Month: July 2016

Hosted church follow up

I received the following message from one of our hosted churches this morning – it is a blessing to help ministries out: Morning!  Wish you could have seen how excited the pastor was last night at church when I told him that our church website was up and running again and was ready for whatever content he wished to have on there!  Called an impromptu deacon's mtg after church so I could tell them about it!  :O)   Yes, I think we will want to keep the Google MAPS app; that is great!  Thanks for continuing to 'hold our hands' with this.  You are a blessing, for...

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Joy Baptist Tabernacle – Chattanooga

     Back in 2010 I rescued a domain (joybaptist.net) for Joy Baptist Tabernacle in Chattanooga Tennessee. As with all rescued domains, I check to see if the ministry was still in operation each year as the domain came up for renewal, and if it looked like the ministry was still around, I renewed the domain for another year and just went on about the doing the ministry.      The rescued domains have Basic Church information (name of ministry, pastor’s name, address, service times if I could get them, local weather, links to the Baptist Ministry Database, a Bible Tract for a salvation message, some Christian banners and basic contact information so the ministry can update the information, or get the domain back if they desire to do so).      I received an email yesterday from a church member of Joy Baptist Tabernacle, asking if I could change the phone number for the church, add an email link, have the website say that the church was "Independent, fundamental, KJV Bible based services.  We are missionary minded and we also STILL sing the old hymns in our song service."        He also asked me to add some service times and wanted me to include a google map. Sounded like a regular website to me. He said he didn’t want anything fancy, but I decided to just go ahead and build...

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Another Rescued Domain Return

     Back in 2008, I rescued a domain for North Hazelwood Missionary Baptist Church in Waynesville North Carolina (northhazelwoodbaptist.org).      Our “rescue” program kept viable domains that had links to them from other ministries from being taken over by advertisers or worse, porn sites.      Two weeks ago I was contacted by a church member that was tasked with the chore of trying to determine the best course of action for the church to get the domain back and put content back on the website.      We talked, she thought they wanted a simple website (at least at first) and might want to develop it going forward. I brought her to my demo website at churchdemo.us, and showed her the back end of WordPress, and she thought she could work on it herself relatively easily. Churchdemo.us is setup to allow people to feel free to try things out in WordPress without having to worry about destroying their ministry websites.      I told her I could build her a simple website, she could update it a bit and then go to the staff and see if that is what they wanted. We could then make changes going forward, or she could go in a different direction if that was what was needed.      I built the website and turned it over to her yesterday, she has made some changes and...

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Bethel Baptist Church in Rockwall Texas

     We ran into Pastor Duane Crane of Bethel Baptist Church in Rockwall Texas last week at the East Texas Baptist Camp Meeting. We have been hosting their website (bbcrockwall.com) since 2009 when we met Pastor Crane at the 2009 East Texas Baptist Camp Meeting.      Pastor Crane and Bethel Baptist Church in Rockwall Texas have provided love offerings to our ministry over the years, and we have visited the church several times before.      Pastor Crane is doing live streaming of their services on the internet and wanted to discuss how they might be able to share some of their archived services online.      On Friday evening (the last night of the Camp Meeting) Pastor Crane asked when we were going to come visit Bethel Baptist Church. I told him we would come out and visit today. He said he would give me some time to present our work to his church.      Maureen and I went to Bethel Baptist Church in Rockwall Texas this morning for Sunday School and the morning service, and I was able to present our work during the morning service.  We were warmly greeted by the members and staff of the church.      The Sunday school had good solid Bible teaching and there was an excellent message provided by Pastor Crane during the morning service. Maureen and I then had a wonderful time...

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Church Planting in New Orleans

     This week in the East Texas Baptist Camp Meeting we had the pleasure of meeting Terry and Karla Rodgers and their family. Terry is sent out of Unity Baptist Church in Ripley Mississippi and will be church planting in New Orleans Louisiana.      There are over 1.1 million people living in metro New Orleans, over 45% are unaffiliated with any church body. Church planting in New Orleans sounds as if it fulfills a real need!      Terry has a Facebook page, and after speaking to Mark Jones the missionary to Hawaii, Terry decided he needed a website, first for the support raising portion of the ministry, and ultimately for the church in New Orleans once it is planted. Mark sent him over to talk to us.      We talked briefly, and he told me their ministry was called “Missionnola” on their prayer letter. I asked him if he liked “missionnola.com” and he said yes. I told him I would register that domain for him, and build a basic website for him with what information he had on his prayer card, and we could touch base next week and they could then take over and build on the simple framework for the website I had up for them.      I was able to get the basic website up for them on Thursday – it is a blessing to help...

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