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About the Author

Mark M. Stephenson is director of the Web-Empowered Church ministry (www.webempoweredchurch.org) and director of CyberMinistry and technology of Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio (www.ginghamsburg.org).  Hosting more than 50,000 user visits per month, his Ginghamburg website has received national attention, from The Wall Street Journal and Christian Computing Magazine to Fox News.  Known as the "Church CyberGuy," he conducts presentations and workshops around the country and provides consulting support to churches around the world.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426713223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426713224
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,473,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Benjamin A. Simpson VINE VOICE on February 21, 2011
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Technology is a love of mine, and as tools continue to develop, there is a great deal of potential to leverage technology for ministry. The Internet, in particular, can be an effective form of communication for churches. Mark Stephenson, in his book Web-Empowered Ministry: Connecting With People through Websites, Social Media, and More, gives us a place to begin for thinking about and developing the use of the Internet for ministry.

Some churches develop their web presence effectively, while others struggle. In large part, this is because church leaders who are often tasked with the development of a church web-site or effectively developing other avenues for communicating effectively with the web are busy with other tasks. There are pastoral counseling calls to make, sermons to prepare, and meetings to attend. And most churches do not have the resources to build and develop a large staff. They depend a great deal on volunteers to keep things going.

The web continues to grow as a constant presence in the lives of everyday people. As such, there is a continued need for reflection on how we can best use the Internet as an extension of what we do within the ministry of the local church. Web-Empowered Ministry is a ministry manual, and it reads like one. Don't expect a page turner. Expect a how-to guide to web ministry that covers everything from design to utility for various web services. Stephenson covers web development, how to use free online services (such as Twitter, Facebook, etc.), and the basics of how a church website can deliver content (sermons, classes, etc.) to the masses. Stephenson also points his reader to Web Empowered Church, a network of church web development and IT professionals who can help with the development of an online presence.
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Overall worth the price.It covers a lot, in a plan/strategy style. This is book would be better used in a team use rather than an individual study. For those that are not techie, it is good as it provides a complete strategy for implementing a web presence that is specifically for ministry. If you have a tech team that you are overseeing this would be a good resource to prevent scope creep and keeps the use of tech on ministry. If you are more of a tech type, this is a good resource because it shows a more complete plan, or use, of tech for the purpose of ministry. It does not go into details on anything but is more of a start to finish strategy and is people focused. I would have rated this higher if it had more references to dig deeper. A "for further reading" section at the end of each chapter would have been nice. Since the book pretty much covers everything it is still an excellent resource.
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I have begun working with a small church that really needs to let the World know what this church has to offer. I have learned so much about web based ministry from this book that we are moving into areas we didn't think were available to us. All I can add is---Thank You!!!--Curtis Gay Author of One More Sunrise -Memoir of s Combat Infantryman in Viet Nam
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good book
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