I have been doing thousands of updates over the last four months since my wife and I have gone back into the ministry full time.
It has been borderline depressing seeing the current state of Independent Baptist Ministries!
- There are hundreds of ministries that have closed their doors since I last had time to do regular scans of the links.
- There are a lot of other ministries that have simply let their domains expire and either registered new domains or simply have no web presence at all. Since this database is a link based ministry it takes an inordinate amount of time to track down information on each ministry. I try to identify a new link if available. If the link is broken, I will mark it with a broken link flag and the date(s) the links were found to be broken. If there are alternate means of information available (i.e. Facebook, Twitter Youtube etc. I have added those links to their listings for you). Basically any information and history on that ministry will generally stay in the listing. You can update the listing (and help facilitate keeping the information current) by submitting an error report if you see wrong information (Click on “Report Error” on that ministry’s page). T
- The database allows you to search ministries by location. For example, if you are a looking for a church in your area, you can go click on the Search tab, then click on the Advanced tab. You MUST put in a keyword (like Church) under phrases or words. Go down and put in your zip code. If you are in a major city, chose 5-10 miles, in a suburb, maybe 20 miles and the database will return all links with a GPS listing in your range. While there are thousands already in there, many of the older listings were in the databases before the GPS function was available so they are not coming up in a search, or the addresses in there were including church names and pastor names that were identified wrong, so they could be showing up in wrong states or even wrong countries! They are being fixed little by little, the database is getting much better day by day. I have no idea how many still need to be fixed, but the database is getting there.
I am endeavoring to make this the most complete and correct database available, I am still unsure what the best way to proceed is on something like this blog which might be better suited toward a WordPress site. More to come…. This is definitely a work in progress!