Win a FREE $1,788 website for your ministry this fall!

With many churches and youth ministries re-launching their ministries in the fall and looking to communicate more effectively online this upcoming school year, we are giving away one free website to bless a non-profit organization. We want to help them launch their online communication strong!

What You'll Win

1. A free website for an entire year! Pick whatever package your non-profit organization needs, up to the Premier Package. Check out this list of website features for each package!

2. A free design! The permission to use any of our designs for free for the entire year. (Actually, all our designs are totally free to our customers.)

The value of all this: If you choose to go with the Premier Plan, the website is valued at $1,788 for a year. Of course, you may choose to win a smaller plan if you prefer.

How To Win

Entering for the free $1,788 website is simple and will only take a couple minutes to complete.

1. Tell us your story. Comment below telling us about your ministry, what God's doing there, and how a free, easy-to-use premium website could enhance that.

2. Connect with us online. The winner will be announced on July 25, 2011, via our Facebook page and Twitter account.

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"Like" and "follow" us and then check those places for the winning announcement. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be selected until we get a response.

In The Meantime...

Anyone may sign up for a FREE 3-page website, yours to keep and use forever! Even our free accounts come with full support, many designs to choose from, no ads, and most features enabled.

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A couple details about the giveaway

1. Your ministry does not have to be a church or youth group in order to qualify. It only has to be a 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry.

2. Any of MinistryWebsites.biz's packages are available to the selected winner for free up to 1 year. After 1 year, the winner may cancel their account, start paying the regular service fee for whichever account level they are are using, or downgrade to a lower account level.

10 comments (Add your own)

1. Jeremy Holbrook wrote:
What a great idea for a contest! Thanks for sharing!

My wife and I moved to Columbus, Ohio a year and a half ago; being hired as the 7th youth pastor in 5 years the church existed. (Gotta love the vibe that created at first!) So, needless to say that building trust with the students, parents, and church took a little time as they had been burnt badly before. With 26 high schools and 34 middle schools located within 7 miles of our church, the potential to share the love and life of Jesus Christ with the community was outstanding.

God has been faithful! (No surprise there!) We have not been the catalyst, but the Holy Spirit has. We have been blessed to see genuine spiritual growth in students as they begin to rely on the faithfulness of God, and less on the expectations of man.

With so much potential (and so little talent to make a website personally) a quality website would be an extreme blessing. It would serve as an opportunity to clearly communicate our vision, our ministry calendar, our community outreaches, and potentially serve as a daily devotional site to encourage students in our community.

I have studied, researched, and even attempted to make a website, but I will be the first to admit; I do not have the gift generating the relevant design that can enhance a ministry via website.

Thank you for your time and your consideration. Even if we do not win the contest, I'm sure God has great plans for the ministry or organization that does win! God Bless!

Mon, July 18, 2011 @ 7:02 AM

2. Chris Fleck wrote:
My wife and I have just launched a new Christian country/southern gospel internet radio station. We have been praying for just the right avenues for promoting the ministry God has entrusted us with.

My wife and I live on a disability income of roughly $1000 a month. She has muscular dystrophy and is wheel chair bound. I do not work out of the home and we make no money off of our internet ministry. I had always wanted to start my own radio station, something that was never possible until we found out about the affordable packages that Live365 www.live365.com offered. That, coupled with the need for a Christian alternative in our area to the country stations meant that we could answer God's call to minister to those who might not ever tune to a Christian rock or pop station.

A free website for a year would be a huge platform for our ministry and help our listenership increase. Christian country music is a very under served market and there are alot of songs being released by hard working artists that need to be heard. The promotion and design opportunities we would get with your company is something that without a hand up we could never afford on our own.

Thanks in advance for your consideration of our ministry.

Mon, July 18, 2011 @ 4:14 PM

3. Dave Hirschler wrote:
We have a VERY active student ministry and a really bad website. I've been the youth pastor at my church for 14 years (I know, really uncommon). There is no budget for a website, so we're doing our website via a free blogger page. We've been able to do quite a bit with it, but it's not very user-friendly.

In the last 6-8 months our student ministry has EXPLODED! The students have stepped up and are serving others, deepening their relationships with Christ and are keeping me on my toes.

