Community Owner Spotlight – Social Engine

This month our staff got the chance to catch up with Dean Jones, creator of Godinterest.com. We got to sit down and discuss what it meant to run your own community and gained some great community management insight!

Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 10.41.26 AMWhat is Godinterest?
Godinterest.com is a Christian social network created in June 2014. Its purpose is to promote Christian values and facilitate spiritual inspiration through the sharing of photographs and other media in the style of Pinterest. Its content includes media about Christian history, personal family-oriented stories and various content from a Christian viewpoint. According to Quantcast, Godinterest received more than seven thousand visits in its first month of activity and reached more than six thousand users monthly. Furthermore, its users tend to be young adults from the middle class. Females outnumber males, (55% to 45%).

How long have you been running it?
Just over 1 year now. We stumbled across the SocialEngine CMS in 2012 when working on a couple of social networks for clients and really liked it, however, we had already committed to other CMS’s. After building three large successful social networks between 2010 – 2014 (using phpfox, pligg and boonex with social apps), we were utterly fed up with all the bugs we encountered. We’ve been in the web development business for over 20 years, so we know a thing or two about developing websites using almost every CMS available on the market today. Back then, we already had the idea of creating a photo-sharing site, but were still developing the concept; and were not satisfied with what the other popular CMS providers were offering. We then re-visited the SocialEngine in January 2014 and were overly impressed with the new cloud product offering and decide to visualize and conceptualise Godinterest.com using SocialEngine cloud.

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Godinterest: The Christian kind of Pinterest, with music and sermon promotions

Godinterest: The Christian kind of Pinterest, with music and sermon promotions

Godinterest: The Christian kind of Pinterest, with music and sermon promotions

When Pinterest first hit the scene, it was fascinating. Writers like this Christian reporter on Examiner found ourselves pinning away and creating boards just like the rest of the general public – as well as finding geeky and only slightly legal ways to beef up our followings by auto-following other users whom we hoped and prayed would return the favor and follow us back. As far as pins that were related to Christian stuff, however, well those tended to end up segregated to boards on Pinterest called “Christian stuff,” as if we were giving our followers fair warning that a reference or two or 20 to John 14:6 might be found therein. Read More:

http://www.examiner.com/article/godinterest-the-christian-kind-of-pinterest-with-music-and-sermon-promotions

New and Dynamic WordPress Powered Website Exclusive to Religious Bloggers – WDRB 41 Louisville News

wdrbPosted: Apr 30, 2015 8:22 AM GDT 

Religious blogger has been given new set of wings to spread the message of the good news following the launch of new website, Godinterest.org.

London, England April 30, 2015

Dubbed as the WordPress for religion, Godinterest.org is a free weblog publishing tool for sharing text, photos and video. The website is powered by WordPress and boasts a number of exciting themes, optimized features and unique plug-ins designed to make the user experience as pleasant and as appealing as possible.

Although powered by WordPress, Godinterest.org has a few built-in features that users will not see on their regular WordPress account. Some of the plug-ins featured on the website include: Wikis which enables users to transform their blog into a powerful, easy to use Wikis, Jetpack for sharing posts with multiple social networks and Mobile Blogging for those who prefer to blog on the go.

Created by devout Christian, Dean Jones, the mission of Godinterest is to promote freedom of expression and inspire faith. Jones’ creation of the website was in response to the long standing quest of millions of believers to get heard. Now, through this dynamic website, users can spread the message of the good news.

When asked what distinguishes his website from other blogging platforms, Jones said: “Godinterest.org gives occasion to a whole new set of conversations about religion in public life and represents the possibility of a common conversation among a diverse set of voices.”

Since its launch, the response to the new website has been overwhelming. Greta O. said: “Godinterest.org looks really good and interesting. It would be great if you let me try to write something for it.” Another fan of the website said: “I’ve looked over the Godinterest website and it looks really fascinating.”

Aside from the individual blogger, Godinterest was designed with educators and students in mind. The website has special accounts for these individuals and with unique plug-ins such as Wikis and themes such as Chalkboard; the learning process is bound to be more exciting.

Operating under the motto to ‘Love people, Inspire Minds, Teach Hearts and Embrace Life’, the website has amassed a huge following since its launch. Through the hundreds of bloggers that have created accounts, Godinterest is achieving its mission to inspire faith, one blog post at a time.

For further information or to create an ac

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Godinterest Share-It-Button for Google Chrome

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Add Images from other sites

Be part of the Godinterest community and submit your favorite images and links. You can easily add images you find online using our Share It Button.

How to install it?

