting Beacon Ads.

Image Credit: Alice Popkorn | Flickr cc

Categories
Perspectives

THANK YOU July Sponsors!

Church Website Ideas is absolutely made possible because of the generous support of my sponsors. They are AWESOME!

Their high quality products and services provide great benefits to ministries of all sizes.

Please check ’em out (and, tell a friend about them)!

[ssba]

 

Big Sponsors

FaithConnector

FC is a custom-developed content management system built to give churches the highest-quality church website system available at the most affordable price. For the money, FC promises you won’t find a more complete, all-inclusive feature list than our system provides, especially when it comes to church and ministry-specific features. FaithConnector (FC) is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

“Double Portion” Sponsors provide an added blessing to Church Website Ideas, through their multiple ad sponsorships.

iMinistries

iMinistries is a church website CMS that makes great looking and easy to use church websites. By building your website with the iMinistries Church Website CMS, you get a budget-friendly, easy-to-update church website that’s feature-rich and gives you complete control over how it looks, what it says, and what it does.

Lightstock

The founders of Lightstock.com believe that what’s lacking today is not pre-packaged media, but the raw materials for Christian creatives to work from. Lightstock’s library of content is that unique raw material which can be utilized in countless ways. Pick any other stock site and slog through their faith-based images… what do you get? The same stuff you’ve been seeing for a decade. Lightstock is fresh, creative, faith-focused and professional. Lightstock is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

Restoring Vision

I really appreciate the work of my new sponsor. As a life-long wearer of corrective eye-glasses, I can’t imagine what my life would be like without them. RestoringVision.org is a non-profit which sources New Reading Glasses and Sunglasses (only) and supplies them at a nominal charge to two distinct groups; groups going on missions to developing countries and domestic groups serving the underprivileged. If you’ve never thought about taking eye-glasses to give away on a missions trip or other outreach event, check these guys out.

Sponsors

Build A Church Website

Build A Church Website offers a total church website solution. You will get a website that is specifically engineered for the church. This means that their efforts go toward developing components and systems that are geared specifically for church website design.

Cheap Church Websites

Don’t let the name fool you. Cheap Church Websites offers a feature-rich, cost-effective website solution for budget-conscious ministries. If you want a great looking website that’s simple to manage and won’t break the bank, here’s a solution worth considering.

Courtyard

Courtyard offers a software solution to help you put your church directly online. Courtyard provides you with a private, interactive directory website where your members can share and update their contact information. It’s the perfect solution for churches, schools, homeschool groups, or any group that wants to help their members connect with one another. Unlike business-oriented software, Courtyard keeps your members organized by family, just like you would in a printed church directory.

Ekklesia 360 by Monk Development

Monk Development’s Ekklesia 360 is a solution providing simple, effective online ministry. If you need a beautiful website & the tools that help you care for your people & reach more in your community, all supported by leading ministry thinkers, you’ve got to check them out! Monk Development is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

You can learn more about becoming a valued sponsor of Church Website Ideas, by visiting Beacon Ads.

Image Credit: Steven Depolo | Flickr cc

Categories
Perspectives

Church Website Ideas Made ChurchMag’s Top 30 Church Tech Blogs List [2014]

JUMPIN’ FOR JOY! I just learned that Church Website Ideas made ChurchMag’s list of Top 30 Church Tech Blogs for 2014!

ChurchMag's 30 Top Church Tech Blogs for 2014

ChurchMag’s Top Church Tech Blogs for 2014

Each year, ChurchMag publishes an open request for tech-focused blog submissions and recommendations. Then, they add their secret formula and stir the pot to determine the most popular blogs on the Internet through a series of calculations.

I submitted Church Website Ideas this year. But I gotta tell ya’, I really didn’t think my little blog would make the cut. Boy, am I floored!

As it happens, one year ago this month, I acquired Church Website Ideas from Jesse Orndorff. Being added to this list of top church tech blogs is a wonderful way to celebrate my First Year Anniversary as a pro-blogger!

Thanks so much to my sponsors, subscribers, readers, and to Jeremy Smith and the crew over at ChurchMag!

I’m truly honored.

Image Credit: Jannes Pockele | Flickr cc

Categories
Perspectives

Special THANKS to my June Sponsors

My sponsors are truly Heaven sent, and I sincerely thank God for them. Church Website Ideas is absolutely made possible because of their generous support. Their high quality products and services provide great benefits to ministries of all sizes.

Please check ’em out (and, tell a friend about them)!

[ssba]

 

Big Sponsors

FaithConnector

FC is a custom-developed content management system built to give churches the highest-quality church website system available at the most affordable price. For the money, FC promises you won’t find a more complete, all-inclusive feature list than our system provides, especially when it comes to church and ministry-specific features. FaithConnector (FC) is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

“Double Portion” Sponsors provide an added blessing to Church Website Ideas, through their multiple ad sponsorships.

iMinistries

iMinistries is a church website CMS that makes great looking and easy to use church websites. By building your website with the iMinistries Church Website CMS, you get a budget-friendly, easy-to-update church website that’s feature-rich and gives you complete control over how it looks, what it says, and what it does.

Lightstock

The founders of Lightstock.com believe that what’s lacking today is not pre-packaged media, but the raw materials for Christian creatives to work from. Lightstock’s library of content is that unique raw material which can be utilized in countless ways. Pick any other stock site and slog through their faith-based images… what do you get? The same stuff you’ve been seeing for a decade. Lightstock is fresh, creative, faith-focused and professional. Lightstock is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

Restoring Vision

I really appreciate the work of my new sponsor. As a life-long wearer of corrective eye-glasses, I can’t imagine what my life would be like without them. RestoringVision.org is a non-profit which sources New Reading Glasses and Sunglasses (only) and supplies them at a nominal charge to two distinct groups; groups going on missions to developing countries and domestic groups serving the underprivileged. If you’ve never thought about taking eye-glasses to give away on a missions trip or other outreach event, check these guys out.