A new website would allow us to more effectively communicate with our influx of students, as well as communicate to students in our community why we do what we do, as well as giving them an opportunity to check us out before they walk through our door. We already communicate WHO we are and WHOSE we are, that our desire is to love God and to love people, a new site would just help us do it better and smarter.

Wed, July 20, 2011 @ 9:01 AM

4. Crystal Thomas wrote:
The Servants In Training Teen and Young Adult Ministry at Temple of Judah Church, Richmond, VA is designed to train and develop young people to serve an any capacity to which they are called. We are a community youth group in the heart of the city and we have made an art form out of doing the best you can with what you've got. We belong a small church with mega ministry that purposes to reach everyone within earshot. What you reap is what you sow and the greatest in the kingdom is simply servant to ALL. We sing, dance, step, act and use instrumentation to bring God glory and move out of our comfort zones to becoming more available to God. Certainly with more resources we can reach and teach more. That's the goal. Pick us!

Wed, July 20, 2011 @ 9:06 AM

5. Sean Masterson wrote:
I have the blessing of working with jr. and sr. high students. This is my 4th year here at Grace UMC and it is incredible to see how God has moved in this group of young people. Our group started with Bibles not being used or brought and we have just returned from a summer trip and students were buying Bibles for friends and family members. My students have a heart for the Gospel and they are excited to see God work, and a ministry site that was usable and productive would only push them more. Last year we were awarded a $1,000 grant to run a kids club here in our town and it is events like that we could promote and report on easier with a central website. Believe me, choosing our group would be a terrific decision for your site. Thank you !

Wed, July 20, 2011 @ 9:55 AM

6. Shawn Kiger wrote:
I have worked at my church for 13 years as the youth minister. We are a small town church (population of town is 3,000). It has been a blessing to work with the youth in this town. We currently use the 3 page free website and it has been great. Because we are small means we have a small budget to work with so your free website that looks professional has been a huge help. Thank you for what you do and your excellent customer service.

Wed, July 20, 2011 @ 12:05 PM

7. abby wrote:
I started volunteering with a youth group shortly after graduating high school because I wanted to give back what I had gotten. Being a youth ministry product, it only seemed right. From there I was hooked. i loved it. Sure there were parts that I was not super comfortable doing, but I stepped out of my box on faith and God blessed me. He also began to affirm that I was created to be working in full time ministry.

About a year and half ago, I was lunching with a friend who said to me, "Why can't Sacramento be a destination for people to come and serve?"

It was an excellent question. I love my city. Why can't others love on my city? Why can't I share the love I have for this city with others, while empowering them to go home and do the same thing in their city or community?

About six months ago, the church I was working for and myself parted ways. And that's when I began exploring the idea of starting a mission centered organization here in Sacramento, CA. From the diversity of the city to the many needs of the broken and lost to being the capitol of the 5th largest economy in the world (ok, so maybe we've fell a few notches... we're still big)... Sacramento is a city that is desperate for many to come and love in it and on it. But my vision doesn't stop there... nope. Why would people come here... just to serve Sacramento. Sure that would be great, but wouldn't there be a bigger impact for the kingdom if those who came to Sacramento to serve were then empowered to go home and duplicate what they did where they live? Don't get me wrong, I love my city. But in the grand scheme of things, Sacramento is only a blip on the map in terms of the Kingdom of God.

I've first started with networking. Seeking out the advice of trusted elders, and seeing what the reaction of people in the community would be towards a venture like this. God keeps faithfully opening the doors and I keep walking through them. Leaders in the church and in the community are beginning to get excited about this idea and the prospect of that this could be for the city and the Kingdom.

As the primary audience would be student groups, there would also be opportunities for experiences for parents and their students, young adult groups, small groups... the possibilities are endless.

An opportunity to have a free website would greatly help the launch of this ministry! So far there really is no budget for marketing... or anything really! but in order to begin to raise the funds, bring supporters and partners on board there will need to be a web presence!

Please consider this for the contest. This would further confirmation that this venture is something not only viable for Sacramento, but the Kingdom as well!

Thanks for this opportunity!

Wed, July 20, 2011 @ 2:48 PM

8. Kris R wrote:
All I can say is wow! I have read the other comments on here and they all seem very deserving and I know would be greatly blessed by receiving this website gift. I am just beginning a new venture as I have just recently accepted a new position as a Minister to Students and Education for a church that doesn't even have a website! They are small church on the outskirts of town surrounded by horse farms but have been able to build several ministry opportunities that reach their community effectively. They have hosted block parties in neighborhoods that are close to their site with over 1000 in attendance as well as have an ongoing food ministry that feeds hundreds of people weekly. They fill two large rooms with food each month and on distribution day both get completely emptied to help those in need. They have a group of members who monthly go into the local correctional facility with their motorcycles and reach inmates with bible study and prayer. They have decided to bring me aboard to help with the student ministry and the overall education program of the church. They have done everything ministry wise without a website (which just means ministry can be done without one!) but having one would help with communicating what is going on as they grow as well as to help people connect and locate where they are at in our community. Thanks for the time and I appreciate the opportunity to share on your site. I will prayer for your continued growth in ministry and for the success of all these ministries highlighted on here as they seek to follow Christ's plan and will for their lives.

Fri, July 22, 2011 @ 7:44 AM

9. Robert Canavan wrote:
We are launching A new student Ministry this Fall. The Name of it is Engaged Youth. The theme of it is Be doers of the Word! (James 1:22) Our Church is launching an evangelistic campaign this fall to reach the Lord. We desire our youth ministry to be at the cutting edge of this effort. We desire to connect with students that are on the internet looking for love hope and acceptance. We don't want to just have a website we want to have an online tool used to reach the ends of the earth like never before.

Jesus said greater things then these will you do in my name. I think a big part of that will be thru online evangelism and connections.

We have plans to reach our local High Schools and college campuses in the Shrewsbury and Worcester Ma. area. With the correct website opportunity we could reach more students than ever!

Thank you for the opportunity to comment and be entered into this contest! May God Bless all you do. And may God bless all the ministries who have entered!

Sincerely

Rob Canavan
Engage youth Ministry
Liberty Church
Shrews Mass

Mon, July 25, 2011 @ 9:13 AM

10. Sarah wrote:
Wow, this is amazing. I am so excited, even if I don't win...it will be exciting to see the finished winner's site so PLEASE post a link.

Anyway...

Ok so for starters, I'm not a youth pastor YET. But hopefully I will be one in september. Heres the rundown. I have known I was called to ministry since the age of 14. I have studied Youth ministry and missions in college, spent countless summers as an intern but never seemed to quite make it to that "Youth Pastor Level". So the summer after I graduated college, I felt God leading me to up and move to California (this was may 2009). So I prayed, and debated, saved up what little money I had and moved 1 month later. I felt so strongly that God has the opportunity I had been waiting for, just ripe for the picking as soon as I got there. Well I was mistaken. God in his awesome wisdom and timing, made me wait, and learn to trust. I spent 3 months with no job, no house, and no money just waiting on God. Then he gave me a job, as a data entry nerd at a nutritional consulting company. Thank God for it too, because I literally had packed up to move back to florida the day before I got the job. So I spent a year and a half punching keys and banging my head on a desk, hungry for a place that I fit. Finally I found an amazing church and started volunteering at the youth group, while trying to find out what God was waiting on. Then I lost my job, in an act of pure desperation I emailed my pastor, practically begging her to let me do anything they needed at the church, even scrub the toilets, I just wanted to be doing something close to what God was calling me to do. She promptly emailed me back, telling me they already had someone to clean the toilets but that they were losing their current youth pastor and would be hiring a new one just as soon as the new pastor transfered in and she transfered out. Well praise the Lord for that (the youth pastor job...not my old pastor leaving). So that brings us to my current place, I am waiting (more patience training I suppose) for all the transitions to finish and the discussion of the Youth ministry to come to the table. I know its a long shot but I would really love to have something amazing set up as soon as I get going in this church. God has given me some amazing ideas and concepts to direct this group into a new stage, and I would love to get started with an amazing website for the group to connect on!

Well thats about it. Hope you liked my story, and if I don't get picked, well thats ok. :)

Again thanks for the opportunity!

Sat, July 30, 2011 @ 11:00 PM

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