Check out my interview with Pastor Tracy Devolt from the Lighthouse Worship Center in Aurora, IL.
1. Can you give me some background about the church and how long you have been there?
We launched the ministry in August 2009, and we have been having weekly services since October 2009. Lighthouse Worship Center is a brand new ministry and doesn’t have a lot of background, but I’ve been in the ministry for more than 20 years. I started at Rhema Bible College in Tulsa, OK, many years ago. The Lord put it in my heart to plant this church about seven years ago, and it’s taken several years to make it happen, but we are now up and running with about 30 members.
2. How are you using your website to increase member involvement?
One of the things that has really been a blessing to me personally is that our members are able to use the site to minister to their friends and to invite people to visit. My members and I are so proud to be able to say, “Just check out our website, and you can learn all about us!” Even though we’re young and new, the website has given us a sense of ownership and has helped us to feel established. It gives members and visitors alike the chance to see all of the wonderful things we have going on and find out how to get involved.
3. How has the use of technology changed the way you do church?
The website is extremely helpful from the perspective of getting people involved. When events are posted on our site, it portrays to people that our events aren’t limited to our members but that we want everyone out there to be a part of what we’re doing. Back in January, we used the site as a central point of communication to offer information and updates regarding our fast. Those interested in participating were able to go right to the site and pull up all the information they needed rather than calling the church office frequently. The fast felt effortless on my part and took very little teaching because everything they needed was right there. I find that the website is helping me to instruct, to teach, and to cast the vision.
4. How has the use of technology helped your ministry change lives?
What I know we do well at Lighthouse is that we are encouragers. The feedback that I receive from people is that they are so encouraged by things that we post. We have a page on our site called Real Experiences, and we use it to post testimonials of people who have been impacted by our ministry. I love that page because it’s key to letting us know that we are changing lives.
What I also love about the website is that it reaches lives all the way around the world. It goes beyond our four walls (and with a very limited budget!). I love the fact that it can expand with our ministry as we grow and that it brings so much positive attention to our ministry and to our community. I’ve had numerous compliments on the beauty of our site as well as how easy it is to use. We look like a million dollars, and that makes me smile every time I visit www.lighthousewcc.org!
Learn more about the Lighthouse Worship Center project on the faithHighway Case Study page.