Over the last four years, Stonebriar Community Church has blessed me with the chance to learn web design, agile project management, application development, and most importantly what the inside of a church is really like. I was given opportunity within Web Ministry when there was barely such a thing. For that I am very grateful and am forever changed.
But as I mentioned on my personal blog five days ago, I am returning to my roots in IT Management and going to work for a large church in West Palm Beach, Florida named Christ Fellowship. The role (not the title) will be CIO, with a focus on not just day to day management, but partnering with senior leadership on creating a technology plan that matches their vision for additional multi-campus growth in a region with over 1M lost souls. Palm Beach County, here I come. Christ Fellowship also has dreams of doing their own version of an Internet campus and allowing people to connect online. First up is to put a team together to redo their website in short order while we plan for a bigger web project.
I need to share at least three things that hooked me into believing this is a church who is ready to leverage Church IT.
- During the interview process I met with the core leadership team, the directional leadership team members (five), the Executive Pastor, and the Head Pastor. This told me the role and technology itself is a priority for them.
- When I met with the 60+ year old Head Pastor for an hour with my wife, he said:
“We have 1,600 people watching our service online every weekend. That is a mega-church right there. We need an internet campus now!”
- The leaders said they not only need change, but they require change from their staff. This was backed up by the fact they have leadership expert John Maxwell on staff as a teacher and ministry partner. Who isn’t changed by that guys stuff?
I could not be more humbled or more thrilled to be called to this exciting church and one amazing opportunity to do what God has crafted me to do. You can read more on my personal blog about what this means for my family. I am not yet sure what it means for this blog or my freelance business. This site may be going away as I focus in on my new role managing 8 people and playing with some really advanced technology I have not had my hands on in a few years now. In any case, I will be blogging somewhere about what I am doing and we’ll point you there as soon as I know. If you have any ideas, feel free to comment or skype me at verticalcashew. I know I am interested in being involved more with the Church IT RoundTable.