Sponsors

Build A Church Website

Build A Church Website offers a total church website solution. You will get a website that is specifically engineered for the church. This means that their efforts go toward developing components and systems that are geared specifically for church website design.

Cheap Church Websites

Don’t let the name fool you. Cheap Church Websites offers a feature-rich, cost-effective website solution for budget-conscious ministries. If you want a great looking website that’s simple to manage and won’t break the bank, here’s a solution worth considering.

Courtyard

Courtyard offers a software solution to help you put your church directly online. Courtyard provides you with a private, interactive directory website where your members can share and update their contact information. It’s the perfect solution for churches, schools, homeschool groups, or any group that wants to help their members connect with one another. Unlike business-oriented software, Courtyard keeps your members organized by family, just like you would in a printed church directory.

Ekklesia 360 by Monk Development

Monk Development’s Ekklesia 360 is a solution providing simple, effective online ministry. If you need a beautiful website & the tools that help you care for your people & reach more in your community, all supported by leading ministry thinkers, you’ve got to check them out! Monk Development is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

You can learn more about becoming a valued sponsor of Church Website Ideas, by visiting Beacon Ads.

Image Credit: Sharon Terry | Flickr cc

Categories
Perspectives

THANK YOU May Sponsors!

I sincerely thank God for all of my sponsors! Church Website Ideas is absolutely made possible because of their generous support. Their high quality products and services provide great benefits to ministries of all sizes.

Please check ’em out (and, tell a friend about them)!

[ssba]

 

Big Sponsors

FaithConnector

FC is a custom-developed content management system built to give churches the highest-quality church website system available at the most affordable price. For the money, FC promises you won’t find a more complete, all-inclusive feature list than our system provides, especially when it comes to church and ministry-specific features. FaithConnector (FC) is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

“Double Portion” Sponsors provide an added blessing to Church Website Ideas, through their multiple ad sponsorships.

iMinistries

iMinistries is a church website CMS that makes great looking and easy to use church websites. By building your website with the iMinistries Church Website CMS, you get a budget-friendly, easy-to-update church website that’s feature-rich and gives you complete control over how it looks, what it says, and what it does.

Lightstock

The founders of Lightstock.com believe that what’s lacking today is not pre-packaged media, but the raw materials for Christian creatives to work from. Lightstock’s library of content is that unique raw material which can be utilized in countless ways. Pick any other stock site and slog through their faith-based images… what do you get? The same stuff you’ve been seeing for a decade. Lightstock is fresh, creative, faith-focused and professional. Lightstock is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

Restoring Vision

I really appreciate the work of my new sponsor. As a life-long wearer of corrective eye-glasses, I can’t imagine what my life would be like without them. RestoringVision.org is a non-profit which sources New Reading Glasses and Sunglasses (only) and supplies them at a nominal charge to two distinct groups; groups going on missions to developing countries and domestic groups serving the underprivileged. If you’ve never thought about taking eye-glasses to give away on a missions trip or other outreach event, check these guys out.

Sponsors

Build A Church Website

Build A Church Website offers a total church website solution. You will get a website that is specifically engineered for the church. This means that their efforts go toward developing components and systems that are geared specifically for church website design.

Cheap Church Websites

Don’t let the name fool you. Cheap Church Websites offers a feature-rich, cost-effective website solution for budget-conscious ministries. If you want a great looking website that’s simple to manage and won’t break the bank, here’s a solution worth considering.

Courtyard

Courtyard offers a software solution to help you put your church directly online. Courtyard provides you with a private, interactive directory website where your members can share and update their contact information. It’s the perfect solution for churches, schools, homeschool groups, or any group that wants to help their members connect with one another. Unlike business-oriented software, Courtyard keeps your members organized by family, just like you would in a printed church directory.

Ekklesia 360 by Monk Development

Monk Development’s Ekklesia 360 is a solution providing simple, effective online ministry. If you need a beautiful website & the tools that help you care for your people & reach more in your community, all supported by leading ministry thinkers, you’ve got to check them out! Monk Development is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

You can learn more about sponsoring Church Website Ideas, by visiting Beacon Ads.

Image Credit: Dee ♥ | Flickr cc

Categories
Perspectives

SPECIAL THANKS To My April Sponsors!

So excited! Another awesome month! During April, Lightstock became a “Double Portion” Sponsor! WooHoo!

“Double Portion” Sponsors provide an added blessing to Church Website Ideas, through their multiple ad sponsorships.

I sincerely thank God for all of my sponsors! Church Website Ideas is absolutely made possible because of their generous support. Their high quality products and services provide great benefits to ministries of all sizes.

Please check ’em out (and, tell a friend about them)!

[ssba]

 

Big Sponsors

FaithConnector

FC is a custom-developed content management system built to give churches the highest-quality church website system available at the most affordable price. For the money, FC promises you won’t find a more complete, all-inclusive feature list than our system provides, especially when it comes to church and ministry-specific features. FaithConnector (FC) is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

iMinistries

iMinistries is a church website CMS that makes great looking and easy to use church websites. By building your website with the iMinistries Church Website CMS, you get a budget-friendly, easy-to-update church website that’s feature-rich and gives you complete control over how it looks, what it says, and what it does.

Lightstock

The founders of Lightstock.com believe that what’s lacking today is not pre-packaged media, but the raw materials for Christian creatives to work from. Lightstock’s library of content is that unique raw material which can be utilized in countless ways. Pick any other stock site and slog through their faith-based images… what do you get? The same stuff you’ve been seeing for a decade. Lightstock is fresh, creative, faith-focused and professional. Lightstock is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

Restoring Vision

I really appreciate the work of my new sponsor. As a life-long wearer of corrective eye-glasses, I can’t imagine what my life would be like without them. RestoringVision.org is a non-profit which sources New Reading Glasses and Sunglasses (only) and supplies them at a nominal charge to two distinct groups; groups going on missions to developing countries and domestic groups serving the underprivileged. If you’ve never thought about taking eye-glasses to give away on a missions trip or other outreach event, check these guys out.

