This past summer, I set up a website for a friend’s church plant in Chicago. In the process of doing this, I realized that there were probably a lot of churches who could benefit from an updated (and affordable) web presence.

For instance, our church has been utilizing a professional CMS (Content Management System) for our website for the past several months. The company we used charged high monthly fees and a hefty setup cost. The CMS is used for Doug’s site is called Joomla!. It’s an Open Source community developed platform that is free for anyone to use. Tomorrow I’ll be transferring our new church website, built on Joomla!, over to (In the meantime, you can catch a sneak peak at

I began working Content Management Systems in 2004 with the Open Source project, Mambo. Shortly after this, the development of Mambo split and Joomla! was created. In January of 2006, I began developing a site for the youth ministry of Stone Church using Joomla!. Since that time, I’ve set up several Joomla! sites and branched out to using WordPress in 2008.

This is one of those things that I’ve recently discovered that I truly enjoy. And probably, my desire in this is really to help churches. There’s just no reason that churches should have to pay enormous amounts of money in order to have a decent looking website.

Anyway, do me a favor. Check out the site ( And tell a friend.

Author: Erik

Erik lives in Bethalto, IL were he serves as the Executive Pastor at Cornerstone Church. He and his wife, Bethany, have two boys (Parker and Kent). He's an Apple fan and all around techie who loves Angry Birds and Words With Friends.

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  1. Love the designs! I am really excited for you and I will absolutley usher some business your way!

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