Meditations (Web)Church

A year (and a bit) in the life of NewSpring's first Web pastor

Where’s the one-stop web site for Christian learning and living?

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I’ve been spending a lot of time surfing the web recently for Christian web resources to help me understand how we can better help people learn about and live their faith.

There’s a lot out there — and very few aggregated sources of information. It was all-over-the-map, both in the quality of the content and how the sites fit together in the ecology of Christian life. (I’ll be publishing lists of my favorite sites I’ve discovered in several areas over my next several posts.)

One bright spot: If you’re interested in hearing great sermons, they are practically a commodity, especially with the power of the iTunes store to make them easy to find. And sermons are at the core of many other great sites offering Christian teaching in one form or another on the web.

But other types of accessible, quality information for help with Christian living, especially for new or immature believers, isn’t so plentiful.

Want to evangelize your faith? There are a handful of evangelistic sites focused around spiritual laws, but no one-stop, comprehensive, easy-to-search, easy-to-understand, easy-to-share repository of quick answers or references to answer one of your friends questions about why bad things happen to good people or why I should believe that the Bible is true.

Want to go deeper in your faith? Some churches offer one-page basics about Jesus, the Bible and church, and there are a handful of classroom-style web sites to teach you Bible knowledge or Christian theology or Christian history. But where is the site with digestible lists and capsules of top lessons, top verses, top people, top promises in the Bible. Or the interactive quizzes or more game-style learning resources that make learning more relevant, pleasurable?

Want to live out your faith? But there’s no one stop  easy-to-search, easy-to-understand, easy-to-share resource that will walk you through the spiritual basics and offer you some basic guidance about how to pray, how and what scripture to memorize, how and what to study in the Bible, how to help yourself think through decisions from a Biblical perspective or answer questions you have or counsel folks dealing with basic life issues?

Want to connect in community? Where’s the Hulu of free small group book study and Bible study outlines? Where’s the web-based services that can help partner with existing ministries or identify needs in your community and assemble a community service team to meet that need? Why isn’t their a news aggregator that keeps people up on the amazing things happening in the kingdom?

It’s always dangerous to make generalizations. I’m new to ministry. I know there’s a lot I don’t know. I’m hoping you will set me straight.

Links please!

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Written by NickCharalambous

January 12, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Posted in ruminations

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  1. great post, and great questions. i would definitely use sites like these and agree with you about the need.

    Michael

    January 16, 2009 at 6:43 am


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