Sponsors

Build A Church Website

Build A Church Website offers a total church website solution. You will get a website that is specifically engineered for the church. This means that their efforts go toward developing components and systems that are geared specifically for church website design.

Burton Websites

Burton Websites specializes in providing clean, custom, responsive web design for churches looking for an easy to manage website! You can rest easy. Every one of their beautiful, one-of-a-kind websites is developed on the totally awesome WordPress platform.

Cheap Church Websites

Don’t let the name fool you. Cheap Church Websites offers a feature-rich, cost-effective website solution for budget-conscious ministries. If you want a great looking website that’s simple to manage and won’t break the bank, here’s a solution worth considering.

Courtyard

Courtyard offers a software solution to help you put your church directly online. Courtyard provides you with a private, interactive directory website where your members can share and update their contact information. It’s the perfect solution for churches, schools, homeschool groups, or any group that wants to help their members connect with one another. Unlike business-oriented software, Courtyard keeps your members organized by family, just like you would in a printed church directory.

Ekklesia 360 by Monk Development

Monk Development’s Ekklesia 360 is a solution providing simple, effective online ministry. If you need a beautiful website & the tools that help you care for your people & reach more in your community, all supported by leading ministry thinkers, you’ve got to check them out! Monk Development is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

You can learn more about sponsoring Church Website Ideas, by visiting Beacon Ads.

Image Credit: Katharina Friederike | Flickr cc

Categories
Perspectives

THANK YOU March Sponsors!

Another awesome month! During March, I launched the Church Website Ideas newsletter, and welcomed one new sponsor. I’m also excited, because a new sponsor I welcomed last month became a “Double Portion” sponsor! YAY! “Double Portion” sponsors provide an added blessing to Church Website Ideas, through their multiple ad sponsorships.

I thank God for all of my sponsors! I truly do. Church Website Ideas is absolutely made possible because of their generous support. Their high quality products and services provide great benefits to ministries of all sizes. I hope you’ll check ’em out.

New Sponsors

Restoring Vision

I really appreciate the work of my new sponsor. As a life-long wearer of corrective eye-glasses, I can’t imagine what my life would be like without them. RestoringVision.org is a non-profit which sources New Reading Glasses and Sunglasses (only) and supplies them at a nominal charge to two distinct groups; groups going on missions to developing countries and domestic groups serving the underprivileged. If you’ve never thought about taking eye-glasses to give away on a missions trip or other outreach event, check these guys out.

Big Sponsors

FaithConnector

FC is a custom-developed content management system built to give churches the highest-quality church website system available at the most affordable price. For the money, FC promises you won’t find a more complete, all-inclusive feature list than our system provides, especially when it comes to church and ministry-specific features. FaithConnector (FC) is also a “Double Portion” Sponsor.

iMinistries

iMinistries is a church website CMS that makes great looking and easy to use church websites. By building your website with the iMinistries Church Website CMS, you get a budget-friendly, easy-to-update church website that’s feature-rich and gives you complete control over how it looks, what it says, and what it does.

“Double Portion” Sponsors

Ekklesia 360

Monk Development’s Ekklesia 360 is a solution providing simple, effective online ministry. If you need a beautiful website & the tools that help you care for your people & reach more in your community, all supported by leading ministry thinkers, you’ve got to check them out!

Sponsors

Build A Church Website

Build A Church Website offers a total church website solution. You will get a website that is specifically engineered for the church. This means that their efforts go toward developing components and systems that are geared specifically for church website design.

Burton Websites

Burton Websites specializes in providing clean, custom, responsive web design for churches looking for an easy to manage website! You can rest easy. Every one of their beautiful, one-of-a-kind websites is developed on the totally awesome WordPress platform.

Cheap Church Websites

Don’t let the name fool you. Cheap Church Websites offers a feature-rich, cost-effective website solution for budget-conscious ministries. If you want a great looking website that’s simple to manage and won’t break the bank, here’s a solution worth considering.

Courtyard

Courtyard offers a software solution to help you put your church directly online. Courtyard provides you with a private, interactive directory website where your members can share and update their contact information. It’s the perfect solution for churches, schools, homeschool groups, or any group that wants to help their members connect with one another. Unlike business-oriented software, Courtyard keeps your members organized by family, just like you would in a printed church directory.

Lightstock

The founders of Lightstock.com believe that what’s lacking today is not pre-packaged media, but the raw materials for Christian creatives to work from. Lightstock’s library of content is that unique raw material which can be utilized in countless ways. Pick any other stock site and slog through their faith-based images… what do you get? The same stuff you’ve been seeing for a decade. Lightstock is fresh, creative, faith-focused and professional.

Image Credit: woodleywonderworks | Flickr cc

Categories
Perspectives

A Productivity Tip For Smart, Creative People

I really enjoy being a creative Web worker. But, sometimes, the work can be as tough as nails. On the one hand, I just love the creative process. It’s so much fun to dream and imagine and toy with the possibilities. All too often, though, when it comes time to actually get things done, I sometimes feel like I’m drowning in all those “creative juices.”

Do you ever feel like that?

Do you ever feel like you’re running a hundred miles an hour in place? You know you’re busy doing stuff, and maybe feeling a little overwhelmed by what still needs doing. All the while, it just doesn’t feel like you’re moving forward. Or, for the effort you feel you’re putting in, it doesn’t feel like you’re moving forward as fast as you should be.

I think of those running-in-place times as my personal bout with “creative hamster” syndrome. It’s uncomfortable. I try to pick something and stick with it until it’s finished, but it gets difficult. Focus becomes elusive. And, I start to feel anxious because I believe I’m being productive, but I just don’t feel like I’m being effective. And, being effective is what I’m really after.

