Church Leaders Take Their Learning Online
By RaeAnn Slaybaugh
Still Need a Reason to Get Online? One Internet Guru/Deacon Has a Few He’d Like to Share
It’s not hard to find a good reason–or 10 reasons, for that matter–to put your church on the Web. So says John Jennings, president and founder of Inspired Technology, a Crestwood, Ky.-based Web solutions company and deacon at the Middletown Church of Christ in Louisville, Ky. Jennings says he believes churches need Websites to:
1. Share information about their congregations so people moving to or visiting the area will know about them.
2. Let people in their community know the church is there.
3. Take the saving message of Jesus Christ to all corners of the world–even those where missionaries and Bibles are not allowed.
4. Answer frequently asked questions about Christianity.
5. Share their beliefs, concerns and ideas with fellow Christians who are struggling.
6. Provide easy, timely communications to their church families.
7. Offer study tools (outlines, research, sermons and so on).
8. Promote their mission work, potentially opening new avenues for support.
9. Communicate and network with other Christians, former members, friends, members of other congregations and others.
10. Provide an outlet for technical and creative people to express their faith (1 Peter 4:10).
This article “Church Leaders Take Their Learning Online” by RaeAnn Slaybaugh is excerpted from www.inspiredtechnology.com.
This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”