Check out my interview with Pastor Jim Langlois at The Master’s House.
1. Can you give me some background about the church and how long have you been there?
After serving in full-time ministry for over thirty years, as Associate Pastor and Children’s minister of a 4000-member non-denominational church, the Lord led me to start a church. In 2004 The Master’s House (TMH) began in Ashland, Virginia, a college town and suburb of metropolitan Richmond, Virginia. Our mission is “Building the family of God, through worship, relationship and service.” At TMH, we offer more than a warm handshake and a rockin’ house band (by the way – I’m the drummer)! We want people to know we care, we’re here to pray, and to reach out with tangible support to our members and community. Our TMH website is central to all our marketing and communication efforts.
2. How are you using your website to increase member involvement?
For our members, the website hosts an event calendar, a “members only” online directory, with a member-sensitive password, a running notice of volunteer opportunities and an interactive “Prayer and Share” feature to connect with the needs of the people. It also serves a blog host for me and my staff, and links to my personal blog, “Doc in the House,” interfacing with my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Our members are encouraged to repost Facebook communications and blogs, so that ultimately we are preaching the gospel to the whole world.
3. How has the use of technology changed the way you do church?
Currently we are ramping up for a huge community project called “LifeGroups;” workshops and classes offering real help for everyday real life problems. We have launched a multi-media campaign to drive traffic to our website asking the question, “How’s Life?” The workshops, which will run in 12-week cycles, will be hosted in public venues and private neighborhoods, and will feature everything from relationship building, biblical finances, parenting, fitness, and prayer support, to end time prophecy.
4. How has your experience with faithHighway benefited the church?
We’re grateful to the hands-on staff of faithHighway for their creative and technical support, as well as spiritual encouragement throughout the ongoing development of our website and extension services.