The search for the “right” productivity tip

From time to time, I’ve thought that finding and using the “right” productivity tip or set of tools, tactics, and strategies could help me get focused, become more efficient, and therefore, be more productive. But, tactics and strategies seem to never be enough.

Lately I’ve felt a real, practical need for structure and accountability, to help me move forward in my business. So recently, I enrolled in a business coaching program. I must say, from day one, this program has been spot-on. It’s been incredibly valuable–a real blessing.

But, my business mentor is not Christian. So while I resonate with her advice and instruction in the practical aspects of my work, I know we don’t share the same worldview. That means that I still need a Gospel-centered supplement to guide and help me filter everything I’m learning through the truth of Scripture.

In the end, what matters most to me is that whatever I’m setting my hand to do, it’s the right work to do, the best work to do. I care most that I accomplish God’s plans for me, and complete work that keeps it’s value (1 Corinthians 3:12-15).

Through my prayers, I was led to discover Matt Perman’s new book, What’s Best Next: How The Gospel Transforms The Way You Get Things Done.

A clear path to rethinking “productivity”

Matt’s book launched today. But, he was gracious to provide me a pre-launch copy last week, which I began devouring the very same day.

Matt’s book had me at John Piper’s Forward. It begins,

This book is simply extraordinary. This is largely because of the way God has wired Matt Perman. His mind is saturated with biblical truth, and he is passionate, sometimes to a fault (as you will see in his personal stories), about being effective for the glory of Christ.

The first night, I read through the Introduction and Chapter 1. I learned, for the first time, about Knowledge Work. It’s funny, here I was all this time doing this work, and had never once heard it called by its name. Chapter 1 discusses Knowledge Work, and answers such questions as:

  • What is Knowledge Work?
  • What Is Unique About Knowledge Work?
  • What Is Challenging About Knowledge Work?

Matt then goes on to discuss the villains of our work: ambiguity and overload. A core message of the chapter is that “we’re using industrial era tactics for knowledge era work.” We’re making that mistake at a great cost to our being productive.

Last night, I read to the end of Chapter 2, where Matt discusses why efficiency is not the answer to being truly productive.

I’ve just been stunned at how much What’s Best Next resonates with me. Mostly because this book doesn’t stop at merely presenting reasonable arguments for transforming ideas and perceptions about productivity. At the end of each Chapter, and later in Part 3 of the book, there’s guidance for immediately and practically applying the concepts discussed.

From the first chapter, I was over-the-moon to find that the very first application aligned with an action item from the business coaching program I’m working through. BINGO! What’s Best Next is just the Gospel-centered supplement I was looking for!

A FREE bonus

I’m really looking forward to continuing through this book. It’s already been instrumental in changing a few ideas and assumptions I had about what it means to be productive. I never expected that being able to actually define the work I do would have such a major impact on how I approach everything connected to it. And, it’s already begun to spill over into other areas of calling and my life’s work: wife and home manager, blogger, church ministry leader.

As I said before, What’s Best Next launched today on Amazon. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. This past Saturday, I quietly launched the Church Website Ideas newsletter. So, I want to celebrate this “double launching” by giving you a free sample of What’s Best Next, when you subscribe to my newsletter.

Your free book sample includes:

  • Table of Contents
  • Forward
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1

Here’s to your productivity!

Image Credit: hang_in_there | Flickr cc

Categories
Perspectives

THANK YOU February Sponsors!

Super stoked this month! Three new sponsors joined me during February to support the work here at Church Website Ideas. Woohoo!

I thank God for all of my sponsors! Church Website Ideas is made possible because of their generous support. Seriously. Their church website solutions offer high quality and great value to churches of all sizes, but especially to small churches. I hope you’ll check ’em out.

New Sponsors

Burton Websites

Burton Websites specializes in providing clean, custom, responsive web design for churches looking for an easy to manage website! You can rest easy. Every one of their beautiful, one-of-a-kind websites is developed on the totally awesome WordPress platform.

FaithConnector

FaithConnector (FC) is a custom-developed content management system built to give churches the highest-quality church website system available at the most affordable price. For the money, FC promises you won’t find a more complete, all-inclusive feature list than our system provides, especially when it comes to church and ministry-specific features.

Lightstock

The founders of Lightstock.com believe that what’s lacking today is not pre-packaged media, but the raw materials for Christian creatives to work from. Lightstock’s library of content is that unique raw material which can be utilized in countless ways. Pick any other stock site and slog through their faith-based images… what do you get? The same stuff you’ve been seeing for a decade. Lightstock is fresh, creative, faith-focused and professional.

Big Sponsor

iMinistries

iMinistries is a church website CMS that makes great looking and easy to use church websites. By building your website with the iMinistries Church Website CMS, you get a budget-friendly, easy-to-update church website that’s feature-rich and gives you complete control over how it looks, what it says, and what it does.

“Double Portion” Sponsor

Ekklesia 360

Monk Development’s Ekklesia 360 is a solution providing simple, effective online ministry. If you need a beautiful website & the tools that help you care for your people & reach more in your community, all supported by leading ministry thinkers, you’ve got to check them out!

Sponsors

Build A Church Website

Build A Church Website offers a total church website solution. You will get a website that is specifically engineered for the church. This means that their efforts go toward developing components and systems that are geared specifically for church website design.

Courtyard

Courtyard offers a software solution to help you put your church directly online. Courtyard provides you with a private, interactive directory website where your members can share and update their contact information. It’s the perfect solution for churches, schools, homeschool groups, or any group that wants to help their members connect with one another. Unlike business-oriented software, Courtyard keeps your members organized by family, just like you would in a printed church directory.

Cheap Church Websites

Don’t let the name fool you. Cheap Church Websites offers a feature-rich, cost-effective website solution for budget-conscious ministries. If you want a great looking website that’s simple to manage and won’t break the bank, here’s a solution worth considering.

Image Credit: keiichi.yasu | Flickr cc

Categories
Perspectives

Big THANK YOU To My January Sponsors!