Click the link below and confirm you want to add the Share-It-Button to your browser. That’s it! The Share-It-Button will appear on your Chrome and you can start posting Godinteresting things!

How does it work?

When you’re visiting a website and see an image you like, click the share it button on your browser. This will scan the current page and look for images you can add.

Choose one of the images (you need to be logged in), and save the image.

That’s it, congratulations! You’ve just added an image.

Other ways to add images!

Right Click

With the Share It Button installed, you can add an image by right-clicking it.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/godinterest-share-it-button

‘’Share your faith’’ with Godinterest | Godinterest.org – WordPress for Religion | Create a free website or blog

Godinterest.org is a website which was developed in the UK and which has completely changed the concept of religious blogging in the online sphere in a revolutionary way. Opportunities provided by Godinterest are manifold and more than affordable to everyone who wants to share their principle of beliefs and their theological standpoint with the world. With the help of Godinterest platform it is possible to share your thoughts and beliefs in the form of a blog post or a video. You can create your own presentations or organize study groups that will help others to learn more from you, but also help you to refine the already acquired knowledge. And what is most important, it does not matter what your religion is.

The man who came to this great idea of uniting ”voices” of many on a noble misshttp://godinterest.org/ion and who is most deserving for the development of this platform is the 36 – year-old project manager residing in London, Dean Jones. Dean Jones, who is a devoted Christian that has been looking for a solution to the question posed by millions of believers around the globe for a long time, and that question is: ‘How do we get heard? How to send a message we have to others?” Dean Jones says about his project: “godinterest.org gives occasion to a whole new set of conversations about religion in public life and represents the possibility of a common conversation among a diverse set of voices.”

Indeed, if we look at the modern era and the world at this time, we shall see that one of the most important concerns of modern man, without him even being aware of it is in fact the search for meaning. The man invests continual effort to win the race for material goods, although he is aware of the fact that this is a race with no winners, all the while trying

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Godinterest – Editors Picks

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We really like pictures, and these are the pictures we really, really like. All of these pictures have been hand picked from a list of most viewed pictures on Godinterest by the real humans who work at Godinterest. We hope you enjoy them!

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WordPress Just Got a ‘Religious Makeover’

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London, UK  — 04/22/2015 — Over a week ago, using the fully hosted version of the popular open-source WordPress content management system, Dean Jones a devoted Christian introduced a blog portal that focuses specifically on religion.

Today’s announcement marks Dean Jones’s first direct foray into the blogging arena with already well over 300 signups.

Godinterest   Godinterest.org   WordPress for Religion   Create a free website or blogJones, a 36-year-old Project Manager from London argues that “godinterest.org gives occasion to a whole new set of conversations about religion in public life and represents the pos-sibility of a common conversation among a diverse set of voices. ”

There is no doubt that WordPress.com is one of the most popular blogging plat-forms so when asked what’s special and about Godinterest.org? Jones stat-ed the following points: ”

– Only for Religion- Godinterest.org is targeted at those in Religion rather than general blogging. We envision blogs being used to facilitate discussion, replace paper newsletters, encourage students to blog, post videos podcasts and presen-tation and create class publications. To achieve this, we have built in a few fea-tures that you won’t see on your regular WordPress.com account (but could get via self-hosting).

– Accounts – Godinterest.org offers a range of accounts not limited to an individual. The basic version is a free account which gives you basic features comparable to WordPress.com but without some of the themes and Ad free (a nice incentive to an educator) after that there are educator accounts (at only £3 a month or £12 a year) which opens up more options like embedding html videos and the ability to set up, and monitor, blogs for students. Other perks of an educators account include custom domains, use of plugins and visitor stats. godinterest.org also offers free upgrades for students when attached to a Pro blog.

– Wikis – can be a great features for project work and collaboration. However, they can also be a useful way to provide resources for students to access in their own time and at their leisure to continue their learning beyond the walls of the classroom. Although you can set this up on a self-hosted blog it re-quires more skill than some people have.

– Privacy – students might be more self-concious about their work than your average blogger. The built in privacy features (including password protection) are a great way to help students to build up their confidence.

-Modules – We also plan to implement modules in Scripture, Worship (including Sacraments), Church History and Beliefs on Theology Challenges and provide a variety of resources to help teachers and students explore many aspects of religious knowledge. ”

The future of education is with online technology and there are fewer and better things to be innovating on than just that right now, Godinterest.org offers that opportunity for any reli-gious educator or faith blogger with specific themes and features that will make learning even more effective.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2531325#ixzz3YAqgttlI

Godinterest Theology Challenges | Godinterest.org: Create a free website or blog

theology-mattersGodinterest.org is a response to the challenge and opportunity offered by the Internet for learning both in and beyond the classroom.

