I am so excited to share with you the new CommunityBible.com! This has been a work in progress for some time and I'm so proud of the team at CBC and our developers at PlainJoe Studios who designed and built this new site. We restructured the navigation/flow of our site a year ago and our goals moving forward were to "clean up" the homepage and increase the visibility of the Search feature. PlainJoe accomplished these goals and much more! What do you think?
I'm so excited to share with you all the new CommunityBible.com! Go ahead and leave this site and check out that one for a while!
I can't be more proud of my team on the WebMinistry at CBC in all that they have done to make this a reality. The process began less than three months ago and the design and development was all done by the incredible team at PlainJoe Studios. I can't express enough how grateful I am to partner with the great people at PlainJoe as they not only produce great quality in their work, but are even better people with Kingdom-minded hearts.
In building this site there are 5 keys that I feel are very important to it accomplishing our goals for this platform:
1) Sleek Design - we found that almost half of our website traffic were first time visitors and wanted to make a great first impression the moment the home page opens.
2) Solid Structure - the site is built on Wordpress and the core functionality and stability is very solid. The site functions smoothly on mobile, tablets, and even Internet Explorer for anyone who might still use it.
3) Simple Navigation - we first thought about the experience from a first time user standpoint and then built functional navigation for the member as well making sure that everyone can easily find exactly what they are looking for.
4) Social - We want to make the site easy to share and engage with socially. Wordpress makes this very easy with the social sharing widgets and PlainJoe built a fantastic Invite a Friend function into the site as well.
5) Search Friendly - Whether someone is searching our site internally or searching on Google this site is optimized! We want people in our community and beyond to find us easily as well as people browsing our site to find exactly what they are looking for.
Want to know what the most exciting part is? We are not done! Monday morning the conversation begins again with what's next and where do we go from here. I can't wait! Let's never stop innovating and moving forward! Let's never get comfortable with where we are!
I'm continually humbled by the doors God continues to open in ministry and the great leaders I'm privileged to serve alongside. I cannot be more excited to announce that I have most recently come alongside Nick Vujicic and the ministry team at Life Without Limbs as a consultant and adviser. My primary focus as the WebPastor at Community Bible Church will not change and the leadership at my church has been so generous and flexible to allow me opportunities such as these to take my learnings from Online Church and use them to invest in other ministries as well. I will be working with Life Without Limbs alongside my good friends at PlainJoe Studios and iGivings in development of a new website, launch of a mobile app, Social Media strategy, and all things Online Ministry. I look forward to sharing with you my experiences in this role and all of my learnings along the way.
If you're not already familiar with Nick Vujicic and Life Without Limbs take a look at this video:
By the way, Nick just released his new book Unstoppable that recently made the New York Times bestseller list. Get your copy now!
As I look forward to 2013, there are so many things that I look forward to! Here are the first that come to mind: - Launch of the CBC Mobile App with iGivings
- Online Ministry Development for Life Without Limbs
As I look at this list of things that I'm excited about, it is often who I am/will be working with that gets me excited as what I will be doing. I feel so blessed about the people God has allowed me to work alongside and feel so privileged to not just work with some of the most qualified people, but all are incredibly godly leaders as well. It's going to be a good year! As I know I will learn so much through these new experiences, I cannot wait to share them with you all and learn from you as well.
Bring on 2013!
Peter McGowan is the Creative Principal behind Plain Joe Studios based in Corona, CA. Peter is a brilliant and creative leader with an incredible heart for ministry. Make sure to visit plainjoestudios.com and visit some of the work that he and his team have been a part of. My favorite of all of their work is the development of the Media Social platform. It has been an essential tool for CBC Online and continues to get better every day! Here are my 3 questions with Peter:
1) As you travel around the country working with various churches and ministries, what are some of the trends that get you excited about the future of the church?
the church working on not being the building but the body of Christ, the building just helps facilitate that… it doesn't matter what we have, it's what we can do with it. This is translating into the online / social media spheres now too. note this video from Granger - we just redid their environments:
2) In creating Media Social as an Online Church platform, what was your original vision for the platform and how has it changed since launching?
a core to the original vision was "social television/entertainment/engagement" where you could take what would normally be a one way medium (watching a video) and make it interactive/socially relevant. That core vision has remained as a constant, one of the early 'funding' methods was context based content control… i.e. if someone was a the parent a of jr. higher, ads for the jr. high retreat could pop up. Although that is still a part of our technology, our shift to enhancing the platform to be more useful for the platform to be used as an online church platform has really taken off. Whether it's for broadcasting traditional worship services, or for distributing small group content, the focus has shifted more towards facilitating those functional requirements.
3) When it comes to the Online Church, where do you see things going in 1 year, 5 years, or even 10 years?
people will be able to become more connected, find information to go deeper in their own personal journeys of faith. they will be able to connect with a broader community. Our hope is that the Church will become a major content provider for storytelling for our society, as it once was.
Here are some other posts in this series: