Church Friendly Web 2.0

May 2, 2006 by

Part 7 in a continuing series on What Web 2.0 Means for Your Church

Much of our discussion of web 2.0 sites has focused on mainstream sites intended for a mainstream audience and how those general use sites could be used by churches. But there’s also a growing collection of Christian web 2.0 sites with obvious applications for churches.

We’ll take a quick look at three of them, though there are plenty more out there. CMS Guest Blogger Tim Bednar has a semi-difinitive list of church web 2.0 projects going.

More in line with a 37signals web-based software project, CrossConnector allows ministries and churches to track projects and activities online. You can post messages, communicate with your team, track events and more. The basic version is free but you can only track one project. The subscription plans run from $3-24 per month.

I set up a quick and unofficial page for my church to see how it worked. It’s an interesting mix of project organizer and a public blog or web site. It would be especially useful for long distance projects like missions trips or churches that need to get lay people communicating about activities and projects.

If you’ve ever complained about the smut and garbage that can happen on community-driven sites like MySpace, then People2Pray is the answer to what good is all this online community. It’s a place to post and share prayer requests. Of course there’s nothing to stop smut and garbage from appearing here either, except maybe the tendencies of the audience.

People2Pray lets you post requests, share them with friends, let others know you’re praying and more. The obvious application for churches is to set up a community for your church and encourage the swapping of requests. The only downside is that you have to register to dive in and check it out. No window shopping.

People2Pray is a goodwill project with no ads and no fees, though they do accept donations.
Basically it’s a Bible search engine, much like the famed Bible Gateway, though eBible has great little features like an in-text commentary, a Bible answers section and the ability to view translations side by side. They’re still doing testing so you’ll need to sign up for an invitation. Once you get in it’s a pretty slick system, though you can tell they’re still adding features (they only have five translations). They’re also supported by advertising which is pretty unobtrusive, but a little bizarre at first.

Of course eBible doesn’t have immediate communication applications for churches–it’s simply a tool you can use to study the Bible.

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11 Responses to “Church Friendly Web 2.0”

  • Ryan Heneise
    May 2, 2006

    Thanks for mentioning CrossConnector! We’ve had a wonderful response so far, and some really neat organizations are using CrossConnector to organize their missions.
    Oh, and both People2Pray and eBible are awesome apps – go check them out!

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  • Jimw
    May 10, 2006

    Hello, Can I have a invite to eBible please? Thanks.

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  • Daniel
    May 10, 2006

    Can I have a invite to eBible please? Thanks. Daniel

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  • don
    May 10, 2006

    May I have a invite to eBible? Thanks, Don

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  • Yannick
    May 14, 2006

    Those are all great applications. You can also check out

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  • Tim
    September 6, 2006

    I’d like an eBible invite, too, if there are any left.

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  • Andy Rowell
    September 6, 2006

    My list of great Bible study tools on the web is at The Best Bible Study Tools on the Web
    Your readers should know that is better than ever. They now have the TNIV (2005), ESV (2001), NLT (2004), NASB (1995), HCSB (2003), The Message (2002), CEV (1995), and the NIrV (1998). You can look up five versions of a passage at a time and view them side by side.

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  • Kevin
    September 7, 2006

    Hey Tim, and anyone else wanting invites–looks like is no longer in beta and anyone can sign up. No invites required.

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  • Toby James
    March 7, 2007

    Hey, nice list, and the folks over at 9rules have a few more. Check out these additions:

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  • Max Powers
    May 13, 2013 is an online Holy Bible search engine with many ways to view (or compare), listen (MP3) or search by verses/chapters/books.

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