I thank God for my sponsors! Church Website Ideas is made possible because of their generous support. Their church website solutions offer high quality and great value to churches of all sizes, but especially to small churches. I hope you’ll check ’em out.

Big Sponsor

iMinistries

iMinistries is a church website CMS that makes great looking and easy to use church websites. By building your website with the iMinistries Church Website CMS, you get a budget-friendly, easy-to-update church website that’s feature-rich and gives you complete control over how it looks, what it says, and what it does.

“Double Portion” Sponsor

Ekklesia 360

Monk Development’s Ekklesia 360 is a solution providing simple, effective online ministry. If you need a beautiful website & the tools that help you care for your people & reach more in your community, all supported by leading ministry thinkers, you’ve got to check them out!

Sponsors

Build A Church Website

Build A Church Website offers a total church website solution. You will get a website that is specifically engineered for the church. This means that their efforts go toward developing components and systems that are geared specifically for church website design.

Courtyard

Courtyard offers a software solution to help you put your church directly online. Courtyard provides you with a private, interactive directory website where your members can share and update their contact information. It’s the perfect solution for churches, schools, homeschool groups, or any group that wants to help their members connect with one another. Unlike business-oriented software, Courtyard keeps your members organized by family, just like you would in a printed church directory.

Cheap Church Websites

Don’t let the name fool you. Cheap Church Websites offers a feature-rich, cost-effective website solution for budget-conscious ministries. If you want a great looking website that’s simple to manage and won’t break the bank, here’s a solution worth considering.

If you would like to become a valued sponsor of Church Website Ideas, please visit Beacon Ads to learn about available placements.

Image Credit: TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³ | Flickr cc

Categories
Perspectives

Special THANKS To My December Sponsors

Image Credit: My personal thanks to Drew Goodmanson of Monk Development for the beautiful holiday graphic.

Merry Christmas from Church Website Ideas!

Church Website Ideas is made possible by the generous support of my sponsors. I’m very grateful to them. Their cost-effective church website solutions offer high quality and great value to churches of all sizes, but especially to small churches. I hope you’ll check ’em out.

Big Sponsor

iMinistries

iMinistries is a church website CMS that makes great looking and easy to use church websites. By building your website with the iMinistries Church Website CMS, you get a budget-friendly, easy-to-update church website that’s feature-rich and gives you complete control over how it looks, what it says, and what it does.

“Double Portion” Sponsor

Ekklesia 360

Monk Development’s Ekklesia 360 is a solution providing simple, effective online ministry. If you need a beautiful website & the tools that help you care for your people & reach more in your community, all supported by leading ministry thinkers, you’ve got to check them out!

Sponsors

Build A Church Website

Build A Church Website offers a total church website solution. You will get a website that is specifically engineered for the church. This means that their efforts go toward developing components and systems that are geared specifically for church website design.

Courtyard

Courtyard offers a software solution to help you put your church directly online. Courtyard provides you with a private, interactive directory website where your members can share and update their contact information. It’s the perfect solution for churches, schools, homeschool groups, or any group that wants to help their members connect with one another. Unlike business-oriented software, Courtyard keeps your members organized by family, just like you would in a printed church directory.

Cheap Church Websites

Cheap Church Websites offers a feature-rich, cost-effective website solution for budget-conscious ministries. If you want a great looking website that’s simple to manage and won’t break the bank, here’s a solution worth considering. If you would like to learn more about sponsoring Church Website Ideas, please check out my Marketplace Listing on Beacon Ads for available placements.

Categories
Perspectives

Huge THANKS To My November Sponsors

I just love this image. Basically, the illustrator drew the characters “signing” (American Sign Language) the words Thank You. The image credit is at the bottom of this post.

But, I digress…

Church Website Ideas is made possible by the generous support of my sponsors. I’m very grateful to them.

Their cost-effective church website solutions offer high quality and great value to churches of all sizes, but especially to small churches. I hope you’ll check ’em out.

Big Sponsor

iMinistries

iMinistries is a church website CMS that makes great looking and easy to use church websites. By building your website with the iMinistries Church Website CMS, you get a budget-friendly, easy-to-update church website that’s feature-rich and gives you complete control over how it looks, what it says, and what it does.

“Double Portion” Sponsor

Ekklesia 360

Ekklesia 360 is a solution providing simple, effective online ministry. If you need a beautiful website & the tools that help you care for your people & reach more in your community, all supported by leading ministry thinkers, you’ve got to check them out!

Sponsors

Build A Church Website

Build A Church Website offers a total church website solution. You will get a website that is specifically engineered for the church. This means that their efforts go toward developing components and systems that are geared specifically for church website design.

Courtyard

Courtyard offers a software solution to help you put your church directly online. Courtyard provides you with a private, interactive directory website where your members can share and update their contact information. It’s the perfect solution for churches, schools, homeschool groups, or any group that wants to help their members connect with one another. Unlike business-oriented software, Courtyard keeps your members organized by family, just like you would in a printed church directory.

Cheap Church Websites

Cheap Church Websites offers a feature-rich, cost-effective website solution for budget-conscious ministries. If you want a great looking website that’s simple to manage and won’t break the bank, here’s a solution worth considering.

If you would like to learn more about sponsoring Church Website Ideas, please check out my Marketplace Listing on Beacon Ads for available placements.

Image credit: adihrespati | Flickr

Categories
Perspectives

A Great Big THANK YOU To My October Sponsors!

I’m in the home stretch finishing up site transition tasks. YAY! I’m so ready to begin creating content.

But, I just couldn’t go one more month without shouting out a great big THANK YOU to my sponsors. Seriously, their faithful sponsorship each month has provided me tremendous motivation to get cranking.

Church Website Ideas is absolutely made possible by their generous support. Their cost-effective church website solutions offer great value to ministry leaders of churches of all sizes. I hope you’ll check ’em out.