Godinterest Theology Challenges – Resource for Teachers

Mindful of the challenges and opportunities provided by the Internet and Information and Communication Technologies in general, the Godinterest.org, is undertaking the development of Theology Challenges in the first instance to provide online educational support for teachers of Religious Education.

Godinterest Theology Challenges will provide content and professional development. The first stage will be to offer sequenced online materials to assist and engage teachers of Ethics in exploring in a systematic way various contemporary ethical issues. In doing this Godinterest Theology Challenges will use a large range of Internet resources to guide teachers through the exploration of the specific issues. This will be the most developed part of Theology Challenges at the present moment.

We also plan to implement modules in Scripture, Worship (including Sacraments), Church History and Beliefs on Theology Challenges and provide a variety of resources to help teachers and students explore many aspects of religious knowledge. Hopefully they will also be useful in other ways in the future including the online delivery of assessable units for accreditation and online provision of materials tailored to meet the needs of specific school groups.

Establishing Learning Communities

In addition to the provision of content, it is intended that Godinterest Theology Challenges will encourage the development of online professional learning groups. Teachers will be able to use both the Godinterest Theology Challenges materials and online collaboration blog creation tools to explore and discuss the issues and questions that are raised. In this way, they will also be introduced to the possibilities for curriculum and classroom application of the facilities they are using in their own professional learning and collaboration.

Into the Future – Speaking to Students

Teachers are most interested in educational resources when they see them as supportive of their own classroom practice. At the same time, the ultimate goals of any educational initiative are the improvement of student learning and the engagement of students in the learning process to improve educational outcomes. It is hoped that as Godinterest Theology Challenges develops it will contribute to this vision not only by supporting teachers to present the RE to their students but also by providing engaging online materials for their use. It is hoped that through this process, Godinterest Theology Challenges will assist young people to use the new technologies both ‘purposefully and critically and… to adapt and learn throughout their lives’ and ‘for their integral development and the benefit of others’.

http://theologychallenge.godinterest.org/

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Whats Trending On Godinterest

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Godinterest Offers ‘WordPress for Religion’

Godinterest.org Offers ‘WordPress for Religion’

LONDON,Pr Newswire April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Great Britain is not the place to find a bumper sticker that says, “Honk if you love Jesus.”  Britons tend to be tolerant and respectful of Muslim and Hindu religious observances, but not their own. Godinterest Blogs, as the name implies, is designed with religion in mind.  The site was developed by Dean Jones, a 36-year-old project manager and Saint Martins, university of the arts post graduate who said, “Godinterest.org gives occasion to a whole new set ofconversations about religion in public life that represents a tremendous opportunity for publication, discussion and critique of a kind never seen before.”

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The growing influence of blogs is indisputable. Most would agree that the mainstream press is looking more like the blogosphere.  Old newspapers and magazines now host blogs by reporters on their websites. Because of their ease of publication and use, blogs have changed the shape of public dialogue in society as a whole and now around religious questions in particular.

Jones said, “I get excited about the idea of blogs transforming religion and hope to encourage tolerance, remove ignorance, raise issues and create an arena in which views and practices are explored. Our ethos is to ‘Love people, Inspire minds, Teach hearts and Embrace life!'”

Godinterest.org offers a variety of themes, plug-ins for podcasts; video tutorials and easy blogging to help users get started.

Jones said, “Godinterest Bloggers can use their blogs as a learning journal to gather relevant information and ideas, and communicate with other people. Religious educators can use blogs to keep in contact with students’ parents and use blogs to record their own personal life, and express emotions or feelings. They can use our blogs as an instructional and assessment tool, and blogs can be used as a task management tool. Blogs can also be used to teach individuals about writing for an audience as they can be made public.”

Godinterest could offer the means for under-represented voices to find a public voice.

Jones said, “Godinterest represents the possibility of a common conversation among a diverse set of voices. A Godinterest blog supports religious education by encouraging reflection, questioning as well as collaboration and providing a context for engaging in higher-order thinking!”

With comparable features, WordPress for Religion by Godinterest could be just what we need, after all research has shown that religious beliefs and practices seem to make people happier, and in some situations healthier and better-off, too.  But to argue that such benefits more than offset the gains from extra Religious Ed would require a leap of faith.

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Self Interest as God’s Interest

We are initially informed of #God’s interest by the expression of gratification in the creation of man, and as subsequently manifested by his association with man.

While reflecting on the magnitude of creation the Psalmist was constrained to exclaim,

“When I consider the heavens the work of thy fingers, and the stars which thou has ordained, what is man that thou art mindful of him? Psalm 8:4-6 King James Version (KJV).

