ICOC Communication & Admin Infrastructure
The 5th anniversary of DisciplesToday.org is June 6. God has worked powerfully to help us build the basic infrastructure of communication among our churches. This includes:
DToday.org: The ICOC portal: One stop shop to find any site and info about the ICOC as well as good news.
DTSpace.net: Social network — Facebook for the ICOC
dtbookstore.com: Books, tapes, videos by disciples
DTodayInfo.net: Contact info and hundreds of websites from our churches.
ICOC Hot News: Good News and great videos from around the world.
hereamisendme.net: Campus Ministry and ICMC
liveit2giveit.org: Youth & Family Ministry and ICYFM
ICOCSinglesToday.com: Singles Ministry and ISC
ICOCConference.org: Intl Leadership Conference
ICOCco-op.org: ICOC Co-op Churches; leadership resources.
ChurchNotes: Communication base for hundreds of leaders
Here is an update on some of the 2009 projects:
1) ICOC Central Database: www.DTodayInfo.net. Click “Update Your Church”
- Brand new tool to gather annual church survey: click on the Update Your Church button at www.DTodayinfo.net and try it out.
- Built by Sebastian George and his team of volunteers.
- New Volunteer Editor: Karen St. Pierre, disciple from Roanoke, Virginia
- Goal: finish 2009 Survey by August 15
- Analysis: Prayerfully K. Hahn will once again do his magic and provide an Analysis we can distribute at the 2009 Delegates Meeting in Denver Sept. 1
- We are also building this site to be the central database for all attendees to international conferences, etc. so we will have a rich database of leadership for our churches.
- Please take the Update for a Test Drive and send us your thoughts.
2) Search Engine Optimization
- Justin Renton (Johannesburg) and Masha Lyashenko (Kiev) are creating a document to spread to all the webmasters in the ICOC Church Database
- Instructions on how to optimize each churches appearance on Search Engines such as Google and Yahoo.
- Goal: our churches and websites to be the first thing that people see for many pages on any search for ICOC, International Church of Christ, etc.
- Women editors and news from around the world
4) DT Heart & Soul: www.DTHeartandSoul.com, Summer 2009
- Donors gave us funds to build a site for single ICOC disciples serious about finding a soulmate in a safe, pure, fun environment with relationship coaching.
- Rolls out in the US this summer one region at a time.
- Open to all North America by Fall 2009.
- Prayerfully begin adding other regions of the world in 2010
5) Internet Broadcast: DToday.tv, Summer 2009
- Live Webcast of International Events
- Begin with ICMC and ILC this summer
- On Demand video with 24/7 high quality videos available
- Live broadcast capabilities for scheduled shows and emergency announcements.
6) Leadership Communication www.ICOCco-op.org
- Communicating the activity of the ICOC Service Teams
- Coordinating, Verifying and Communicating with the Delegates of the Cooperation churches.
- Connecting leaders around the world
- Liaison with HOPE worldwide who is working closer than ever with our churches.
Thanks for all your support and encouragement. We must thank:
- The scores of volunteers who make all this possible. Especially Chris Walquist (Chicago), Sebastian George (Dallas), Edy Budiman (Jakarta) and Jonathan Hoggard (Dubai).
- ICOC Hot News; Justin Renton and Mike Taliaferro
- Steve Staten and the KNN Board
- The disciples and churches who donate to make these things possible.
- Please try out the Update Your Church feature on www.DTodayInfo.net and let us know how we can improve it.
- Contact the person you would like to help with any of these projects.
- Send us your ideas for improving our service and planning for the future.
Grace and Truth,