Big Sponsor

iMinistries

iMinistries is a church website CMS that makes great looking and easy to use church websites. By building your website with the iMinistries Church Website CMS, you get a budget-friendly, easy-to-update church website that’s feature-rich and gives you complete control over how it looks, what it says, and what it does.

Double Sponsor

Ekklesia 360

Ekklesia 360 is a solution providing simple, effective online ministry. If you need a beautiful website & the tools that help you care for your people & reach more in your community, all supported by leading ministry thinkers, you’ve got to check them out!

Sponsors

Build A Church Website

Build A Church Website offers a total church website solution. You will get a website that is specifically engineered for the church. This means that their efforts go toward developing components and systems that are geared specifically for church website design.

Courtyard

Courtyard offers a software solution to help you put your church directly online. Courtyard provides you with a private, interactive directory website where your members can share and update their contact information. It’s the perfect solution for churches, schools, homeschool groups, or any group that wants to help their members connect with one another. Unlike business-oriented software, Courtyard keeps your members organized by family, just like you would in a printed church directory.

Cheap Church Websites

Cheap Church Websites offers a feature-rich, cost-effective website solution for budget-conscious ministries. If you want a great looking website that’s simple to manage and won’t break the bank, here’s a solution worth considering.

If you would like to learn more about sponsoring Church Website Ideas, please check out my Marketplace Listing on Beacon Ads for available placements.

Image credit: Jon Ashcroft | Flickr

Categories
Perspectives

Church Website Ideas Has A New Owner/Editor

If you follow @jesseorndorff in the Twitter-sphere, you may have seen a tweet or two at the beginning of July this year, indicating that the website he founded, churchwebsiteideas.com, was for sale.

[image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”2895″ align=”center” size=”large” autoHeight=”true”] I learned that the site was for sale when, on a whim, I visited Flippa.com on the last day of the auction for his listing. I’d never purchased a website before so, with a prayer to the God of heaven, I used Flippa’s Pro Website Buyers Guide to get a crash course on buying a website. Then, I took a HUGE leap of faith and contacted Jesse directly. I couldn’t be happier to have won that sale! And, I think Jesse will tell you, he couldn’t be happier that I did too! He was hoping to find someone who had a passion for what he founded this website to accomplish: help churches build better websites.

The Church + website ideas = my passion

Investing the training, experience, and abilities God’s given me in helping the Church build effective websites and Web ministries is truly my passion. Nineteen years ago, God planted a seed of vision for this work in my heart. My great appreciation for the internet and sincere desire to see the Church make effective use of it has grown and deepened as the medium has evolved.

There are many talented, insightful, skilled, and creative voices contributing ideas, instruction, advice, encouragement, and inspiration to the “church website” and “Web ministry” conversation. I pray that God will use my voice to add even more value to that conversation.

As a new blogger, I’m learning on the fly (one of my favorite activities), and working hard on all the little details and tasks that need doing to transition Church Website Ideas. If you are a fellow Web worker or blogger, you know that the wheels of progress in our line of work often turns s-l-o-w-l-y. Gratefully, though, they are a’turnin’!

In the mean time, I’d be so encouraged to hear from you!

Do you build church websites?

Do you maintain your own church’s website? Are you a volunteer or on staff? Are you an “accidental webmaster”? How has Church Website Ideas helped you in the past? What help do you need now?

Please introduce yourself with a comment below. You can learn more about me and my plans for Church Website Ideas, and I hope you’ll also connect with me on Twitter @churchwebideas and @rtiqlit.

Image credit: tableatny | flickr

Categories
Perspectives

Creative Bible Verse: Proverbs 24:3

Proverbs is a wealth of wisdom, because of this, my wife and I love to read a chapter before bed. As creative people, God has given us a special kind of wisdom, we see His creation in a different way that others. We also take great joy in expressing that view of the world through our art, in the things we create.

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established – Proverbs 24:3

Wisdom is important, but as this verse says: “by understanding it is established.” It doesn’t say by our hard work it is established. It doesn’t say that by my own effort a house is established.

God is telling us we need to not only have wisdom, but we need to understand Him. We need to understand who He is, what He has called us to do, and to understand why we see the world in the way that we do.

Do you have an understanding of why you view the world in the way that you do?

Categories
Perspectives

The Old & New Project

The Old & New Project launched last week and it is an amazing showcase of illustrations from the bible. The Old & New Project features three new illustrations a week which you can order as prints. All of the proceeds go to the blood:water mission.

Very soon my office will be decked out in illustrations from Old & New, the designs are fantastic!

Check it out: http://oldandnewproject.com

Categories
Perspectives

Why I Removed Search

I am running a test. Something that might drastically change how a user interacts with Church Website Ideas. Last night I decided to remove the search bar from this site in a effort to test an idea I had. It all started when I wanted to find an old blog post I wrote, so I did a quick search using a keyword and, nothing! I couldn’t find the post, or anything really relevant. Not a good user experience.

A Quick Look at the Numbers Made Me Remove the Search Bar

I thought that if I am having trouble finding things, then I bet others are too. I took a quick look at my Google Analytic data and noticed in one week, 21% of people searching this site we bouncing off as soon as they hit the results page. This can mean a few things, but I read it as: 21% of our users are not finding content and leaving the site. Not something I want to be known for.

Categories
Perspectives

Why I Started Running

From time to time I post random things from my life in a effort to possibly help encourage people. I want to share part of my journey with you. Running has a ton of benefits, we all know why we should run, but I wanted to share with you a few reasons why 18 months ago I started running.

Here is my story, why I love running, and how it helps me as a creative.

Categories
Perspectives

Your Path, Your Passion, His Calling

Life can be crazy, it can be busy, it can be hard, but if you are following what God has called you to do, you will succeed.

Since moving to Cambodia to work with street kids, life has been difficult. I find myself questioning if we made the right choice. But I have to remind myself that God made a path for us to follow. As long as we follow His path, we will make it, and hopefully by His grace make a difference.

When I start to doubt God’s calling for us, I look to my favorite verse:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
(Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)

We need your prayers, and I want to pray for you. Let me know how I can pray for you.

