1. My Church Saw No Need For The Internet
2. I Almost Killed Our Newborn Internet Ministry
3. They Don’t Care About Fancy Graphics And Technology
4. We Were Surprised By Who We Reached
5. Our First Designs Missed The Point
6. We Weren’t Sure Which Cool Technologies To Use
7. We Found Lots Of Unexpected Challenges Along The Way
8. We Learned That Connecting People Makes Ministry Happen
9. Innovative Ideas That Worked For Us And Might Work For You
10. Where Are We Going Next?
A great church website is more about ministry than technology. Web-Empower Your Church offers step-by-step guidance to web implementers and other church leaders who are on the exciting journey to building an effective web ministry. Mark’s engaging, conversational style makes technology accessible. He offers first-hand advice on every aspect of building an internet ministry: from assembling a team to designing and maintaining the website to adding powerful ministry features.
The accompanying CD-ROM contains documentation, training, and a demonstration version of website building software from the folks at the Web-Empowered Church ministry.
“A first-hand account from one of the true pioneers of online ministry. Anyone interested in online ministry ought to read this book and learn from Mark’s example.”
Author, eMinistry: Connecting with the Net Generation
“A clear picture on the do’s and don’ts of web ministry for churches. A must read for churches who want to effectively engage in web ministry.”
Founder and Chairman, Global Media Outreach,
a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ
“Stephenson has truly unleashed the power of internet ministry for your church. If you’re looking for readable and educating book on web-empowered ministry, look no further. This book is it. I can’t believe how much I learned from my first reading. I will be returning to the book over and over.”
President, Easum, Bandy & Associates
Mark Stephenson is Director of CyberMinistry and Technology of Ginghamsburg Church, Tipp City, Ohio. He started the Ginghamsburg CyberMinistry back in 1996 as an unpaid servant. Over the years, as the ministry grew, Mark joined the Ginghamsburg staff, first part time and then full time. Currently, Ginghamsburg Church has one of the largest and most innovative church internet ministries in the world, and the ministry remains unpaid-servant based and home grown (no outside companies or consultants have been hired). The website has received national acclaim — from write-ups in the Wall Street Journal to the Dallas Morning News to Christian Computing Magazine, and television stories by WBNS Channel 10 in Columbus, Ohio and on Fox News. Visionary leaders like Bill Easum and Len Sweet champion it as a must-see website.
Mark, the Church CyberGuy, is also a well-known speaker on CyberMinistry as he conducts presentations and workshops around North America for such organizations as Leadership Network, United Methodist Communications, North American Christian Convention, Brethren in Christ Church of North America, and Miami University of Ohio. Mark has provided consulting support to numerous churches from around the world to help them develop their web ministries. His passion for helping churches led him to start and lead the Web-Empowered Church, a ministry of The Foundation for Evangelism, to develop free web-ministry software for churches and ministries worldwide.