Yesterday I mentioned that I’ve started a web design and hosting company called GraceSites, LLC. I didn’t just create it because I wanted to make a little extra money, I see it as a way to use my God given talent in His work. I’m no speaker or song leader, though I’m working on improving those abilities, but what I can do is develop websites and run servers.
The internet has become a great influence over our society — for both good and ill. I applaud the works of groups like Apologetics Press and the World Video Bible School, but I still see a need for the presence of the Lord’s church to grow further and be greater than all the filth and false teaching that pervades the internet currently. We cannot let the world push the Truth into the corners of this new territory.
I have the pleasure of working with the youth at my home congregation and often encourage them to use the unique skills and abilities God has given them to further the work of the Lord. If they’re artistic, they can design cards to send to visitors and the sick. If they are outgoing, they can use that influence and energy to invite their friends. I emphasize to them that every ability can be used in some way to help spread the Word.
In the same vein, God has given me a passion for and a natural skill with computers. I very strongly believe that I should find a way to use my talents to directly support the Lord’s work as well as my family. In following this belief, over the years I have provided members of the church with computer support, including bulletin, t-shirt, logo, and website designs and hosting.
It has long been my dream to do this work on a larger scale. However, my work primarily stayed within my family, close friends, and members attending my congregation. Then I took a leap of faith and asked Paul Spurlin to let me redesign the Southern Evangelism Conference website. Since designing the SEC website, thanks to Paul’s kindness, I’ve had the opportunity to design and host websites for several congregations and major youth conferences.
My desire to help spread the Word using the skills and success the Lord has blessed me with has lead me to take a big step and found GraceSites, LLC — a company dedicated to helping congregations create a place on the web and assist in spreading the Word.
Generally, the most difficult task of website maintenance is providing content. However, as devoted members of the Lord’s church we have an advantage. Every week, preachers and teachers all over the world develop new material and lessons that can be used to teach the Word on the internet. Through GraceSites, LLC I can help congregations publish this information so that it is eye catching and easy to find.
Some congregations may already have a member with the time and skill set to design and develop websites. I want to encourage these congregations to use these people’s talents! Far too long as a church we have ignored new skill sets as they pop up just because we do not see how they directly apply to worship. We can use any skill to further the Lord’s work without altering His word, we are a creative bunch we can figure out how if we just put our minds to it.
The reality is that most congregations do not have a member with this skill set. If they do, often they don’t have the time to keep it updated which causes the website to become abandoned. The tools I provide are simple enough for someone with basic computer skills to use, allowing almost anyone to post updates to their site.
Just a few of the services I can provide through GraceSites, LLC are:
- Mailing lists — allows you to contact all your members through one email address, as well as send out your bulletin electronically.
- Email accounts
- A state of the art content management system with an easy to use interface – publish sermon outlines, articles, and class materials with just a few clicks of the mouse.
- Google calendar integration – keep your members and local community updated with your congregation’s events and activities by updating the calendar on your website straight from your smartphone.
- Training in the use of the interface and all of its features as well as dedicated customer support.
If you know of anyone that needs a website, or if your congregation needs theirs revamped, please let them know about me. I want to help churches grow and spread the Lord’s Word and this is my way of doing it.