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2013 State of the Church Online Report

Our team at MonkDev released the Q1 White Paper – 2013 State of the Church Online Report. The State of the Church Online Report emerged out of a desire to build a standard for church website best practices and usage. The data included in this report has been cultivated from 2009 to 2012. This is the first report of its kind to include such a robust set of data, gathered from over 50 churches spread across the United States. These churches are both large and small, urban and rural, and every stripe of denomination. The one thing they all
have in common, of course, is a desire to serve their congregation through their website.

Every church has different personas that make up the congregational body. Each of these personas— New Visitor, Return Visitor, Engaged Member, and Mature Disciple —all need different things from portions of the church website. Additionally, we believe churches can use their website as a ministry tool. The church website has an active role in moving individuals from one persona to the next. For example, connecting New Visitors to directions on the website will allow them to find the church easily. Doing so reduces “visitor friction,” allowing for more opportunity a New Visitor will return and transition to a Return Attender. This is a very small example, but it illustrates the point: church websites are more important than ever.

We hope it is useful, download your free copy here:


Best Practices in Church Website Design

Increasingly, we run into churches who invested in a website, but realized it did not help them do ministry. The website raised more problems than it solved. Stop Wasting Money on Church Websites by Starting with a Ministry Design Process. Our commitment is to ensure clients at MonkDev never experience this pain.

What is Your Ministry Design Process?
One of the ways we feel that we deliver tremendous value, is we approach things from a Ministry Design Process.
The Ministry Design Process identifies how your church does ministry and then works to translate this to the web. We do this as part of our Strategic Service offering during our Organizational Strategy Session. The image above is a small taste of the process. (If you’re interested, click here to learn about our Church Strategy Process.)

The goal is to take the mission of the church and walk through a process to discover key ministry initiatives which we help translate to the web environment. Sample ministry challenges we’ve helped churches with include:

The church has stopped growing or the congregation is aging.
Communications is not clear or reaching the desired audience.
People aren’t engaged or participating in community and they don’t know what is the next step for them.
Leadership development and discipleship paths aren’t clear.
Giving is down, serving is down and people don’t know how to get involved.

Learn more about our Church Website Strategy: Ministry Process Design.

Church Content Strategies, Websites, Multisite, Mobile and more

Over the last month the team at MonkDev has been quietly producing amazingly valuable content for churches.

Develop a Church Content Strategy to Create a World-Class Website – A great guide to understanding how to deliver content that creates ministry results for your church.

What is Your Church Online Giving Strategy? – Participate in our research and receive the results to learn how other churches are handling online giving.

Build Attendance For Your Church Events Using an iPad – Our free iPad give-away for churches that purchase a website.

Free Ebook: The Ultimate Guide to Ministry Process Design – Examining the home pages of 3 churches and the top content people click on.

The State of Mobile Church Websites – See the options people are selecting when choosing a mobile strategy.

Multisite Church Content Problems (and Solutions) – How do you navigate the unique challenges of a multisite church?

Churches – Designing Your Own Website – Do you plan to design your own website?

Now Hiring: Project Manager

MonkDev is looking to add a Project Manager to our team. As a Project Manager, you will be the lead in managing the successful planning, development and launch of new client web projects. Your background ideally includes successful web project management experience and a passion to serve the church with web technology. You care about project quality, are detail oriented, and have the capacity to manage multiple projects at the same time. This position is for our San Diego, CA location.

Why work at MonkDev?

MonkDev is a fast-paced development company that has doubled revenues over the last several years and has been named one of the fastest growing companies in San Diego County several years in a row. Our solutions are used by thousands of churches and organizations around the world. We are passionate about leading the way in helping churches and organizations broaden their reach, deepen their engagement with members and develop their community using technology. At MonkDev you’ll be part of a high-performing team of strategists, implementers, designers, and developers who build custom web solutions for churches of all sizes.

Project Manager: Apply or See more about the role, responsibilities & benefits

Biola Digital Ministry Conference

One of the conferences I enjoy the most is the Biola Digital Ministry Conference. Over the years it’s gone by many different names, such as the Christian Web Conference but this year there is more clarity around the conference than ever before. If you are in the digital ministry space this is a must attend event. Plus, this year we are launching an amazing event, the Hack-a-thon Competition.

