Posted by Andrew VanderPloeg
Well, we’re back after 4-days off and what was an excellent time of reflection on Jesus’ sacrifice and saving work. We hope it was as much of a blessing for you as it was for us.
As we gear back up to continue on with our ongoing projects and support work, we have a happy announcement to make.
A few weeks ago, we were honored to have been chosen by The Meeting House as their partner in the design and development of their new church website.
For those of you that aren’t familiar, The Meeting House is a multi-site church (8 to be specific) based in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). It has the distinction of being one of the largest churches in Canada and is pastored by Bruxy Cavey, author of the book, The End of Religion.
We are very excited to have this opportunity to work with The Meeting House as it holds a special place in the hearts of many of our current and past employees here.
For a few of us The Meeting House represents what was our church for a season. Others of us have visited the Oakville location; myself included (I always try to attend there when I’m in the GTA visiting friends). The Meeting House has also been a great resource for many of us on a personal basis as a number of us subscribe to their sermon podcast. Additionally, Brian and I have run a small group using The End of Religion and the related podcast as our study material.
So, needless to say, we have many personal reasons to be excited about being involved in this project. But our excitement goes beyond our personal feelings as well. Professionally, we are so pleased to work with another organization that clearly understands how the web can, and therefore should, be a powerful element of their communications strategy for both their members and people outside of their church in Canada and across the world who benefit from the teachings and resources they provide.
In the Spring Update that goes out to the membership, Joel Percy, Communications Pastor at The Meeting House writes:
“One of the reasons we are most excited about developing a stronger website is the potential it gives us to create community all over the world. Through downloadable sermons and online Home Church resources, literally anyone on the planet with internet access can get plugged in to our basic model of listening to shared teaching, then exploring and applying it in a Home Church context.”
He goes on to say that their “plan for the new site is to provide more resources for groups around the world, and also to make it easier for people who are listening via the internet to connect with each other.”
This speaks to the heart of the Great Commission and clearly conveys that Joel and the team there understand just how powerful a tool their website can be in fulfilling that calling.
So thanks to The Meeting House for this opportunity!
We’ll be sure to let you all know when the new site goes live!