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More articles about church websites

One of the things I’m going to try to do more regularly in the Christian Web Trends Blog is to bring to your attention good articles published on other blogs. We’ve been focusing on church websites in recent weeks, and it just so happens that Church Marketing Sucks has started a series called What Web 2.0 Means for Your Church. If you can get past the title of their site, I think you’ll find the articles insightful…

Web 2.0 is the latest rage. It’s on the cover of Newsweek and everyone is speculating if it’s the revenge of the dot com boom… What is Web 2.0? …more than just community, there’s a certain attitude that comes with web 2.0… The Web 2.0 & Church… (more).

The series continues with the following articles:

What are your thoughts on Web 2.0 ideas described in these articles? Any you feel inspired to implement?

In His Service,
Paul Steinbrueck

About the author

Paul Steinbrueck

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.


  • Dear Mr. Steinbrueck,
    Thank you for your mailing this morning regarding your blog archives. I am appalled that you would consider using a word such as “s….”. Maybe you assume that speaking in this manner, will reach certain people. This word may not be a swear word, and there is no reason to say it is “un-Christian”, but you are certainly lowering your standards. There is a level of respect being lost in this society and we should not be helping it along. I do not allow this word in my househould unless it refers to a straw, and I certainly would not visit a blog site with this word in the title.

  • hikebymyside,

    I realize that some people find that word offensive. If it were my site, that’s not the title I would choose either. But I’m just the messenger here. If you don’t like it, you can take it up with them or just choose not to visit the site.

    Anyone who cares can read their explanation for the title. I included it in the article, but I’ll post it here as well:

    That’s said, the content of the articles is relevant to what we’re talking about here, so let’s try to stay on the topic of Web 2.0 and church websites. Thanks.

    – Paul

  • Your unsubscribe does not seem to be user friendly. Please unsubscribe. Actually I thought I already done so.
    A comment might be in order here. I have been listed with a modest website on your service and have had precious few hits over a time of 4 years or so. Is that normal?
    Blessings, Nick

  • Gil and Nick, I’ve unsubscribed you both. It is pretty simple to unsubscribe from the email distribution at

    Nick, addressing your comment:

    >I have been listed with a modest website on your service and have had precious few hits over a time of 4 years or so. Is that normal?

    It depends what you’ve done to reach out to others. You can’t simply build a website and expect people to visit. You have to register it in search engines, promote it in forums, and exchange links with similar sites among other things. I would encourage you to check out our site 12 Steps to a Successful Website.

  • Subject: Re: [OCC Blog] Survey Says… Posted by Jim & Shirley Mae

    Message: I didn’t intend to respond to what you reported re: 3 things and I can
    only now remember the first one, which was the electronic church
    doesn’t take the place of church.

    This is something I do not agree with…many of us were led away from
    church building’s and into the realization that each child of God is
    God’s temple…in us the fullness of The Godhead dwells…and when 2 or
    3 of us gather, no matter where…yes even in cyberspace…Christ JESUS
    IS in the midst of us.

    God does not inhabit building’s made by hand…HE dwells in man…and
    we see the fellowship of believers is usually not being done according
    to Paul’s pattern of church clearly revealed in 1 Corinthians 12 t0
    14…seldom do we see The Spirit of God in charge of church
    fellowship…and this is sad indeed, but The Word reveals…STRAIGHT is
    the gate…narrow the way…and few there be that find it…

    ….so dear one, many are sitting in “The True Olive Tree,” and they are
    not grafted in…during the shaking which is taking place according to
    Hebrews 12…they will be “shaken out” because what can be shaken will
    be shaken so what remains, is UN-shakable.

    Ephesians 4:11-16 reveal the TRUE Body of Christ, and verses 16, 17,
    reveal those who are not part of us, yet they thought they were…sadly
    they will not hear COME UP HITHER…

    Let none of us be counted in that number.

    God bless you as you seek diligently to know who HE IS…for HE IS NOT
    as people think HE IS…HE IS more than the man in the songs we
    sing…HE IS more than the one most run to when in trouble…HE IS more
    than the human mind can fathom…but HE IS MY FATHER…and the Father
    of all those who choose to believe in the completed work His Son did at
    The Cross 2000 years ago, that now allows those who believe to become
    adopted into God’s family as a MUCH loved child…where our Father
    takes care of us, and we in faith do not doubt and waver that in every
    thing…no matter what it is…HE WILL work things out for our
    good…when we have need, He meets the need…we don’t have to beg…we
    just ASK…knowing by faith, HE WILL meet the need.

    For us HE always does SINCE we discovered who HE IS and WHO WE ARE IN

    Resting In Him…abiding in His love and grace…
    Jim and Shirley Mae Fry

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