San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 16, 2007
The Swedenborgian Church (http://www.swedenborg.keepandshare.com) has no technical staff and no technology budget but that hasn't prevented this small San Francisco church from using the Internet to improve organization and communications in a big way. Using free web sharing software from Keep and Share (http://www.keepandshare.com) Swedenborgian Church has created a public web presence and private community sharing site that rivals anything megachurches with megabudgets have done using the Internet.
"Keep And Share is a God send for us," said Rachel Rivers, Minister of the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church. "If someone told you a small church could set up secure shared calendars for its staff and events, put up a beautiful public website with a wealth of helpful and current information, create a private church directory, share event photo's and experiences, and even help us improve our wedding business, all with free software, you might say this is impossible. Well, we've done it. And believe me, none of us have a technology bone in our body."
The Swedenborgian Church's public home page includes basic information you would expect on a church home page, such as its location, worship schedule, and contact information. However, it goes much further with "shares": documents, photo blogs, discussions, public calendars, helpful bookmarks and more, all managed in the background by KeepAndShare.com. These public "Shares" give potential visitors a feel for the church community that would be impossible any other way. Most popular shares with visitors include several photo blogs including a community trip to Mexico, an article entitled "Quantum Physics & Spirituality" by Ian Thompson, a help wanted/needed chat blog, church beliefs and frequently asked questions, retreat calendars and schedules and even a series of beautiful photographs of this historic church taken for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Behind the scenes, and accessible only to registered members is a complete church directory, private staff and event scheduling calendars, various private small group bible study information centers, church financials, and more. Swedenborgian Church has in effect created a sophisticated church "groupware" automation system with no technical staff or budget.
"We are amazed and delighted by what the Swedenborgian Church has done," said Robert Carr, CEO of KeepAndShare.com. "The church really has embraced our vision of public and private sharing made easy for non-technical people. What they are doing with their free membership to KeepAndShare is an inspiration for small church's and non-profit groups everywhere."
Swedenborgian Church's KeepAndShare website can be seen at http://www.swedenborg.keepandshare.com
About the Swedenborgian Church
San Francisco's Swedenborgian Church is a member of the General Convention of Swedenborgian Church, a North American Protestant denomination based on the Bible as illuminated by the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg. The San Francisco Swedenborgian Church building was built in 1895 and has been designated a National Historic Landmark for it's special beauty and role in the history of the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States.
KeepandShare.com (http://www.keepandshare.com) is the free website that makes group file sharing easy. With a few clicks, anyone can create a secure group file sharing center in 30 seconds. KeepAndshare.com is like a private "MySpace" where families, friends, clients, clubs, and groups of any kind can keep and share files, documents, calendars, lists, journals and photos safely and privately. With over 25,000 registered members, and membership doubling almost every month, KeepAndShare.com is among the web's fastest growing sites.