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MinistryQuestions.com is running on an improved system now!

Ministry QuestionsOn February 10, 2009, I launched MinistryQuestions.com, a site where the online community of youth workers could ask questions, receive advice from each other, and invest into each other’s ministries. The year and a half since then has seen amazing growth with over 1,700 questions submitted and tons of resources shared.

In order to move forward with some of the other plans I have for MinistryQuestions.com, the backend of the site needed to be re-worked, most of which was completed last week. Along with the updated backend (which I realize is cool for me, but not really you guys) came a new frontend design and a bunch of requested features.

Some of those new features are:

  • You can finally comment back on an answer to your question
  • There’s better navigation and sorting options for questions
  • We’re using the thumbs-up/down point rating system instead of stars
  • You can view recently answered questions on the site to see where the latest activity is
  • The video recording controls and options have been greatly enhanced
  • And a whole lot more…

What we removed is perhaps as interesting as what we added. The debates feature was removed because most people used it to ask questions anyway, and the blog section was removed, as well, because I wasn’t really keeping up with it.

Some cool things coming up in the future for MinistryQuestions.com:

  • An iPhone/Android app that lets you quickly and easily post and answer questions on the go when you have a minute or two here and there. I’m also thinking the apps will make it super-easy to utilize your phone’s camera to record your video questions and answers straight into the website. This will take a pile of cash to pull off, though.
  • I’d love to enhance the media sharing tools on the site. Right now you can upload a document, picture, or a file to share as a resource for someone’s question, but the functionality needs to be improved.

Thank you to everyone who already invests into each other at MinistryQuestions.com!

And for the rest of you, the best way to stay up-to-date with the questions that are posted is to follow MQ on Twitter and Facebook.

If you see anything around the site that’s not working right, please comment below so we can get it worked out. Thanks!


Posted on November 1, 2010

  • Thanks for this. I've used Ministry Questions in the past, and always wanted to be able to comment back on an answer someone gave for my question. Awesome!

  • On what system/platform is the website built?

    • It's using a custom Q&A script. Hired some guys in India to set it up.

  • tim

    Very cool Tim! Thank you for all that you do!!

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  • rueful

    very excited about the iphone app. Ive been wishing there would be something like that for a while. I know thats expensive though, hopefully we youth pastors can help out with that.

    • Yeah, $4k is the quote I got. Ouch. For a site that's free and isn't making any money, I can't quite pull that off, ya know? I love doing the blogging/generating content thing, but I'm really poor at the business side. I thought about offering a small paid subscription package to the site where a monthly fee lets you ask unlimited number of questions (free might be limited to 1 question a month or something), view "best answers," more character space, longer audio/video recording times, stuff like that. I kinda don't think people would pay for that, though, and I also don't want to restrict the site from people who could be blessed by it but can't pay. What do you think?

      • rueful

        wow, 4k? I was thinking it would be like 1k, where was that through? Im sure you know there are cheaper ones but your probably going for better quality.

        I love the network of sites you have but just my .02 I wouldnt be willing to do a subscription service like what your described. Nothing against the sites, I would just foresee something else coming up that is similar and free. What about adding to your network of sites other bloggers with ministry specific sites, like life in Jr. High Ministry, life in Girls Ministry, etc. etc. and then there could still be freebies but also stuff for sale such as curriculum's, videos, etc. etc. I dont know, again, just my .02

        • rueful

          and who knows, maybe your book will take off and 4k for an app will be chump change haha.

        • Yeah, I've never made any steps toward a subscription model, just a thought I had and quickly dismissed.

          Hmm, that's an interesting concept, kinda like the TWiT network, eh? My first thought is that I don't generate enough content as a full-time youth worker to do all that. My second thought is to bring others on board to generate content for the other network sites, but then they might as well as do it on their own since I can't pay anything. That's an interesting concept, though. I'll have to spin some different angles around and think about that.

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