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Redesigned SBC.net: New Look, Ease of Use

Frank Page unveils the new SBC.net

SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page unveils the newly designed SBC.net. Photo by Morris Abernathy.

Southern Baptists can now access important information and resources online more easily than ever.

SBC.net has a new design, updated features, and simpler navigation. The new look to the website provides an "easier way to find those dependable resources Baptists need and use most," said D. August Boto, executive vice president and general counsel of the SBC Executive Committee.

Executive Committee President Frank S. Page unveiled the redesigned website at the Executive Committee meeting on February 18.

SBC.net was designed to be "a portal for all things Southern Baptist," said Chris Chapman, director of information systems for the Executive Committee. "Visitors should be able to easily find information and links to most anything that has to do directly with the SBC, and that is the driving force behind this latest redesign. Our mission for SBC.net is 'One People, One Purpose, One Click.'"

ONE PEOPLE

The site includes a wealth of information about the history, character, and heart of Southern Baptists. Features include:

ONE PURPOSE

Frank Page unveils the new SBC.net

SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page unveils the newly designed SBC.net. Photo by Morris Abernathy.

"At SBC.net, both pastors and churchgoers will find all aspects of the Southern Baptist Convention information easily accessible," Chapman said. SBC.net is full of resources and tools to assist churches in their ministry, he said.

Two of the most frequently used features on the website are ChurchSearch and JobSearch. Both of these features have updated search tools and are easily accessible from the home page or navigational menu.

ChurchSearch is a directory of Southern Baptist churches in a flexible search format. Visitors to SBC.net can search for churches by city, zip code, church name, or proximity to their address.

ChurchSearch profiles are an easy way to boost a church's online presence and are available to all Southern Baptist churches at no cost. Churches can update their profiles with a welcome message, contact information, ministries and programs, staff names and positions, service times, and images to help potential churchgoers learn more about the church. The home page of SBC.net also displays a "Featured Church" profile to show off the wide variety of churches that cooperate with the Convention.

JobSearch provides a place where churches, associations, and state conventions can post ministry positions and job seekers can search for open positions.

Job postings are searchable by keyword or by state. The most recent postings are also listed by date on the home page of SBC.net.

Other sections of the website include a number of tools and resources.

Newly redesigned SBC.net

ONE CLICK

"From the moment you click on SBC.net, you will see and feel a difference," Chapman said. All the popular features of SBC.net have been redesigned and retooled for maximum speed and functionality. Each of those features is available within a few clicks in a clean, easy-to-navigate interface. The site design is also responsive and will scale to fit all screen sizes, including smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices, he said.

The previous version of SBC.net had been online since 2004, Chapman said. "Website design technology and the way the Internet is used have changed significantly. The Internet is no longer a novelty; it has become a necessary tool in life, an important resource for information, communication, and entertainment.

"We are excited about this new design, and we believe SBC.net will continue to be an excellent resource and inspiration to Southern Baptists for many years."

 


Rebecca Wolford is communications specialist for the SBC Executive Committee and is a member of Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood, Tennessee.

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March 2014 Edition
Volume 22, Issue 3
March 2014