One thing God has been etching into me this year is actually having a vision and a dream for what I want to achieve with my church's website. I almost feel like I didn't have any sort of dream for it before - the difference is so stark. Now I am daring to dream, daring to aim for the vision, daring to trust God that by doing the work bit by bit, seeking Him, and aiming to live a life pleasing to him is enough for me to do to reach this vision - because He will do the (immense) rest of it. I've been listening to some sermons by Pastor Tommy Barnett (from the Dream Centre USA) when he came to PlanetShakers a couple of years ago, about how the dreams that God gives us are bigger than we are - they need God to do it.
My dream is for my church's website to be a key part in my church's community outreach programmes - not just in intention, but in results. When we reach out to people, for them to visit our website, perhaps before visiting our church, and seeing something in our church reflected in those web pages that draws them closer to God. A church building (like ours) doesn't actually have many windows, and people may not have a good understanding of what it's all about, and I am sure it's not easy thing to walk into a church to find out. Well, the website will turn that church building into a glasshouse, not to show off for the sake of showing off, but so that people can see lives being changed, needs being met, and lots of excitement and joy.
A website can never substitute for, or even come close to, the power of personal relationships and witnessing, but it can reach a lot of people in a different way.
What are your visions for your websites? (church/personal/other)
When it's tough, it is the vision that will help keep you pressing forwards, to stick at it.