What Is Web Ministry?
Web ministry is any and every way that your church can or could reach out to members, visitors, seekers and leaders through a variety of Web and Internet technology tools. Most people think of Web ministry as having a website, but there is so much more to developing and maintaining a dynamic Web ministry for your local church, district or conference organization of The United Methodist Church. In fact, Web ministry should be just as prominent and integrated into your congregation or organization's total ministry plan as any other aspect. Here's what we mean when we say, "Web Ministry."
Web ministry offers avenues of timely, critical response and engagement, and it promises a real presence to those searching for answers.
Web ministry is about building dynamic, interactive, multi-layered activites and services that expand the church's reach to connect with billions of users 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year so that any person, any time and anywhere can become a disciple of Jesus Christ and enter into a life-changing, world-transforming journey of faith, hope and love.
Web ministry adapts the tools of the Internet and resources of the world-wide Web to fulfill the church's mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. It makes use of the vast communication and information cyber-highway to connect with 1.596 billion people (World Internet Stats, March 2009).
How can your local church, district or conference organization of The United Methodist Church make use of the technology tools of our day to be in ministry to all the world-wide Web? Consider these steps and get started today:
To learn more about how to develop a dynamic Web ministry for your local church, district or conference organization, take the facilitated online course, "What Is Web Ministry?" What is Web Ministry? is the first of a four-part series of courses designed for -- and facilitated by -- church staff.