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WEB EVANGELISM BULLETIN

. . . learning from each other
W-E-B Issue 145 ~ February 07
Twice a month ISSN 471-0323


News this time...

IEC WEB EVANGELISM SURVEY
CHURCH WEBSITE ASSESSMENT TOOL
CHURCH SITE TEMPLATES
MORE READY-MADE CONTENT FOR STUDENTS
TIPS
VIDEO CLIPS
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
COMMUNICATING WELL
SEARCH ENGINES
CULTURE
SPORTS OUTREACH SITE
TAILEND

"Words that soak into your ears are whispered... not yelled"

"You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar"
- Farmer's sayings


IEC WEB EVANGELISM SURVEY

The Internet Evangelism Coalition has produced a new survey church and para-church ministries. For the first time, Christian organizations can come together to report and track the effects and results of internet evangelism. Through this survey, Christian organizations will share important data that will:
- provide a means of measuring the effectiveness of internet evangelism based efforts vis-à-vis other organizations and peers;
- establish how other organizations measure their online "success";
- allow groups to compare their performance measurement practices with organizations and churches of like size and scope;
- introduce performance measurement statistics and practices that may not have been considered or implemented before;
- help all of us compare results and learn from ministries in countries around the globe.

You can help this process by completing the online questionnaire. Your input is crucial so that as an international Christian community we can together paint a comprehensive picture of internet evangelism practices around the world. This survey will also be important for Christian organizations to benchmark their own performance measurement "success" and practices to demonstrate how effective online evangelism efforts have been and if - or how - they must be adapted in order to increase the impact.

This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and all respondents will receive a free copy of the survey results. Your participation in this survey is crucial! Your cooperation in completing the survey by February 28, 2007 is very much appreciated. All information that you share will be kept completely confidential and will be reported only in aggregate. Please access the confidential and secure survey online at:
http://www.browngovernance.com/survey/IEC.htm


CHURCH WEBSITE ASSESSMENT TOOL

The new assessment questionnaire to help church websites reach out into the community can now be inserted into any other website. All you need to do is copy/paste some CSS and Javascript code onto your own page:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/churchdesign-syndicate.php

This is what your page will look like:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/churchdesign-example.php

We will also be grateful if you can make use of our press release about this new resource, which also covers Internet Evangelism Day, scheduled for 29 April.
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/publicity.php#news

Websites are also invited once again to add the Internet Evangelism Day diagonal banner, in the run-up to April:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/banner-linking.php


CHURCH SITE TEMPLATES

A ready-made template is often the best way for even a gifted webmaster to start building a new church website. Church Templates offer a small range of attractive free templates, and we note that they are valid XHMTL too:
http://churchtemplates.org/


MORE READY-MADE CONTENT FOR STUDENTS

EveryStudent.com are now offering churches and campus groups the option to have their own branded version of parts of the EveryStudent content, using a unique URL and other branding features. This is ideal for any college group, or a church based in a university town:
http://www.myeverystudent.com/


TIPS

- non-techies look away now

DUAL BROWSERS. Although IE7 is gaining popularity fast, IE6 will remain around for a long time and webmasters need to test site in both. After all, there are still about 3% web users with IE5. There are ways to effectively run IE6 and 7 on your computer for testing purposes:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b07feb-IE6IE7

CHARACTER ENCODING - the Definitive Guide. What is character encoding? And which form of encoding should you use?
http://www.sitepoint.com/article/1560

HARD DISK ENCRYPTION: there are legitimate uses for this, particularly missionaries travelling or working in sensitive countries. Truecrypt is an open-source system which will encrypt a whole hard drive, a few files, or a memory stick:
http://www.truecrypt.org/

CSS - "POSITION IS EVERYTHING" - articles on CSS issues:
http://www.positioniseverything.net/articles.html


VIDEO CLIPS

Faith Visuals are full of good things. Subscribe to their newsletter, and you will see no-pay downloads - the latest relating to the new William Wilberforce film:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/lyris/faithvisuals/archives/02-15-2007.html

They have also posted a range of appropriate video clips onto YouTube too, in order to reach a secular audience:
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ChristianityToday

There is enormous potential in producing video shorts:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/video-outreach.php


THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

"WEB 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us." Here's an interesting video short from Digital Ethnography @ Kansas State University on how the Web is changing, and changing communication ... and us. It would make a valuable discussion starter in any seminar on web communication:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gmP4nk0EOE

BLOCK POSTERS: Convert one of your own graphics to a large wall poster up to 1 meter wide, and print it on your own printer in sections:
http://www.blockposters.com/default.aspx

RETREVO - lots of consumer-based information on products you may wish to buy:
http://www.retrevo.com/


COMMUNICATING WELL

Earl Creps writes about text messaging the preacher DURING the sermon:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b07-creps

Does your church speak Christianese?
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b07feb-christianese

Both of these are features on the Monday Morning Insight column for church leaders. Not only does it address valuable issues, but there is the opportunity for feedback and discussion on each weekly column:
http://mondaymorninginsight.com/


SEARCH ENGINES

SNAP - you can add your website to SNAP search:
http://www.snap.com/about/partners_advertisers.php

It is also possible to add link preview popup graphics to external links on your site - see it demonstrated on Monday Morning Insight - follow any short feature from the homepage, and then hover on an external link:
http://mondaymorninginsight.com/

Importance of including a sitemap on your site:
http://www.wilsonweb.com/seo/ross-sitemaps.htm

Analyze a webpage, or block of text, using Topicalizer, to obtain a range of stats about word use and frequency, which will not only help you to improve your writing, but may also help in Search Engine Optimization based on keywords:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b07feb-topicalizer


CULTURE

Movies are a great discussion point as we relate to the wider world. Learn to discern and use embedded redemptive meanings in their stories. Here are CT's 10 most redeeming films of 2006:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b07feb-movies


SPORTS OUTREACH SITE

Athletes in Action have produced an outreach site based on American football, to link in with the Super Bowl:
http://www.beyondtheultimate.org/


TAILEND ô¿ô

Medieval technology: "Opening the Book" - a hilarious video-clip spoof on computer helplines:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRjVeRbhtRU

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