Tony Whittaker is talking now on Internet Evangelism Day which started in 2005. I remember it, actually. I think I was involved. Tony is talking about misunderstandings about the web and confusion with old media methods. GOOD! No one has really said this well at the conference until now and its necessary to talk about it. A website is not a tract. He also mentioned the Gray Matrix and tackled the 99% problem – that 99% of Christian media is written for Christians. Hhhhhhhmmmmmmm . . ..
I arrived a little late this morning at the GCIA because I had to talk to my wife. My family leave today for Freakstock Festival in Gotha, Germany. I will stay behind for my meetings here in Berlin.
Back at the conference: Eric has an amazing web portal in France called TopChretien. He has been talking this morning about how the site was developed, how partners were added, business models etc. Many people click on the site to register their interest in following Jesus and I think he is using Google earth to locate them near a church. Something like that. Its also good to see healthy approaches to business and income generation which will help these portals become self-sustaining and help other countries get going.
Thanks to Zondervan for their email newsletter yesterday that not only promoted an e-book that is not theirs (Wikiklesia) but also pointed their readers to this blog to read about the Global Christian Internet Alliance. For those just tuning in, you may want to start at Day One. Blogging From the GCIA: Day One, Day Two, Day Three
Dave Hackett talking about some really cool stuff.
Oh yeah. Last night we went out to Lukas Gemeinde and my friend Axiel gave us the skinny on Berlin. We prayed for the city and had a good time of worship. Heres a picture of us last night. Keith Stonehocker, in the foreground, is one of the main culprits behind pulling this conference together. He My wife had a great chat with Keith’s wife Carolyn last night and really likes her.
This and other photos by Rolf are here.
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TopChretien.com is a fantastic site with a huge breadth and depth of resources for individual Christians, churches, leaders, and more importantly (and unusually) lots of info and resources aimed at non Christians. It particularly stands out in a land which is, relative to the English-speaking world, starved of Christian resources. They recently (in the last 24 months) launched an online store in an attempt to help finances. Unfortunately I believe their finances are still strained and they’ve had to cut back on some areas. Let’s pray for greater impact and capacity, and for more sister ministries to spring up.
Rob (Normandy, France)