For about six months we have been in communication with a large website that has expressed an interest in hosting the Jesus Creed conversation. At first I had no interest, but I want to lay out for you today why we have made the decision to shift the site over to Beliefnet.com.
This is the header they’ve got ready to go:
Over the 3.5 years of hosting this blog I think we have established a way to communicate in a civil manner that is simply not found in many places in the Christian internet. We’d like to expand the community and we’d like to extend the kind of community we have here at Jesus Creed to the Beliefnet.com community. Furthermore, very few blogs have the mix of folks that we have — and we think moving to Beliefnet.com will not only expand the community but will give you — the Jesus Creed community — the opportunity to extend what we have done here to others.
Yes, we know change is not fun. In fact, we said no to Beliefnet.com for several months just because we like our color scheme and our community. Giving up that color scheme wasn’t easy for me, though it is the least important of what the blog is about. Furthermore, we didn’t want to “go corporate” and have ads, but we thought the expansion to new readers and the extension of this community to some new folks was more important than what the blog looked like. I think most of us have gotten used to ads, even though they can be annoying.
As many of you know, Beliefnet.com is the biggest religious website in the world and we were honored they wanted to host this blog. By moving over to Beliefnet.com we will find ourselves engaging new folks, confronting new points of view, and take this civil conversation into a more public forum. Frankly, one of the most important considerations was whether or not our committed conversation partners would go with us. I’m convinced you will and I wouldn’t have thought of this had I not thought we could take this conversation to Beliefnet.com. I’ve talked to more than a dozen folks and almost everyone thought this was a good idea.
So, friends, I’m hoping you will join us on November 1st.
As always, I welcome your comments.