Digital Ministry Hack-a-thon

The Digital Ministry Hack-a-thon is a two-day team competition designed to deepen your faith and give you an opportunity to use your skills for the kingdom of God. The competition will take place as part of the Biola Digital Ministry Conference on the campus of Biola University in Southern California from June 4 to June 7, 2012. Do you think you have what it takes? Are you ready to put your skills to the test?

I will be co-presenting the Keynote Session:

The State of Digital Ministry
Drew Goodmanson and David Bourgeois

In this session, Drew and Dave will examine the way ministries are using the Internet and other digital technologies. Using their own unique perspectives, they will start by talking about where we are today: what technologies we are using, how is technology being integrated into ministry, and offer opinions about its effectiveness. Then, they will review the trends in technology and make some predictions about the future. What will be doing in five years? What technologies should your ministry be investing in right now? This session will help your ministry understand where you fit today and how to plan for the future.

Churches turn to Facebook, Web, high-tech outreach

I had an opportunity to be interviewed and quoted in a USA Today article on how the church is using technology.   It begins:

Find the church by going online — the 21st-century version of sighting a steeple on the horizon. Beyond their website, Christ Fellowship has a Facebook page to give it a friendly presence in social media.

You can download the worship program by scanning their customized-with-a-cross QR code. The worship services are streamed online from their Internet campus — with live chat running so you can share spiritual insights in real time.

Afterward, says senior Pastor Bruce Miller, “someone will ask you, ‘How did it go? Did God help you, today? How can we help you?’ Just like we do when people come to our building in McKinney. We are here to help people find and follow Christ, wherever they are starting out from.”

And wherever they are in the digital world.

Full Article:  More congregations turn to Facebook, Web, high-tech outreach

Church Communication & Media – 77 Event

Join me and a group of thought leaders at the Communication/Media 77 Event in Huntington Beach next week.  In addition to actionable take-away plans, you will hear each presenter give a “TED style” talk on a thought provoking area.    I’ll be hitting a topic I hope is thought-provoking, including touching on “Why STORY misses the point in communication” and “why Church Communicators are setup for failure and how their role needs to be re-imagined.”  See you there!

CLA Ministry Internet & Technology Summit 2012

Join MonkDev this April at the CLA Ministry Internet & Technology Summit 2012 where we will lead the following sessions:

Build the Right Social Media Strategy for Your Ministry (ITI Full Day Intensive)

This session offers unprecedented access to social media experts that will help you determine how to craft a social media strategy for your organization. The session will include creating a one-page ministry strategic plan and learning from the best practices from 100+ ministries in the Excellence in Online Ministry research. After attending this session you will be able to: 1) Implement best practices to strengthen your ministry’s social media initiatives, 2) Craft an effective social media strategy for your target audience, and 3) Integrate innovative thinking into all the communications strategies for your ministry.

Drew Goodmanson, CEO, Monk Development; Brian Barela, Director of New Media, Campus Crusade for Christ; Chris Giovagnoni, Social Media Manager, Compassion International; and Justin Wise, Social Media Director, Monk Development<

CIO & IT Roundtable: Today’s Top Technology Topics!

You won’t want to miss this groundbreaking CIO & IT Roundtable community building session. During this session you will hear from innovative Internet and Technology experts, ministry Chief Information Officers, and other ministry leaders who will discuss today’s most critical online and tech ministry topics. This session provides ministry IT leaders a place to network with peers, learn about new technologies, find out about new solutions, and get advice from others. After completing this course you will be able to: 1) Discern the most pressing Internet and technology issues facing your ministry, 2) Draw upon the expertise of a network of outstanding ministry CIO’s, and 3) Develop strategies that put your ministry ahead of the exponential technological change curve.

Moderators: Jim Finwick, CIO, Compassion International and Drew Goodmanson, CEO, Monk Development

Your Ministry Needs Web and Mobile apps

Web and Mobile apps are your biggest cheerleaders in a world that is moving online in unprecedented numbers. This talk will cover the process of developing, building or buying your way into the online population with the best quality apps. When you leave this talk, you’ll know where and how to start your Web and Mobile app strategy. Topics will cover: “What is a Web app?”, “Do I build or buy?”, “Where do I find qualified people?”, “If I have a Web app, do I need a mobile app?” After attending this session you will be able to: 1) Decide whether it is better to build or buy a Web app, 2) Recognize where to find great developers, and 3) Understand how a Web and mobile app works.

