Millions of businesses and organizations talk about how the world is becoming increasingly globalized. But what does that mean for you and your church?
The connections between different countries, societies, and organizations are becoming stronger, and playing a larger role in the identities of those taking part in this global dialogue. And what dialogue is more important than that between a church and its community?
Churches and religious organizations commonly fail to consider how technology can help them reach out to the members of their community. The goal of Heaven’s Door is to show you how you our technological innovations can bridge the gap between your organization and those in need of Christ’s message:
- Many people new to Christianity are often struggling to trust anyone and anything in their lives. The use of secure, confidential technology is a key means of empowering these world weary people to raise their voices.
- Too many companies and services focus on trying to create shiny, attention-grabbing products that don’t address existing needs. Our goal from day one has been to find the most pressing needs that exist within organizations and their communities, and to find solutions that satisfactorily remedy those problems.
- We use a five-step gap analysis process to examine how church organizations are currently serving their community, find ways to measure the effectiveness of current processes, identify weaknesses, look for opportunities to fix the issues, and understand what is currently holding the organization back from implementing solutions.
- We constantly examine our internal processes to make sure that our company and all of our products are centered around serving the will of Christ.
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Technology is making the world a smaller place, and the reach of our conversations much larger.
The software and communications systems that we use every day to stay in touch are shifting towards simultaneously serving much wider, more disparate groups of users. We are no longer just talking to those in our own communities, and our means of communication are no longer designed for such a small scale.
Because our means of communication are changing, and the scope of our ability to communicate is growing, we must expand our services across the world. Why pray for 50 people, when you can pray for 50 thousand, or 50 million? If people around the world are only a button click away, then that means that their lives and needs are just as tightly connected to our own—just a click away.
Security in faith demands security in the technology that fosters it.
One of the biggest challenges in bringing people to Christ is breaking through their defenses, and rediscovering their sense of trust—in the Christian community, and in Christ. Because of the importance of that trust and security, we recognize that any useful technological innovation to advance Christ’s intentions only remain useful if they are both effective and secure.
Our strategy for product development is to develop solutions for existing problems.
Our approach for developing software to serve Christian communities has been strictly solution-based. Rather than looking to create something that’s simply shiny or attention grabbing in an attempt to create a wholly new community, we have instead focused on analyzing what can be done to strengthen existing Christian communities.
We develop software designed to leverage the strengths of the Christian community, while bridging the gaps.
To begin with, we started with a technical process called “gap analysis.” In organizational management, gap analysis is how you examine the difference between the optimal possible potential of a business or organization, and its actual performance. This process is a way of identifying the resource inefficiencies that is keeping a group from being where it wants to be.
For our purposes, this process boiled down to finding the answers to a series of questions:
- Do churches have an organized process in place to help bring people to Christ?
- How can we measure the effectiveness of these processes?
- Are those processes working?
- Can those processes be improved?
- If they can be improved, what is missing that is currently preventing that improvement from occurring?
The process of answering these questions is what has led us to develop the products that we offer to help Christian communities improve and widen their outreach efforts.
Our company’s first priority is that we and our products stay aligned with our original intent: to make Christ the center and purpose of everything we do.
Thanks to decades of experience in the information technology field, we are able to constructively address all of the technical aspects that go into developing technology-based applications and services. However, we are constantly working to keep Christ at the center of our planning and operations.
We never develop technology for its own sake. Its sole intent is to make it easier for Christian communities to stay interconnected, and to further Christ’s desires for our communities, and for us as individuals.
With Christ in mind, we strive to identify and understand the varying needs of the many different groups which we wish to draw together.
Priorities vary. No two people are ever the same. And we know that in order for our products to be useful, that they have to be extremely flexible and adaptable. What good is it to develop an iPhone app that the members of an upper-middle class community to pray for one another, if the prayers of the homeless, those in hospice care, or disadvantaged teenagers go unheard?
We want to leverage the rapid advances in software innovation to grow Christian communities, regardless of their current use of—or access to—technological solutions. That’s why we have developed an array of applications: some which are targeted towards individuals who are tightly bound to their mobile devices, some that appeal more to desktop users, and lastly, high-end, powerful administrator-level tools for church leaders and community organizers.
All of these products work together to assist in the growth of a compassionate and tightly-knit worldwide Church, and to foster a more intimate relationship between Christ and every single individual within that Church.