And if you want to see what my wife and I are unto in Cambodia, check out our site at: goforlove.org.

Categories
Perspectives

Fear of Failure?

What are you afraid of?

You’re afraid. Getting more done would mean exposing yourself to considerable risk, to crossing bridges, to putting things into the world. Which means failure. – Seth Godin

Is 2012 the year you face your fears? I pray that it is.

via: Seth Godin Blog

Categories
Perspectives

Creative Bible Verse: Amos 4:13

Creative Bible Verse is a feature that explores the bible and what the Word has to say about creativity and our relationship with God.

For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought, who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth— the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name! – Amos 4:13

The same God who forms the mountains and creates the wind gave us his Holy Spirit. That very spirit enables us to be creative, to form our own mountains and create our own wind, as an act of worship to God! It is my prayer for you today that you feel his creative spirit, in anything you do, He is there with you.

Categories
Perspectives

Creative Bible Verse: Exodus 35: 31-33


Creative Bible Verse is a feature that explores the bible and what the Word has to say about creativity and our relationship with God.

and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft.
Exodus 35:31-33

When Israel was commissioned by God to construct the Tabernacle, God filled men with the Spirit of God. The Spirit enabled the Israelites with the wisdom and creative ability to create a wonderful creation for the Lord.

Verse 32 shows God’s great gift of artistic ability: “to devise artistic designs…” In the same way today, God has gifted us with artistic ability, wisdom, and craftsmanship to create things that will help glorify Him, and help his church.

I forget regularly that my passion for design is a God given gift. My pride gets in the way of giving all the credit to my maker, my father. I continually need to be reminded that my gifts are God given, not man made. They should be used for more than just making money, or my selfish desires. My gifts should be used to give glory to God, from whom all blessings flow.

I am praying for your gifts, your talents, and your ministry today. If you have a specific need, please let me pray for you. Post in the comments!

Categories
Perspectives

Ministry Related Blogs You Should Follow

I often get asked, what type of blogs do I follow? As part of my effort to stay in touch while living outside of the states, I try and follow as many blogs as possible. I believe that it is important to be consuming quality ministry content that I can put into use right away. These blogs are quality and are some of my favorite blogs.

Categories
Perspectives

Being Creative Takes Focus

Creative people have a bad reputation. We have a perception that we are unorganized messes. The problem with this idea, is that being creative takes a lot of focus and concentration if you ever want to ship your creations.

Getting your creative art out in the world is hard work. It takes a huge amount of focus to dream, create, refine, and develop. The process can be long, tiring, frustrating. But for any creative person who knows the joy of shipping a complete work of art, it is all worth it.

Categories
Perspectives

Creative Bible Verse: Genesis 4:21

Creative Bible Verse is a new feature that explores the bible and what the Word has to say about creativity and our relationship with God.

Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe.
– Genesis 4:20-21

In Genesis 4:21 we see for the first time, music enter the world. This is the first human instance of creativity and art. God has blessed us to be a creative people, from the beginning of this world, God gave us talents to create.

Not only to create for ourselves, or clients, but for Him. As an act of worship we create things for Him. To praise an almighty God.

Have you used your talents as an act of worship to Him lately?

Categories
Perspectives

The Sad State of the Online Church

Make your church website better. That’s the battle cry I have been trying to shout for the last few years. It’s the reason I started blogging, it’s the reason I got into web design in the first place. Recently, I have started reviewing sites for our Best Church Websites of the Year feature and it makes me sad that the state of the online church is still really poor. I feel like giving up and focusing on other areas, but the reality is, the church must change. Not should, not think, but it must change.

Categories
Perspectives

Speechless.

Steve Jobs by David Cristian

I have no words.

Categories
Perspectives

Going Through the Motions

With the ebb and flow of life, I have to remind myself to slow down. To be intentional. To focus on what is important and make design decisions that are focused on one goal: delivering content to a user.

That’s what we do as web designers, we cultivate content, we invent new ways to interact with it, and we are responsible for creating a lasting impact.

Is your web design process intentional? Or are you going through the motions?

Categories
Perspectives

Adobe Please Leave TypeKit Alone

Adobe is buying up Typekit

It’s official. Adobe has bought one of my favorite startups – TypeKit. TypeKit is a service that allows you to legally embed web fonts on your website. It also makes sure that the fonts will render in all browsers. It’s a wonderful service! I use TypeKit for most of my web font needs and I have a few feelings about this new purchase.

Categories
Perspectives

Our Refreshed Look

If you have have been a visitor here over the last few years, you know that I change the design randomly to appeal to my need for a fresh look. Well, yesterday we rolled our more of a refresh than an actual re-design. I am focused on trying to bring the websites I run to be more focused, and united by a common brand.

Over the next few weeks I will be pushing out a few changes that will hopefully add more focus on what CWI is about.

I hope you enjoy! And as always please let me know how you feel in the comments!

Categories
Perspectives

Artistic Inspiration: David Fokos

Drop what you are doing and check out David Fokos. He’s been my favorite photographer for years and his minimalistic photography will mess with your head (in a good way).

I decide what it is that I wish to convey – what is it in the scene that I want the viewer to focus their attention upon, and what emotion I want to evoke. Then, I try to minimize anything else that competes with that. – David Fokos

When creating and designing, the point is to remove the distractions and to focus the user. Are you focused on the emotion of your web design work, or simply trying to push something out the door?

Categories
Perspectives

How I Screwed Up My Twitter Account

I have to make a confession. I hate Twitter. Hate is such a strong word, but Twitter is a blackhole, sucking the life out of me. For months I have been trying to figure out how people have time to tweet, as I hardly even have time to check my email most days!

A few months ago I shared some Twitter tools that can help your church. I finally had the time to put these tools to use, and now I am making a move to become more active and deliberate with Twitter. But the first thing I needed to do, is fix my Twitter account that I screwed up years ago.

