Who are you?
I’m a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of 3 great kids Ainsley (9), Aidyn (7), and Aryn (3).
In 1996, my brother Mark and I started OurChurch.com, which now provides web design, hosting, search marketing, and advertising services to more than 14,000 Christian churches, schools, ministries, and businesses. I’m also the primary author of the Christian Web Trends blog where we discuss how to use the Internet to be more effective in ministry and business.
What makes you a Digital Disciple?
Sharing the gospel and living in Christian community are at their core about relationships, and relationships are at their core about communication. The Internet has opened up huge new opportunities to connect and communicate with people. So, personally I use websites, blogs, and social media to build relationships, encourage others, and share ideas. And through OurChurch.com I help other Christian organization leverage the Internet to reach their goals and dreams.
What website or technology has impacted you most?
I’d say the combination of blogging and Twitter. Twitter has enabled me to connect with thousands of people all over the world. But it’s on blogs – both my own and others’ blogs I visit regularly – where those connections have grown into relationships and where dozens of people have shared and shaped ideas. Facilitating group blog projects like 20 Ways to Share Your Faith Online, 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, and our current discussion of Kem Meyer’s book Less Clutter, Less Noise are where I feel like I’ve had the most impact.
How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
I can’t even begin to describe how much hope and encouragement it’s given me to be able to connect with so many people all over world who are doing so many awesome, creative things being done in the name of Jesus. I get such a sense of unity and a sense of God’s kingdom advancing, that I want to devote more and more of my time and energy to being a part of what God is doing here on earth.