Not long after I got back from Creative Missions, everyone that was on the trip received an email inviting us to write for a website called Church Marketing Sucks, which is affiliated with Creative Missions through its parent organization, the Center for Church Communications. I have followed this blog on and off for years, and it is how I first heard about Creative Missions this year. I’m happy to have the opportunity to contribute some of my experience to this blog and hopefully provide useful resources to church communicators. My first post was published yesterday: How to Choose the Right Web Hosting for Your Church. If you’re into web development or church communications, check it out.
I picked an interesting week to start a blog. The week started with talk of banning the Confederate battle flag and ended with the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states. In the middle there, they also ruled on Obamacare in favor of the President and his signature healthcare law. So many controversial topics to discuss in one short week! Quick, to Facebook!
Every time the controversy du jour (that means “controversy of the day” for those who haven’t seen Dumb n Dumber) happens, I can always count on certain people (conservative and liberal) to have something to say about it. Sometimes they have interesting things to say that add to the public discourse about controversial topics, but most of the time they’re just shouting in a noise factory. I used to be that guy. Admittedly, sometimes I still am.
I was scanning Twitter at the beginning of the year, and I came across a tweet about something called Creative Missions. I went to the website and discovered that Creative Missions is an organization that takes a group of 30 creative professionals on an annual mission trip to help under-resourced churches create “sustainable solutions that engage their communities with the gospel.” This year was the 5th year for Creative Missions, and the chosen city for this year’s trip was Boise, ID.
I’ve been building websites with Joomla (and its predecessor, Mambo) since 2003. I wrote a book about Joomla in 2008 (published in 2009) and have made a living specializing in Joomla development since 2008. So, why on earth am I blogging at WordPress.com? I think it’s a good question worth exploring.
How’s that for an epic first post title? It’s way better than “First post” or “Hello world.” It’s actually the slogan of The University of Texas, but I thought it was a fitting first post title. Anyway, I’m restarting the old blog. Let’s see if I can keep it going this time.