I have been working with Evangelist Dr. Timothy Holtsclaw to host new church plants for several years. Dr. Holtsclaw is the director of the BATA church planting ministry. Tim had an idea to create a website that would match KJV Churches looking for staff and staff looking for positions in KJV churches.
We talked it over and I decided it would be doable. I did some research and the best platform I could find was actually a dating platform. It took a lot of customizing to change information to match the Baptist Connections data set.
Dr. Holtsclaw settled on the domain name BaptistConnections.com, which I registered. I created a WordPress website, installed the dating plugin and after much tweaking Baptist Connections came on line last week.
In order to see the listings, one must register. We are open to suggestions. The website is still in its early stages of development. Lord willing Baptist Connections will help facilitate the matching up of preachers looking for churches and churches looking for staff.
While maintenance and upkeep will be labor intensive, hopefully this will fill a need in the IFB community!
I had the pleasure of presenting our ministry work at Lavon Drive Baptist Church (our home church) in Garland Texas this morning.
The Crusaders class needed a fill in for Sunday School this morning at Lavon Drive Baptist Church, so I agreed to fill in.
As usual, nothing went right. I got there early and worked for 50 minutes trying to get Power Point to start up. After numerous reboots and attempts, I was unable to get it going. Fortunately, I had a hard copy of the outline. I was able to give a decent presentation. Most of the class had not known a lot about our ministry, and it was a blessing to be able to share and answer questions.
While I was updating the Baptist Ministries Database, (baptist-ministries.org) I found a Bible Tract on a missionary's website called "God's Bridge to Eternal Life."
The God's Bridge tract was great, and was available in many languages, so I contacted the owners of the tract (Majestic Media) and requested permission to publish the tract on our ministry. I was not sure where to publish the tracts (I have tracts in many different places). I finally decided on a new website. I registered the domain (gods-bridge.com)
I currently have tracts up in English, Spanish and Chinese and I have been looking for a way to expand to other languages, and this was perfect!
I installed the God's Bridge tract in English, Spanish and French yesterday. Nancy Shields (of Toolkit Ministries) saw it and asked me to put up the Children's version of the tract (which I did today). I also saw that the website (gods-bridge.com) was taking hits from China already, so I installed the Chinese God's Bridge to Eternal Life tract today. I will be adding more languages as I get time. I am excited about this. Please pray that God uses this new website as I continue to publish the Gospel to all nations (Mark 13:10)!
Maureen and I are planning to make our monthly pilgrimage to Calvary Baptist Church in Mesquite Texas (one of our supporting churches) this morning. We go there to get pictures and information to update their website (cbcmesquite,com). I am currently maintaining their website for them. We also enjoy the fellowship. Calvary has become a second home to us in the Dallas area.