Amidst the glow of iPads, the buzz of mobile the phones, the flash of advertisements, and the ubiquity of WiFi hotspots, the church must somehow get its message across.
Ashland, OR (PRWEB) June 06, 2011
Media. That one word entails a world of sensations, experiences, visions, apparitions, stuffed email inboxes, exabytes (yeah, that’s a word) of information, old cell phones, new smartphones, trillions of dollars, mesmerizing messages, absolute bewilderment—a seismic cultural shift. It’s all about media. In today’s info-torrential and media-saturated world, don’t think that the church has gone unchanged. It’s changed. In a big way.
Here we are: smack-dab in the middle of 2011. It’s the age of the Millennials, an 80-million member generation that is more plugged into tech and tuned out to God than any other generation in American history. The world is online; nearly two billion people now have Internet access. A shocking five billion people in the world are cell phone users, tribespersons of Nokia, Apple, Droid, or any of the many other cellular iterations. Amidst the glow of iPads, the buzz of mobile the phones, the flash of advertisements, and the ubiquity of WiFi hotspots, the church must somehow get its message across.
Part of reaching this generation is speaking their language—communicating in a way that is understandable and powerful. Churches must embrace technology, redeeming it for relevance and authenticity. In a word, churches need an affordable, professional, and accessible source for all their media needs.
Sharefaith.com is that source. For the past eight years, Sharefaith has produced tens of thousands of church graphics, creating the world's largest resource for church media. Now, in 2011, Sharefaith has revealed their most revolutionary product yet--church websites.
Part of Sharefaith's passion is giving to churches, even the cash-strapped ones, the media tools that they need to communicate powerfully. Sharefaith thinks that every church should have a church website. A good one. Maybe even a church website like a megachurch website—complete with video and audio and stunning graphics. It would have to be a website that was easy to set up, to update, and to use. And it would have to be free.
Sharefaith has broken records and expanded barriers with this unprecedented tool for churches. All of Sharefaith's members--18,000 of them--have a pro church website. Already, just weeks after their release, these church websites are making a big impact.
One pastor wrote, "Sharefaith is a tremendous blessing! My church loves its new website. Building our church website was an exciting and fun adventure. Sharefaith's tutorials and excellent support staff enable persons with even the most basic computer skills to build a professional, appealing, versatile, and affordable website. Thank you Sharefaith!"
Another user, having experienced the daunting challenge of searching for an affordable church website, explained the predicament and solution: "After searching for a reasonably priced, easy to update, professional looking website for our church, Sharefaith was the clear winner. I can't believe we could have a website this good as part of our membership. Their tech support is quick, responsive, and very helpful. Bravo, Sharefaith!"
Often, church websites are ridiculed for their poor design. Not Sharefaith church websites. One user said, "We've had so many compliments on how great the site looks!" Another church worker wrote, "We love our Sharefaith Website! It looks professional." Clearly, the site has accomplished its objective of having "stunning graphics."
Many users are grateful for the vast amounts of time that Sharefaith websites have saved them. "Working in a mid-sized church office with a small staff means there are often a lot of things that have to be done by just a handful of people...Not having to design...from scratch has been a lifesaver for me." It's truly a time-saving tool. Here's how one user shared her exuberance: "Wow! In the two hours it took me to learn the website-building interface and customize our site from one of your themes, the only thing I could think was, "This is SO simple! Thank you, Sharefaith!"
Perhaps the biggest benefit for churches has been the cost benefit. The average church website today costs over $3,000 dollars. With Sharefaith, the cost of building the website is free for members. One user said, "The Sharefaith Church Website, has allowed us to take our web site to the next level, with out any outside programing cost."
You can see live samples of Sharefaith church websites here.