In the light of the announcement of the decision to close the Windermere Centre, some of you have been getting in touch to ask what will happen to your websites. In this post, I’ll try to answer those questions, as far as I am able.
iChurch is no longer administratively part of the Windermere Centre. In March 2017, I moved into a new post, which is directly part of Education & Learning. It is a fixed-term, part-time post, with two objectives. The first is to look after the iChurch project as it currently is – that means maintaining all your sites, setting up new sites when requested, and providing training and support as usual. The second aspect of the job is to work with a strategy group to develop a proposal for the future of iChurch thereafter.
The strategy group has come together through both the Education & Learning and Communication Committees of the United Reformed Church, and we have worked together to gather data about what has been happening with iChurch so far: numbers of sites, the potential for growth of the project – that kind of thing.
I am deeply committed to doing what I can to find a viable and creative future for iChurch. Furthermore, I believe that there are others who see the missional value of the project and would seek to secure it. Therefore, I am very hopeful that we will reach outcomes that feel positive for you, the iChurch users. I just don’t yet know exactly what shape those will take – so watch this space!
In the meantime, I will continue to support you and your sites, and I am very pleased to be able to announce that we have two new iChurch courses scheduled for July (details can be found on our iChurch Courses page).
If you have questions or comments, please do post them here, or send them to me (email@example.com) – the more open and creative the conversation, the better, I think, and as iChurch users, your feedback is invaluable to us.