Etienne de Bruin, CTO, Monk Development

Build the Right Ministry Web Strategy

How do you identify and execute Web strategies that are appropriate for your ministry? As a leader learn how to rally your team and Web engagement around a clear vision. Gain insights on building an online strategy for your ministry that you can execute and experience positive results to impact your ministry. Hear from other organizations successes and the challenges they faced in building a Web strategy. After completing this course you will be able to: 1) Build an effective and an appropriate online ministry plan, 2) Lead your team through building a Web strategy, and 3) Better steward your resources online.

Drew Goodmanson, CEO, Monk Development

How to Stop Wasting Your Time with Social Media

Go beyond what people are doing to what is driving real ministry impact for churches and ministries in their use of Facebook, Twitter and other social Web tactics and strategies. You will be presented with a follow-up research project to last year’s Excellence in Online Ministry research gathered from over 100 ministries. This year the research focuses specifically on ministry effectiveness in social media. After attending this session you will be able to: 1) Effectively engage your community online in practical, real-world ways, 2) Create a social media content calendar, and 3) Build a lasting and effective online community.

Justin Wise, Social Media Director, Monk Development

Biola Digital Ministry Conference

I wanted to take a moment to encourage you to come to the Biola Digital Ministry Conference (formerly the Christian Web Conference) this year.  The conference will be held on the campus of Biola University from Tuesday, June 5 until Thursday, June 7.   The goal in crafting the direction of this conference this year has been to make it unlike any other conference of its kind.  Biola wanted to retain the heritage of the original GodBlogCon by having speakers and sessions that focused on the theological and philosophical aspects of using digital tools. At the same time, we wanted to broaden the scope of the conference by including more practical and technical topics.  Finally, we wanted to make the conference a place where those involved in digital ministry could be refreshed, find new ideas, and meet new people. I believe we have accomplished these goals.

So, why should you come to the Biola Digital Ministry Conference?

  1. You will receive practical solutions to your digital ministry problems. We will be holding several sessions from experts who are doing digital ministry and will provide you with the ideas and tools you need to improve your ministry.
  2. We are committed to helping you use digital technologies. We are creating a technology “track” which will focus on the nuts and bolts of technologies. We will also be giving you insights into innovative applications that you can use in your ministry in our “app showcase” breakout sessions.
  3. You will get to see new ministry technologies developed right before your eyes. The Digital Ministry “hack-a-thon” will be held in conjunction with the conference. At this event, developer teams will create new ministry applications over a 48-hour period and present them to the conference attendees on the final morning.
  4. We will provide a good return on investment. We have worked hard this year to keep the cost of the conference down by providing an inexpensive housing solution. You can now stay on campus here at Biola for as little as $38/night, which includes all of your meals! If you take advantage of our early bird registration, this means you can attend the conference for as little as $245, including your housing and food.
  5. There will be a conference lounge. Free coffee, cookies, and a place to connect with other conference attendees. Isn’t that why you go to conferences?

These are just some of the reasons to attend this year’s conference. Stay tuned to the conference blog and follow Biola Digital on Twitter to get updates about the conference as more details are added.

As we continue to plan this conference, our prayer for your ministry is that you will be blessed by this conference, whether or not you choose to come. I hope to see you here at Biola University this June!

You can register for the conference by going to the registration page. 

MonkDev Job Opening: Sales / Account Executive

Monk Development, Inc. – San Diego (Greater San Diego Area) – MonkDev is an industry leading, innovative web development and software as a service company based in San Diego, CA. MonkDev is one of the largest web developers and fastest growing private companies in San Diego. MonkDev provides web solutions across all industries but are thought leaders in the non-profit space, where thousands of churches, ministries and other non-profits use our services.

Sales / Account Executive, Want to join a World Class Team?
Job Description: We are looking for a Sales Superstar to join our extraordinary team. The Sales position is a role that will be focused on generating new business and developing existing client relationships. Sales Specialists will set-up client appointments, make customer calls, work with engineering to complete proposals, and ultimately close business.

Specific Responsibilities:
– Develop strong relationships with partners, clients, and affiliates
– Articulate a comprehensive understanding of MonkDev’s products and services and their relationship to a client’s critical business issues
– Execute regular fast paced communications with prospects, customers, and partners
– Deliver and execute web-based demonstrations and in-person sales calls as appropriate.
– Prepare quotations, proposals, and presentations
– Develop and maintain a pipeline of 3x quota of new business opportunity
– Provide feedback and recommendations to marketing and product management based on direct experiences with customers and prospects for product improvements
– Provide accurate and timely reports and sales forecasts

Interested? Visit MonkDev for more information:

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