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Get This Unusual Christmas Gift that Will Actually Matter

Written by Paul Steinbrueck

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Christmas is fast approaching. If your head is spinning with gift shopping and requests for give ideas from family members, let me suggest a gift idea you may not have thought of that will be more meaningful than 99% of the gifts you give or get this year.

I have been blessed with a big, generous family. This time of year, my wonderful family repeatedly asks me for a list of gift ideas. Most years I have a difficult time coming up with anything I want.

I don’t care about fashion or clothes. I usually don’t want the coolest new tech gadgets. I’m not a tool guy. I don’t want movies or music. I don’t collect anything. I’m just content with what I have.

Material things don’t bring happiness anyway, right?

If you find yourself in this situation, let me suggest an usual gift idea…

Get a gift that will advance your ministry

God has created each of us with a passion for something Kingdom-related. Maybe yours is evangelism or discipleship, maybe it’s teaching children or teens, maybe it’s music or writing.

Every ministry involves connecting with people. A website is one of the best ways to connect with people. So…

Why not request or give yourself a new website, a new website feature, an upgrade or search marketing will help to advanced your ministry?

This may sound like a strange gift, but think about it… A year from now, are you going to remember a box of chocolate, a new pair of pants or a power tool? Or will you remember the 10, 100, or 1,000 people you were able to minister to because they connected with you online?

A better website is not just a great gift idea for yourself, but also for others.

Do you have a family member or friend who is an aspiring musician, writer, artist or crafts-person who could be a blessing to more people if he or she were able to share their gift with others?

Do you have a family member or friend who is pastor of a small church that has no website or a poor website that is holding them back?

Here’s an opportunity to bless them with something much more meaningful than a new coffee maker, scented lotion or a screwdriver set.

Here are 4 Website Gift Ideas

  1. New Website. For a church or ministry that has no website (or a poor one), you can build a church website (or a ministry website) with our WP-EZ Website Builder and cover the hosting for a year for about $100. Order by December 16 and we’ll give you a free domain name!
  2. Upgrade a Free Website. OurChurch.Com does offer free websites. To be candid, I don’t recommend them because they don’t have their own domain name and have limited features and storage. So, if you built a free site because you didn’t want to spend any money on your website or wanted to try WP-EZ, upgrading your website to Bronze and getting your own domain is a great gift. Again, it’s about $100. Login to MyOCC to get started.
  3. Get an SSL Certificate. When your website has an SSL Certificate, it encrypts all data to and from your website. It also shows a green “Secure” and lock symbol giving your visitors a warm fuzzy feeling (instead of showing “not secure”) Order an SSL here.
  4. Invest in SEO.  A lot of people think just because they build a website people will find it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. If you have a website, but are not getting the visitors you want, do your church, ministry or business a favor and invest in search engine optimization.

Why blow money on a gift that will be soon forgotten when you could give a website gift that will advance the Kingdom of God?

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  • Are you considering a website gift for yourself or someone else this year? If so, what?
  • Do you have other gift ideas that have a Kingdom impact?

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    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.

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    • Nice idea, pal. SSL gift…I’m gonna get a SSL certificate for my friend’s website this christmas. i’m sure he will like it.