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Non-technical OurChurch.Com Forums Closing May 31

 
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pdstein
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 5:20 pm    Post subject: Non-technical OurChurch.Com Forums Closing May 31 Reply with quote

Hi Folks,

After a lot of thought and discussion, we have decided to close down all of the non-technical OurChurch.Com forums (with the exception of the OCC Fellowship forum) on May 31, 2009.

This was a difficult decision because we dreamed for years about having a vibrant community of forum users discussion ministry, faith, relational, and other issues. But the fact of the matter is that these forums are only frequented by a handful of users. And the discussions have often been argumentative or theological debates. There was just not enough edifying conversation or community to make them worth continuing any longer.

The forums being close include Christian Ministry Exchange, Faith and God, Relationships, In the news..., Original Writing, Spiritual Conversations, Prayer Requests, Humor, Teen Talk.

We understand that those of you who were regulars in these forums will be disappointed by the decision. We hope that you would continue to read and post in the technical forums that will continue.

In His Service,
Paul Steinbrueck
OurChurch.Com

EDIT 5/21: We have decided to also keep the "Original Writing" forum.


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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very disappointing pdstein, because I had been posting here in the "Original Writing" section for the past 9 years and had much readership. Hope you change your mind and keep atleast this section open. Thanks anyway for being a great forum. God bless.
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 8:33 am    Post subject: Re: Non-technical OurChurch.Com Forums Closing May 31 Reply with quote

pdstein wrote:
Hi Folks,

After a lot of thought and discussion, we have decided to close down all of the non-technical OurChurch.Com forums (with the exception of the OCC Fellowship forum) on May 31, 2009.

This was a difficult decision because we dreamed for years about having a vibrant community of forum users discussion ministry, faith, relational, and other issues. But the fact of the matter is that these forums are only frequented by a handful of users. And the discussions have often been argumentative or theological debates. There was just not enough edifying conversation or community to make them worth continuing any longer.

The forums being close include Christian Ministry Exchange, Faith and God, Relationships, In the news..., Original Writing, Spiritual Conversations, Prayer Requests, Humor, Teen Talk.

We understand that those of you who were regulars in these forums will be disappointed by the decision. We hope that you would continue to read and post in the technical forums that will continue.

In His Service,
Paul Steinbrueck
OurChurch.Com



Sad but true.

I really do hate to see it go
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dr. Johnson Cherian,

Thanks for your reply. We'll discuss your request to keep the Original Writing forum. I think of all the forums scheduled for closing, that one has the most potential. There's a consistent flow of new posts, they're being read by a fair number of people, and it doesn't get all the arguments. I'll let you know what we decide soon.

In His Service,
Paul Steinbrueck
OurChurch.Com


jeremiah7 wrote:
Very disappointing pdstein, because I had been posting here in the "Original Writing" section for the past 9 years and had much readership. Hope you change your mind and keep at least this section open. Thanks anyway for being a great forum. God bless.
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OBTW Are you going to remove chat also?
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pdstein wrote:
Dr. Johnson Cherian,

Thanks for your reply. We'll discuss your request to keep the Original Writing forum. I think of all the forums scheduled for closing, that one has the most potential. There's a consistent flow of new posts, they're being read by a fair number of people, and it doesn't get all the arguments. I'll let you know what we decide soon.

In His Service,
Paul Steinbrueck
OurChurch.Com


jeremiah7 wrote:
Very disappointing pdstein, because I had been posting here in the "Original Writing" section for the past 9 years and had much readership. Hope you change your mind and keep at least this section open. Thanks anyway for being a great forum. God bless.


Thanks pdstein & OCC Forums. I'll be praying. God bless.
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear OCC management and staff,

I can understand your issues about closing (some) of the forums and I also hope together with Dr. Johnson, that you leave the "original writings" forum open. At least that we as members will have some way of contact.

May God bless you and keep you in the right direction.

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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JMiller wrote:
OBTW Are you going to remove chat also?


No we're not removing the chat feature and we're not removing the forums that have to do with OCC announcements, services, and support.

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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

After further consideration, we've decided to keep the "Original Writing" forum going. There's been quite a bit of good stuff posted in there and it hasn't required a lot of moderation like other forums.

Special thanks to Dr. Johnson Cherian for speaking up and advocating for the "Original Writing" forum.

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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pdstein wrote:
Hi everyone,

After further consideration, we've decided to keep the "Original Writing" forum going. There's been quite a bit of good stuff posted in there and it hasn't required a lot of moderation like other forums.

Special thanks to Dr. Johnson Cherian for speaking up and advocating for the "Original Writing" forum.

In His Service,
Paul Steinbrueck
OurChurch.Com


Dear Paul & OCC,

Thank you for your decision. I started off my "internet evangelism" with OurChurch 9 years back, creating a free site when I didn't know anything about witnessing on the web. I have always been a fan of OCC because the forums are easy to navigate and the pages load fast. I have had much success in witnessing here than at other forums. The readership is also satisfying.
May Jesus grant much success to all your endevours till his coming.
Thanks & God Bless.
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 5:19 pm    Post subject: Your decision is understandable Reply with quote

As in infrequent visited to this forum, I agree that it is sad but true that the forums have been used most often as a place to sow discord and not unity.

There are many other forums online which can be visited by the OCC forum posters to satisfy any perceived need for fellowship. I imagine that those visitors who wish to stay in contact with one another, can start their own forum or forums elsewhere, and P.D. Stein and crew can focus on their core IT business.

To you Mr. Steinbruek, I say you are wise focus on the headaches inherent in the technical aspects of your business and not on the endless difficulties which do go along with constant disputing of doctrine. I understand you have your own children. It is enough of a challenge to raise them in this world, without having to constantly monitor "adult" children arguing here.

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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To OCC,

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. (Hebrews 6:10)


Have you been refreshing the hearts of your brothers and sisters in Christ by doing good for them? God never forgets what you do for his children. Your reward is definite and The Bible says, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9). Continue in your good work.
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