We recently interviewed Justin Davis, the Student Pastor and the Pastor's assistant at The Pentecostals of Pasadena about their new church website - www.thepopchurch.org.
Here are some of the highlights from the interview:
SnapShot Web: Tell us a little about The Pentecostals of Pasadena.
Justin Davis: Our church has been in Pasadena for 58 years. In September 2008 our church was severely damaged during hurricane Ike, and we were displaced for 2 ½ years. Several months ago we finally made it back home to our church building. Everything is new and improved, and we felt like our website needed to be new and improved as well.
SSW: We've seen the new site. It looks awesome. How much time do you spend working on your website each week? What changes do you make regularly?
JD: Time spent updating the site every week is a minimum, maybe 3 hours. And that includes updating our podcast with our latest services on Monday and Thursday. I also make any changes to the calendar that are needed.
SSW: What kind of feedback have you received from people in your church or community?
JD: Feedback from our church was been great. The Sermon Archive is particularly popular, especially during a sermon series where you want to catch every message. They also love having the church calendar online. We pass out year long calendars at the beginning of the year. But, as always happens dates/times get changed, new events are planned. With the online calendar it is being updated weekly and everyone is aware of upcoming events.
SSW: Now that you have worked with the SnapShot Tools a bit, If you could share one or two tips or tricks with others who are new to the SnapShot Web world, what would they be?
JD: Two words: Recurring Events. The initial setup of the calendar was time consuming, but every month got easier, due to the recurring events already being populated. Also, I spent quite a bit of time reviewing the tutorials that are available.
SSW: Has this been a solo endeaver of have you gotten others involved in the website (either through editing the site or interacting in some other way)?
JD: We have a graphic artist in the church who supplied the slides for our home page slide show. She keeps them updated with our upcoming events.
SSW: Anything else you'd like to say?
JD: I am extremely impressed with Snapshot Web, the product and the people. Because they specialize in church websites, they had a module created for everything we wanted. And most of it came pre-loaded on the site, we just had to edit it. I have made several calls to them and they spent time to walk me through different questions I had, and made some changes to the site for me. This is their business, but it seems they are approaching it with the heart of ministry.
SSW: What do we owe you for that last statment and where can we send the check. Just Kidding. Thanks for the kind words.