Six Bible Societies, three days, one goal. Ohrid, in southwestern Macedonia, was the venue for an intensive workshop designed to equip Bible Societies to manage their own web site. Alongside technical skills, delegates gained an insight into many other elements which contribute to a successful web site, including editing posts, processing photos and linking with social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
An attractive, up-to-date digital presence is fast becoming an essential for Bible Societies everywhere. Making this possible is at the heart of the United Bible Societies’ Global Web Project, which has already seen the setting up of Bible Society web sites across Africa and the Americas. On this occasion it was Bible Society staff from Albania, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia who took up the challenge of learning to populate and update their own web site. While the conditions in which they operate may vary, these Bible Societies shared the same goal: to provide a ‘window’ from anywhere in the world into their ministry, their products and their aspirations.
Concepts such as plug-ins may have been unfamiliar to at least some of the participants when they arrived, but within a short time they were gaining confidence, creating and editing pages and even putting forward their own ideas for the ongoing development of their site. And to place their efforts in a broader context, the training included presentations and discussions about the potential for Bible Societies to use social media.
Embracing digital communication
The firm foundations laid during the workshop will now form the basis for both short-achievement – the imminent launch of another batch of Bible Society web sites – and long-term development work which promises to open up a range of exciting opportunities as Bible Societies increasingly embrace digital communication in areas such as raising awareness, recruiting supporters and volunteers, raising funds and e-commerce.