South Pacific: 900 Churches Get Web Sites
in Internet Outreach Effort
More than 900 new Web sites belonging to Seventh-day Adventist churches, schools, conferences, and various ministries in the South Pacific Division (SPD) were due to be launched on July 21, 2007.
The new Web sites are interconnected through common software, making the SPD the first division in the world to develop fully functional interactive Web sites that will link its entities throughout the region. The Web sites, including hosting requirements, have been given to entities for free for 12 months. The South Pacific Web Network project is an initiative of the Adventist Media Network, the media and communication arm of the SPD.
“We have been working on this Web network project since late last year, ensuring that the Web site is as easy to manage as possible,” says Jeanelle Isaacs, electronic media officer of the Adventist Media Network. “Web sites were ready to use when entities received them, and all that was needed was for them to make some customisations to localise the content.”
Churches with Web sites on the AMN network can easily put photos and sermon recordings online and have access to a variety of resources such as online Bible study courses and an events calendar. The Web sites can also be updated automatically with news from other churches, conferences, the South Pacific region, and even the world church and other Adventist entities.
According to Ms. Isaacs, the software used on the Web network means anybody with basic computer knowledge can make simple updates such as adding events or news. Members, especially ministry leaders, can be authorized to input content into their Web site. Web sites can also be customized so that the public and church members will see different information on the same page.
The South Pacific Web Network project is using netAdventist software, developed by TAGnet (Three Angels Global Networking), an organization operated by a group of Seventh-day Adventists, based in Fallbrook, California, U.S.A. Churches in several regions of the Adventist Church in North America also use netAdventist.
—Melody Tan/South Pacific Division/AW Staff.