Sometimes in our earthly mind, the awesomeness of God is lost.

Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭25‬ If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Isn’t God interested in every part of our lives, not just the spiritual part. So if we believe that we should live by the Holy Spirit’s power, we need then to submit every aspect of our lives to God, emotionally, physically, socially, intellectually and vocationally.

See below for a roundup of some of the most touching photos posted on Godinterest this month.

….washed white as snow | ANNA WAKUMOTO I had spent the last 6 years of my life looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places. every place that the world told me would seemingly satisfy me did just the opposite. I covered up my anger…

….On Aging | Laura’s Recovery . To live is to be slowly born – Antoine de St Exupery The purpose of human experience is to grow us into God. It is so we can melt into God as we go – to expand. We are either expanding or collapsing…
…Living and Learning at Home: Ultimate Guide to Keeping Young Children with you at Church…

…Trust no Man…that is no man, woman, or child! | Coco Chanel’s Ministry…
…What does it mean to worship?? Throughout my entire life I have been to four churches. Destined Ones Ministry, First Baptist of Hammond, Words of Encouragement ministries, and Unity Church. I can r…
…Israel – Photo by Photographer Leon Forado – photo.net (photo.net) Photograph by Leon Forado…

Paul says that because we’re saved, we should live like it! The Holy Spirit is the source of our new life’s, so keep in step with its leading. Don’t let anything or anyone else determine your values and standards in any area of your life.

God’s interest in humility goes beyond our comprehension. Jesus took off the robes of Deity, and put on the robes of humanity, then died on a cross just for us, because He loves us so much; so we could have communion with him, and so we could spend eternity in with Him, when we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour.

When we abide in God, when we are one with Him, we can literally ask whatever we want and He will do it for us (John 15:7).

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What Would Jesus Do? Do You Really Want to Know?

Once upon a time, a mother made her son a wristband. On it was written: WWJD? The phrase “What would Jesus do?” (often abbreviated to WWJD) became popular in the United States in the 1990s and as a personal motto for adherents of Evangelical Christianity who used the phrase as a reminder of their belief in a moral imperative to act in a manner that would demonstrate the love of Jesus through the actions of the adherents.

The WWJD movement started in 1989 when the youth group at Calvary Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan, studied Charles Sheldon’s 1896 novel, In His Steps.

But the message of wwjd should not be taken for granted due to overexposure. As simple as it seems, sometimes the question—What would Jesus do?—still leaves people wondering. However, its not hard when ones considers that Jesus said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. #Love

…Little Girl Lost | Our Souls Purpose. There once was a little girl, she was sweet and loving, the way a child is. She had blonde hair and was ever so tiny. She loved everyone she knew, she looked at the world through eyes that had not been wounded by this world. Now the teenager turns into a young woman, wife, and mother. She feels the light but she doesn’t live in the light… What would Jesus do?
Heart Touching Examples of Documentary Photography on Godinterest. What would Jesus do?
 
Mandatory Prayer to promote wellness. United States Marine Corps recruits take a moment for mandatory prayer before lights out at 9:00 P.M. in Parris Island, South Carolina, January 6, 2005. Recruits go through a twelve week training program where the objective is to instill self-discipline and confidence, high moral standards, warrior spirit, basic military knowledge and individual skills, physical fitness and wellness as a way of life, respect and love of Country and Corps. Now one might be arrested for leading soldiers into prayer, however, What would Jesus do?
 #love letters

True love never grows old. We love seeing old couples. It gives us hope that love can still stand the test of time.
How God’s Broken Through My Walls This year has been all about learning about the character of God, and also about the character of me. Everyone has thinking patterns and world views that need adjusting; the biggest one for me this…What would Jesus do?
…..What would Jesus do? Remember the less fortunate this Christmas, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stran…
#GOD #JESUS  #GODLY
Beyond the fad

“What would Jesus do?” is an irrelevant question for many people because they don’t know who Jesus is.  Before we can ask the question “What would Jesus do?” we must ask ourselves whether we know Jesus. Knowing Jesus begins with reading about His life, teachings and claims in the Bible.

So what would Jesus do? He would seek the Father for the strength and wisdom to embrace, restore, confront, teach, serve, and equip the people around him.

These phrase should drive us back to the gospels to take a fresh look at how Jesus lived. The fad phase of WWJD may be over, but we need to hold on to the phrase even whiles posting images on Godinterest and keep asking ourselves—What would Jesus do? It’s a great question. But remember: If you’re not sure what Jesus actually did in his life, then you’re just guessing at what he might do in yours.

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