Whoops! Open Church Delayed but Coming Soon

Open Church’s launch has moved to March 1, 2012 for the ministry ideas section and likely April 2012 for the free resources.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Developing the site wasn’t as easy as our developer expected. After previous delays, we pruned off features to make a mid-January launch possible, but those pruned benchmarks were not hit either. Unfortunately, what is left is unstable and missing most of what we hoped for. It is clear we need to go a different route. The developer has moved on.

I apologize for this.

Any payment the developer received was underwritten by my company or came from my personal donations to Open Church. In other words, no one’s money was spent other than my own.

WHAT IS NEXT?

We are going to leverage customized high-end WordPress platforms to serve as Open Church’s phase 1 backbone. While this sacrifices some of our original vision for the site, it is more stable and cost-effective than trying to salvage what we currently have.

We need to launch something. Once we have a stable platform, we can better build and implement volunteer teams as well as better gather content and free resources for Open Church.

We will go ahead and create the wireframes and roadmap for phase 2 of Open Church, so that a more suitable platform for our vision can be built whenever the funding is available.

HOW DO I FEEL?

2011 was a year of challenges, providence, humility, and faith building.

God showed up in big ways for the areas we expected to be challenging if not impossible. Open Church received more enthusiasm than expected and more volunteers and interested resource contributors than we could initially manage.

At the same time, we were overconfident and then humbled in the areas of fundraising and web development. Those challenges forced us to think creatively, more efficiently, and with agility. However, the greatest gain was those challenges were crucial in growing our faith, increasing our prayer, and learning to give God credit in all things.

Twice we needed specific funds to continue, and twice God provided the funds through side projects within days of our deadline.

God is good. He gets the credit.