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Church Website Wisdom and Your Community

posted by Drew Goodmanson on December 10, 2009 in Company

Pick up a copy of Your Church magazine, part of Christianity Today in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue to read Website Wisdom - New research, cooperative reveal best practices for churches written by Monk Development CEO Drew Goodmanson.

The article touches on developing a community engagement and reasearch from congregational and church studies.  It reads:

Your Web Strategy Should Integrate With the Online Communities People Already Use.

After "I'm New" information, the second-most popular content category that people visited online was group information. People sought out ministry groups, home groups, and other communities to connect into the community and serve.

When asked to select the top five features or activities they would like to see in their church websites, 39 percent of people selected "connect with other members," which ranked highest. And in the congregational survey, more than 70 percent said the website was important in facilitating participation in their church community. People desire ways to participate online with others from the church.

The rise of social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, has trained users to seek online interaction with friends and family. Church members now desire this online experience for church. Respondents said the following features, listed here in the order of their popularity, appealed to them in a private, online community:

  • Ability to post prayer requests or needs (with appropriate permissions);
  • Ability to find opportunities to serve at the church, based on interests or gifts;
  • Ability to access a phone/email directory;
  • Ability to join and interact with home/Bible study groups;
  • Ability to share resources.

Read the full article: Website Wisdom

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posted by Drew Goodmanson on December 10, 2009 in Company

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The State of Social Media, Part I

in Company

Drew Goodmanson, from Monk Development writes a two-part series on social media for Christianity Today's Your Church Blog.  It begins...

The social nature of media will continue to converge in ways we cannot imagine during the next five years. As church leaders, it is important to understand the state of social networking, and the directions of these participatory technologies. These tools may promise significant benefits to churches, who seek to build community, mobilize congregations, and offer greater interaction with unbelievers. And an understanding today leads to better action today and better planning for tomorrow.

To gain a full understanding, though, it’s critical that church leaders learn both the benefits and challenges of social media sites. Earlier this year, Monk Development set out to discover some answers to these questions through a “state of social media” research project, surveying hundreds of church leaders about the social media sites they’re using, what features and functions their church members seek, and what benefits and challenges they face using open source solutions or “church-only” ones.

We first shared the results of this research in a webinar entitled, “Church, Christians, and Social Networking” (you can watch an archived recording of the webinar). I’m the founder of Monk Development, a web consulting firm, and I’m also co-founder and pastor of Kaleo Church in San Diego. Cynthia Ware, who has two decades of pastoral ministry experience and a master's degree in new media, helped me present. She helps Christian leaders use their online presence to enrich and expand their ministry reach, and she actively speaks and writes on the subject.

Read the whole article: The State of Social Media, Part I