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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 4:11 pm    Post subject: The Winners of the Church Website Improvement Awards are... Reply with quote

After reviewing the 3 finalists for the Church Website Improvement Awards, the OurChurch.Com staff has selected a winner. But before we get to that, there are a few observations we’d like to make…

- All 3 of the finalist churches created their websites in the last year. In other words, they started from nothing. It caused us to wonder whether churches that have had websites for years have either lost momentum and enthusiasm for improving them.

- Because all 3 started from the same place, it made judging the most improved a lot easier because the most improved is the church which we deemed has the best website right now.

- All 3 churches are small. None has more than 150 members. This demonstrates it’s not the size of the church that matters but the commitment of the webmaster, the leadership of the church, and the participation of the people who attend the church.

Without further ado, taking first place in the Church Website Improvement Awards and winner of the $200 grand prize is…

First Place: Dutch Valley Church of God - Knoxville, TN
This website was created less than 3 months ago, and they’ve done a fantastic job in that short time. The website includes all the essentials for a church site like a good introduction to the church on the homepage, service times, a statement of faith, and an up-to-date calendar. It includes lots of photos, the salvation message, and even some YouTube videos that explain the Gospel.

It’s also worth noting that the Dutch Valley COG site has the Domain Package and Ad-free option which gives the site it’s own domain name, a an uncluttered appearance, and no limit to the number of pages they can add.

Second Place: Holly Springs Baptist - Holly Springs, AR
This church website is just 6 weeks old. Despite the fact that the website is hosted in a free account, it includes most of the important elements of a church website. It has an up-to-date calendar and a number of pictures (though visitors would probably appreciate more pictures of the staff and attenders of the church). As with all sites created with Beacon it has the address and phone number clearly displayed on the homepage as well as a link to a map.

Third Place: Mountain View Bible Fellowship - Sayre, PA
This church is a home church, a small fellowship that meets in someone’s home. The website is a bit unusual for a church website because it contains no contact information, no names, and no invitation to visit their fellowship. Instead encourages people to consider starting their own home church. The fact that this site is a finalist is a testament to the strong relationships in this home church as we’re guessing just about everyone involved in the church stopped by the OCC forums to vote. J

Congrats to all 3 of our Church Website Improvement Award winners. They have received prizes of $200, $100, and $50 respectively which can be used towards an OurChurch.Com services.

Thanks again to everyone who submitted articles, everyone who posted comments, and everyone who voted. We hope by giving some recognition to some church websites that have made significant strides forward that all church webmasters will be encouraged that their efforts are not in vain and they are making a real difference in the building of God’s kingdom.

In His Service,
Paul Steinbrueck
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 9:28 pm    Post subject: Thank you ! Reply with quote

Very Happy Dear Our Church.Com Staff
As the webmaster for Dutch Valley COG, I wanted to thank you for awarding us First Place in the contest for the most improved website. It is not without the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ that this website has been built and kept up to date. I want to give the Lord all the Glory for this site, and this award.
In his Service,
DVCOG Webmaster
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 4:43 pm    Post subject: Holly Springs Baptist Church Reply with quote

As half of the webmaster team for our site, I want to thank for the opportunity to host a free website in a purely Christian environment. Our church is small and this site was started with the idea of taking loads off of others in our church who already give a ton of their time into ministry within our church. Our church doesn’t have funds for this ministry and therefore this site is an awesome answer to the need. There are also many uses yall provide that make it even better. Thank You for even giving us the opportunity to get an award for our site. Thank you even more for awarding us as one of the winners. The true winner is the cause of Christ, all of these churches providing information about faith, love, Christ, etc just gives that much more power and drive to the furthering of the gospel. Thank you all of the members of HSBC that voted and supported our site. Thanks to all of the other churches involved for the creativity of your sites, I have learned much from yall. Thanks Ourchurch, Love in Christ, Daniel Clayton
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 10:10 pm    Post subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Reply with quote

I just wanted to congratulate the winning website for doing such an awesome job! I visited their site, and it's AWESOME! All the websites are awesome! You are all doing such a fantastic job! To God be the Glory!!
Jesus Sign Keep up the Great Work!!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 7:47 pm    Post subject: go get um Reply with quote

great job keep up the good fight
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Everyone. I just wanted to take the time to thank you all for the time and trouble you put into maintaining the website. I too, decided to take a look at the points you made concerning the website, and what I would need to do to improve it further.... the critisism is appreciated! Smile In the upcoming year, as the Lord tarries, I'll be continuing to maintain our website and making what improvements are possible... all for the honor and glory the Lord alone deserves!

"O thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come!" Psalms 65:2 & &
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