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e-Newsletter - Volume 3, Number 26
"Building Effective Online Ministries" - A New FREE Learning Community For the Church
by Bill Anderton

Christian College and TransformingTheChurch.org have launched an FREE online special-interest learning community for church leaders who oversee church websites and the other Internet assets of the church.

This online community is dedicated to teaching the planning, building and operating the online assets of churches. The community allows interactive participation among its members as well as with subject-matter experts dedicated to mentoring the community.

Fresh content will be added to the community daily. Content anchoring the community include:

  • A daily blog with interactive comments
  • A weekly video podcast
  • Online events
  • Webinars
  • Tutorials, case studies and “how-to” guides
  • Interactive forums
  • Industry news and feature stories
  • E-mail newsletters

Membership in the community is FREE and requires only a simple registration to join. Membership provides full access and participation in all of its interactive features.

To Register:
Click here to register into the community.

Samples of just some of the content that is added to the community on a daily basis is shown below in summaries of the most recent Online Ministries Community Blog postings. Click on the links to read the full text of each posting.

Grrr .... Browsers!

From: 04/05/2013

Abstract: Differences in browsers are the bane of any webmaster’s existence. The impact of frequent updates to browsers make things even more interesting. It is just part of the realities of our technical life. About the only thing one can do is occasional mutter through clinched teeth, “Grrr … browsers!” In case you are wondering, it is a pejorative phrase.

Click here to read the full public sample of this blog posting.


Using Content to Drive Online Dialogs

From: 04/04/2013

Abstract: You can put web pages or social media postings out there but your visitors will have to respond and you will need to entice them to do so. Causing a visitor to speak up does require some work on your part. You have to create content that entices a visitor to speak; to say something to you.

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All Content Should Be Social

From: 04/03/2013

Abstract: Why do some people think that powerful social interaction is the sole province of Facebook? It is very limited thinking to believe that social content can only appear on the large consumer social media sites. A large percentage of your church's entire website should be social in nature by providing the mechanisms for generating, collecting and displaying what your visitors are willing to share. All online content should be social! Church websites should be social.

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Do You Know Where You Stand?

From: 04/02/2013

Abstract: A homily says, "You can't manage what you can't measure." If you don’t know a great deal about how how many people are visiting your website, who they are and how people are using your Internet assets, you will never know how effective your online ministry is doing. You will not know how to make changes to become more effective. Worse, you could make uninformed changes that could easily do more harm than good!

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Way of the Cross In Two Traditions

From: 03/29/2013

Abstract: On the Good Friday holiday, I'm using two different traditions for my personal reflection on the day using the Stations of the Cross. For art, I'm using the older classical tradition. For the text, I'm using the "The Scriptural Way of the Cross" inaugurated by Pope John Paul II on Good Friday, 1991.

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Community Building Requires Interaction

From: 03/28/2013

Abstract: You will often hear me discussing the definition of community that I use the most: "a community is a group of organisms interacting in a shared environment." We're going to encourage you to participate in our community at every opportunity. At times, we even going to implore you to because the more people who participate -- interact -- the more vibrant our community will become.

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It's Simple; Dialog and Interaction Build Community

From: 03/27/2013

Abstract: Communities that are connected allow extended dialogs among groups of people who would not otherwise meet and speak with each other. As powerful as dialogs are among individual participants, the effects are compounded among whole groups of people as synergies result from group-based dialogs. It is easy to find and interact with its members even at great distance. It creates simple ways for people to find, meet, greet, work and collaborate with our neighbors near and far and hopefully, also along the way, build a stronger sense of community or create one where it didn't previously exist.

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Online Ministries Begin As “Ministries of Listening”

From: 03/26/2013

Abstract: Every Christian has a "ministry of listening" to do. This wisdom applies to websites as well! Online ministries are about building REAL relationships with people in VIRTUAL worlds. The virtual world functions very much like the physical world and, like the physical world, relationships begin with listening.

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Don't Build a Website ... Build a Web Ministry!

From: 03/25/2013

Abstract: Churches need EFFECTIVE websites that are fully-integrated with social media and other Internet assets. Much more than just a container for your address and telephone number and some long-stale static brochure-type information, but something that engages your parish, reflects the Christian community of your church, causes visitors to return to the site frequently for more and (most importantly) listens and engages in dialog with your visitors. Done correctly, an effective website becomes a true ministry in every sense of the word!

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Christian College and TransformingTheChurch.org have endeavored to make this community as RELEVANT and as ACCESSIBLE to as many pastors and church leaders as possible. We have made access to this community FREE in order to ensure that even those on a “lean” professional development or educational budget can participate.
Also, since access is FREE, any and all interested volunteers from churches are welcome to join. This is not only fresh, new content on an important subject, but the community affords direct interaction with subject-matter experts and mentors. We believe that the VALUE is unsurpassed, and we offer this community to the Church and Her Servants with hopes that you can participate.
Access is FREE!
There is no cost to participate in this community.

To Register
Click here to register into the community.