WeTheChurch.org is back up

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In case you hadn’t noticed, WeTheChurch.org has been down for a while now. We had to change servers and there was a problem in the transfer that disabled our security measures. Not wanting to leave it up unsecured, I pulled it down. Then life happened and my schedule prevented me from really spending any time on it.

But, thanks to the efforts of Scott and Kyle it’s back up and running. Spread the word and submit your prayers and praises at the site.

WeTheChurch.org 1,000th request

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I haven’t had a lot of time to talk about WeTheChurch lately but I thought I would give you a quick update. Checking tonight I found out we’ve had exactly 1,000 prayer requests/praise reports submitted. It’s been an interesting time watching everything as it rolls in. People are genuinely in need of Christ and it’s never more apparent than watching the prayers of others.

I hope you’ve enjoyed it so for. Why not post a link to WeTheChurch today and let your readers know about it? You can grab the widgets here.

You can also follow WeTheChurch on Twitter here.

WeTheChurch.org is live…again

And we’re back. We’ve added a new layer of security to WeTheChurch.org.

It’s a good news, bad news kind of thing. The good news is we’ve added security that should prevent any abuse of the site. The bad news is we now have to moderate every post that comes in. It will create a slight delay between when you post and when it shows up on the site. That’s not how we wanted it, but that’s how it has to be. Turns out there are idiots on the internet. Who knew?

We appreciate everyone who has helped promote the site and hope you will help us continue to spread the word.

WtC.org is down for now

WeTheChurch.org is live again. New security in place. Enjoy.

WeTheChurch.org is temporarily down while we figure out how to improve the security of the site.

I personally apologize if anyone was offended by the defacement of the site over night.

Pray for whoever did it. Pray that Jesus would change lives.

Help promote WeTheChurch.org

WeTheChurch.org had a great first day. We had a lot more people than I expected show up and had some serious prayer requests come in.

But now the hard part…

We need all the help we can get from the blogosphere to help create a community around WeTheChurch.org. We need you to blog it, podcast it, Twitter it and generally talk about it any way you can. When you do, please let me know or link back to this post so I can keep track of everything happening.

If you have any questions or need any information, please let me know by commenting or e-mailing me at chad[at]buildanimage.net.

If you’d like to put a link with an image in the sidebar of your site or a post, you can grab the code below. It’ll generate a nice little widget like you see directly to the right of this post.

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WeTheChurch.org is live

WeTheChurch.org has now officially launched.

What? WeTheChurch.org is a very simple site designed to bring ministries together in prayer. If you need prayer for something, type it in. Have a praise about something that happened. Type it in. While you’re there, pray for a few on the prayer list. It’s that simple.

Why? I was inspired by the community of ministry-type folk that have connected on Twitter. I quickly learned that I could throw out something I needed prayer for and a lot of people would pray for it. WeTheChurch.org is an effort to take that same dynamic and spread it across the ministry world. The site is entirely about the power of praying for each other. There’s not even a place to register or put in your name. It’s about the need more than the person or church. It’s about people fervently praying for the needs of others.

How? It’s easy to interact with WeTheChurch.org. Just type in your prayer or praise and press “Send It.” We also have an RSS feed set up if you’d like to receive all the updates in the reader of your choice. If you are a Twitter user, you can also follow the updates at the WeTheChurch Twitter page. You’ll notice the prayers and praises are limited to 140 characters so it plays quite well with Twitter.

And that’s about it. I’m really not quite sure what to expect. I’ve been praying it turns into a tool for God to use. It’s an idea that has come together very quickly. It would not have happened without Scott, who handled all the technical aspects because, as it turns out, I’m an idiot with that stuff. We’ve got a few ideas for some features we’d like to add in the future but I’d also like tons of feedback from you guys. Please let us know what you’d like to see from WeTheChurch.org.

Please let us know if you write about the site or would like any further information.

Magenta Squirrel update

I’ve officially completed the design for Magenta Squirrel and sent it off to the code monkeys to work their magic. I’ve set up a Twitter page for it. The site even has a teaser on it (at least it should soon). But I’m not telling where it is yet.

I’m going to send an early look at it to a small group of people next week. Leave a comment if you’d like to find out what it is early and help spread the word on your site. And thanks to Clayton Bell for the MS image above.

Side note: By spreading the word you won’t in any way be lining my pockets. This is a not-for-profit venture to help the ministry world.

Magenta Squirrel is a go

I’ve been praying about an idea for a new site for a couple of weeks. As with most things the initial idea gets me excited, then it kicks around in my head for a while as I mull through all the options and possibilities.

With the help of Scott, I think one of those ideas is about to come to life. It’s code name is Magenta Squirrel (thanks to Clayton Bell for that one). The reality of it is the site will contain neither magenta, nor squirrels, but I still think it has the potential to impact the online ministry community.

It should be up relatively soon (as in a few weeks, not months). I’ll start promoting here on the blog very quickly to get the word out. Like all things I do, it’ll either be very cool or do the online version of a face plant.

Please pray for it’s potential impact, though. I really feel like God could use it.