Categories
Perspectives

Quotable: Howard Schultz

What is driving your actions today?

When we love something, emotion often drives our actions. This is the gift and the challenge entrepreneurs face every day. The companies we dream of and build from scratch are part of us and intensely personal. They are our families. Our lives. – Howard Schultz from Onward

Categories
Perspectives

It’s Been Awhile.

Ok. It’s been well over a month since I have posted anything. It would be an understatement to say that life has been crazy, it has been insane. My wife and I are off the mission field for two months which will give me some time to catch up on work and blogging.

Church Website Ideas isn’t going anywhere, I have some cool stuff to share with you all! Until next time.

Blessings,

Jesse

Categories
Perspectives

Cool Things We Found This Week – May 27th, 2011

Each week we highlight cool things we found on the internet. We spend way too much time looking at blogs and archiving websites in our Evernote accounts. But we share these great links with you, so you can have a life! This week we feature everything from a free PSD kit to coffee bag wallets! If you have anything great you’ve come across this week, let us know! Happy Friday

Categories
Perspectives

Quotable – Andy Stanley

What is your tipping point?

“Often times a single act of courage, is the tipping point for something extraordinary.” – Andy Stanley

Categories
Perspectives

Cool Things We Found This Week – May 20, 2011

I save just about every helpful web article I come across. At the end of the week, I would like to share the coolest ones with you. For some reason this week I spent a lot of time at Web Design Ledger, so 4 of the 5 are from their site.

Happy Friday!

Categories
Perspectives

These Folks Keep Us Going

Since launching this blog I have had the chance to meet some great people and very interesting companies. Once again I want to highlight our sponsors, who are keeping us going and helping churches make their websites better!

  • iMinistries – Offers church websites and an iPhone app for your ministry.
  • Cheap Church Websites – Features affordable websites for ministries on a tight budget.
  • NetMinistry – Provides your church or ministry and online community.
  • Courtyard – Allows an easy way for you to get your church directory online!
  • Comf5 – Provides video and media hosting solutions for your church or ministry.
  • Bertolini Sanctuary Seating – Amazing seating provider for your church, their quality is unmatched!
  • Cloversites – High quality church websites that anyone can update.

If you are interested in advertising on Church Website Ideas, please visit: Beacon Ad Network.

Categories
Perspectives

Quotable: Seth Godin

Are you trying to make a change? Will you accept the responsibility without anything else?

“Change is made by people who eagerly accept responsibility without expecting authority.” – Seth Godin

What are you trying to change? Let me know…

Categories
Perspectives

Quotable: T.D. Jakes

What are you passionate about?

“When people are passionate about what they do, they are far more effective in what they do.” – T.D. Jakes

Categories
Perspectives

Why Your Meetings Suck

I’ll be honest, I really hate meetings. I never really knew why I hated meetings until I read Re:Work from the fine folks at 37signals. Today I wanted to share with you a few reasons why meetings can kill creativity and hurt your productivity.

Meetings are about concepts, not real work.
Meetings are giant waste of time, energy, and resources. Meetings tend to be more about abstract concepts, rather than real things. When was the last time you had a meeting that that actually got real work done? Probably not in a long time.

Categories
Perspectives

Another social media app…

I ran across another social community building application for your church. The Table Project is a very interesting and free application that will allow you to build an online community for your church.

I just can’t help but thinking these types of applications are moving us in a bad direction. Creating a silo for our online church community to hang out in, seems counter productive to me. If you are trying to create an online community OUTSIDE of my normal workflow, I am never going to use it. Once again, the goal should be to connect your church in a way that is natural and normal for users. And right now, that platform is Facebook.

Here’s a simple idea: why not develop a Facebook app for building church community?

Thoughts?

Categories
Perspectives

Check Our New Sponsor – PushChurch Podcast

At Church Website Ideas, this blog is supported by our advertisers and we love them for supporting our mission for helping kill ugly church websites. Last year, we switched over to BeaconAds, to help us find and get relevant advertisers. The important part of our vision with any ad on Church Website Ideas, is that it must be relevant. We don’t accept every ad request we get, but the ads you do see will be relevant to our vision.

That takes us to our latest sponsor, PushChurch Podcast. I just spent some time checking out their first podcast, and I am excited to see a couple of guys chatting about online church and advertising. Drop what you are doing now, and check these guys out.

Categories
Perspectives

My Predictions for the Online Church in 2011

Ok, I am still here and still focusing on church websites. I wanted to start off this new year by laying down my predictions for the online church in 2011. I think 2010 was a great year for the online church, lots of innovation, churches moving towards real design, and integration of social media. This year will be more of the same, but I think there will be a few standout items. Check them out after the break.

Flickr Photo Credit: just.Luc

Categories
Perspectives

Web Designers vs Web Developers

This was just too good. Had to share it.

Source: Web Designers vs. Web Developers

Categories
Perspectives

A book to read: Linchpin

I am big fan of Seth Godin. If you don’t know who Seth Godin is, you can visit his site here. Seth Godin is a marketing and leadership expert. He has written 12 books on the subject and all of them have been bestsellers. I just finished his latest book and there are a lot of great things, as leaders, we can take away from this book.

Categories
Perspectives

7 Emotions of Web Design

Taking on a new design project is exciting, I love feeling God’s inspiration, working hard, and delivering a great design project.  But with each new project I take on, I have noticed a variety of emotions I go through. So today I thought I would share with you a few of the different stages of emotion I feel throughout the design process.

Categories
Perspectives

Case Study in Web Design: Westwood Christian Assembly

I want to introduce you to Westwood Christian Assembly in Seattle, WA. Westwood is your typical mid-size church located in a urban community. Westwood has been around for over 70 years and has a passion for their community and their congregation. Only problem is, like most churches, their website is outdated, not organized very well and does not match the feel of their church. So over the next few weeks I want to take you through their website re-design and launch. This will show you my process when approaching church websites, from first conversation to launch.