BeanQuest

February 13, 2006

Web Work

Filed under: beanquest — Brian @ 5:00 pm

My church had a “minstry fair” this morning, where all of the (several dozen) ministries had tables set up and a person you could talk with. Like a job fair.

One of the ministries is the Church’s website. The guy who runs it is looking mainly for programmers, but also for content providers. He says a lot of people come to him with ideas about what the site could do, but few come with skills and time to help do the work.

Given my recent wondering about how web design and programming might fit me, I couldn’t not volunteer to try it out.

It doesn’t use any kind of pre-fab content management system. It sounds like it uses a patchwork of static HTML, Javascript, PHP and JSP. I know enough to be dangerous in all of those things. And especially dangerous if they’re all mixed together.

But that means it’ll really be an exercise in design and development, and not just one in learning how to use the software they maintain the site with.

I’m excited to see where this leads.

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3 Comments »

  1. What? No URL to your church’s website? Inquiring minds want to know…

    Incidentally, this is a wonderful way to exercise your gifts in ministry. I built our church’s original website and then maintained it over a nine-year period, and I learned more about what was going on in the church and felt more plugged in than at any other time in my life.

    I just stepped aside from this role so they could purchase and implement a true CMS, and I miss that specific interaction and involvement. But it was the right thing to do at the right time.

    Churches need visionaries. The message always stays constant, but the media needs to be cutting edge.

    Comment by Eric — February 13, 2006 @ 10:46 pm

  2. Here you go, Eric!
    http://www.worthingtoncc.org/site1/index.php
    I love that the sermons are there to listen to. I can catch any that I missed or go back to find things I wanted to hear again.

    Comment by Beanquestor's Bride — February 14, 2006 @ 8:20 am

  3. I hadn’t thought of the opportunity to learn more about what’s going on at the church – but that’ll certainly happen, I suppose!

    Thank you, my bride, for taking care of my visitors while I was away… :-)

    Comment by Brian — February 14, 2006 @ 9:46 pm


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