find and use resources
Ever want to locate someplace mentioned in the Bible on a modern day map?
Here's a website that allows you to do just that, with every identifiable place mentioned in the Bible being labeled on a Google earth map. Bible Geocoding is more current, user-friendly, and interactive than looking up an old atlas so will appeal to the younger set as well.
Social networking (the grouping of individuals into specific groups, like small rural communities or a neighborhood subdivision, mostly done online) has become a phenomena. Sites like Facebook, My Space, YouTube, LinkedIn, and others are redefining personal social networks. They've even redefined the use of the term 'friend.' The Annenberg Center for the Digital Future's 2007 report was even entitled, "Online World as Important to Internet Users as Real World?"
The Center for Congregations office in Evansville is open! Staff from Evansville and Indianapolis hauled boxes, arranged furniture, stocked the library shelves, and organized office supplies to ready this new satellite office, which will serve congregations in southwest Indiana. The office is located at 7516 Eagle Crest Blvd., facing the Lloyd Expressway, west of 164.
There is a new web tool that can add a little something extra to your congregation’s website. Your readers can have access to the text of Scripture with just a mouse hover or click on a Bible reference on any page of your website. A popup window will appear showing the text of the reference. You can also go a step further and see the whole passage in context, or add a link icon to Libronix for your readers who use Logos.
"People don't realize we've been doing 'small group ministry' for 150 years!"
Workshop presenters Steve Clark and Daryl Cripe of Grace Community Church in Noblesville shared their best resource picks for congregations looking at the use of technology. More than 50 participants attended the workshop, Technology and Its Possibilities, which was held at Grace earlier this month. The presenters discussed what they have learned at Grace using worship and production technology. Click here to see the resources they recommend.
Enjoying a Successful Capital Campaign
A capital funds campaign that has topped 160% of its goal and is still rising - it's happening in an unlikely place.
A decade ago, St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Evansville completed a disastrous capital campaign that reached about one-third of the goal and left the membership skeptical about success in the future. Now St. Paul's is in the middle of a very successful campaign that is likely to double the goal by the end of the three-year process.
The latest issue of the Centerpiece newsletter is available. Click here to download the Autumn 2008 publication, which includes information about education events, the upcoming Flourishing Congregations gathering, Resources You Can Use, and more.
When three central Indiana congregations decided to take a look at their communications and marketing processes, they found themselves on journeys of self-discovery. Read about their experiences in this edition of Congregational Stories