Sunday, December 03, 2006

Blog improves outreach of a church

As a group project for a course at Emily Carr, I helped to update the website for a very small congregation called "Christ Alive Community Church" in the West End of Vancouver.

We came into contact with the church through one of the members of our group, an exchange student from Holland, who had found the church with Google when she first arrived and was looking for a Sunday night traditional service. She was welcomed by the tiny congregation, but it was apparent that they needed to improve their outreach in order to survive.

Our goal was a simple appearance, better navigation, easy updating, and increased visibility on the internet to people from outside Vancouver. On a local level the people in the church are involved in community service projects, but the ministry also has an important role as a location where same-sex couples from all over the world can come to be legally wed in a traditonal worship service.

We didn't tell the pastor we were giving him a "blog" until we could show him our final product, since many people think that they are only for teenagers reporting on last night's party. He was very pleased with the results.

Here is a link to the site of Christ Alive Community Church