Churches with Insight: Fitzroy Presbyterian Church
Fitzroy Presbyterian Church in Northern Ireland wanted a website that could be evangelistic at the same time as supporting their members. Kerry Nicholson told us they have been impressed by the impact that ChurchInsight has had on their community.
"ChurchInsight is so much more than a website." Kerry Nicholson.
We are a church of about 350 people based in South Belfast, Northern Ireland. We are an evangelical and reformed denomination.
Our church were keen to have an up-to-date presence as an evangelistic tool and as a way of supporting our membership. We used to have a one-page website that we forgot to update all the time.
One of our elders heard about ChurchInsight and commissioned Endis to create our website. I was brought in when the initial website was about to go live to be the administrator. I subsequently came to Cambridge to do the 2-day training course on how to manage the website.
First impression of ChurchInsight? VERY impressed. It is SO much MORE than a website with the database of contact details, groups, queries, audio and video, etc. I don't think we are using a tenth of what is possible on our website.
Being able to upload our weekly sermon is great. This seems to be the most popular part of the site at the moment.
ChurchInsight is bringing our members closer together in that it is offering a vehicle/forum for discussion that we didn't have before. We now have a presence on the web which we didn't have before enabling us to make contact with others.
Before we relied on our announcement sheet. Now we have a greener alternative. Communication has improved in that we can check what is happening over the coming weeks through the calendar. Members of groups now get email reminders when they are about to be required for a duty. Previously some forgot.
The website is also a support for the church secretary in that people can check the website rather than ringing her all the time!
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Adam Johannes, 08/02/2012