Want to design apps and digital tools for ministry?

Code for the Kingdom’s first global hackathon is only one month away! On October 2-4, 2015, you can choose from 14 cities to be your basecamp for 48 hours of creating new technologies to impact God’s Kingdom. You can join me at the Seattle location or one of the following:

  • Canada – Waterloo, Ontario
  • England – London
  • Ethiopia – Addis Ababa
  • Guatemala – Guatemala City
  • India – Bengaluru
  • Indonesia – Jakarta
  • Kenya – Nairobi
  • United States – Albuquerque, NM
  • United States – Atlanta, GA
  • United States – Houston, TX
  • United States – Kansas City, MO
  • United States – Los Angeles, CA
  • United States – Raleigh, NC
  • United States – Seattle, WA

They’re anticipating it to be the largest gathering yet of Christians creating digital tools for God’s Kingdom. Potential project ideas include but aren’t limited to wearable technology for advancing the gospel, new tools for fostering accountability, apps for reaching those in the Islamic world, games that teach children Christian values, and technologies fostering a culture of generosity.

This is an event for developers, designers, strategists, and dreamers. If that’s you, then come join me and a couple thousand of your peers in creating tech with purpose.

More details at: codeforthekingdom.org

Clover is back with Clover Sites 3

After roughly 3 years of development, this week Clover has released the newest version of their website solution, Clover Sites 3. Clover originally launched their first solution in 2008, which quickly became the largest provider of church websites, and now serves over 10,000 ministries.

Clover Sites 3

Their newest release is a complete HTML5 redesign of their product, optimized and designed from the ground up. Here are some of their stand-out features:

Beautiful, Handcrafted Website Templates. You can choose from 5 different site designs (more options coming soon), and easily have a website comparable to the best church websites.

Responsive Mobile Sites. As well as having responsive templates, Clover Sites 3 offers specific mobile-perfect tools to ensure that your site will look great on any device.

Powerful Site Editor. The Greenhouse (Clover’s CMS) was given a total overhaul. Not only are you given the ability to choose from color palettes and font themes, but there is also the ability to change from Easy Mode to Advanced Mode, depending on your level of tech-savvy-ness.

Section-based Websites. As with most of the freshest, most modern sites on the web, Clover Sites 3 comes from the perspective of section-based content. This means that you have the ability to have as many sections on your website as you want, with different types of content – which is best for communicating a message, as well as mobile viewing.

If you’re in the market for a website for your church or ministry, be sure to check out Clover Sites 3. All sites cost $1000 plus $20/month, and as new features are added (which will be each month), you’ll immediately have them available on your site.

For more information, check out cloversites.com or see the video below.

Special thanks to Clover for supporting Church Relevance by sponsoring this video.

Join Open Church

It is an exciting year for Open Church!

I’d love for you to join us as we build a global library of free resources and a directory of key initiatives in God’s Kingdom. There are 17 roles that can be filled by volunteers, interns, or self-funded full-time team members. It’s a unique opportunity to be a part of the foundational stages of Open Church.

Visit openchurch.com/join to see all of the telecommuting opportunities or check out our top 7 needs below:

Scout – Market Researcher

Diplomat – Relationship Manager

  • develop relationships with initiatives
  • acquire resources & information
  • + see full details

Curator – Digital Archivist

Producer – Prepress Designer

Promoter – Marketing Strategist

  • architect & execute marketing campaigns
  • raise awareness for Open Church
  • + see full details

Promoter – PR Specialist

  • nurture relationships with media & influencers
  • spark conversations about Open Church
  • + see full details

Promoter – Donor Developer

  • architect & execute fundraising strategies
  • nurture relationships with donors & constituents
  • + see full details

I hope to see you working alongside us!