New website for resources, churches, schools

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The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s South Pacific Division (SPD) has launched a new user-friendly website that makes it easy to find churches, resources and schools.

The website <adventistchurch.com> is a complete overhaul of the old website, with an emphasis on functionality and ease of access. Individual SPD departments have updated and revamped their pages as part of the overhaul.

We wanted to make sure the homepage provided an opportunity for the public to see Adventists and understand some of the things that are important to us.

The homepage features lots of images and focuses on the main things the Church is concerned with, so that those who stumble across the site can gain a quick understanding of what the Adventist Church is about.

“We have deliberately chosen to include lots of pictures of people [on the homepage],” said Adventist Media CEO Kalvin Dever. “After all it’s people who make up the Church.”
The homepage combines video elements and images to tell the story of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

“We wanted to make sure the homepage provided an opportunity for the public to see Adventists and understand some of the things that are important to us—Jesus, the Bible, Sabbath, education, service and health,” Mr Dever said.

“We also wanted to make sure people could easily find churches, schools, our departments/entities and most importantly the resources. As a result, search functionality is deeply embedded into the site and is prominent on the homepage.”

The available resources include some of the most popular from the old site, such as information on Pathfinder and Adventurer honours.

The corporate information has not gone. It has simply moved to a dedicated site at <corporate.adventistchurch.com>.

A new system has also been developed to replace the old netAdventist websites for local churches. The system gives all churches in the SPD a web presence with connections to the Church’s social media feeds.

Mr Dever thanked the team at Adventist Media who developed the sites. “Special thanks to Alex Green for all the work he has put into the new SPD sites and to Dan Lewis for all the back end development work that has been done to make the new system for church websites work and Scott Wegener who handled the migration of the sites from netAdventist to the new system.”

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