St. Luke's Website FAQ
How do I get information on the website?
Information on the website, as all communications, needs to come through the staff person for that ministry. The reason we require this is so that the information is accurate and doesn't catch the staff off-guard. If you have information regarding a page already built, you should talk to the contact person on that page. If you want to create an entirely new page you should schedule a meeting with the staff person overseeing that ministry as well as the Manager of Information Systems.
Why are some pages out of date?
Each ministry area is responsible for keeping their ministry pages up to date. The St. Luke's website has well over 100 pages. About 50% of them are updated monthly, several of those updated weekly or daily. There is no way for one person to be responsible for every page on our website. We automate as much as we possibly can using databases and web scripts but it's only set up on the pages that change the most. If you find a page that is out of date, please use the contact information at the bottom of the page to make us aware of the correction.
How is it determined what information goes on the home page?
St. Luke's offers so many different ministries, events, and other activities that it's impossible to showcase them all. We try to highlight information that will be beneficial to the most number of people while also introducing new ministries, study groups, etc. However, the key point to the St. Luke's home page is to reach new people. When new members are asked how they heard of St. Luke's, the website is the number one answer. So our target audience for the home page is seekers.
How many daily hits does the website get?
The St. Luke's home page receives an average of 150 hits per day. This count does not include any hits from computers on the St. Luke's intranet (i.e. staff computers).
Why are there different color schemes for different pages?
Every ministry at St. Luke's fall under one of five vision areas. They are: Reaching, Proclaiming, Nurture, Guiding, Deploy, and Support. To help everyone know the different visions areas we have given each vision a color. Red for Reaching, purple for Proclaiming, green for Nurture, yellow is for Guide, blue for Deploy, and orange for Operations. Visit the Ministries main page to know more about what each vision area represents.
What is RSS?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and is an XML web format. RSS consists of two parts, an RSS feed like what you see when you see the image, and an RSS reader that reads RSS files. RSS allows you to get information from websites without ever visiting the website. A benefit is the RSS reader will automatically update when the feed is updated on the website, and once you read an item you can delete it so next time you'll only get new items.
On the St. Luke's website we have several RSS feeds: The Upcoming Worship Schedule, the Posted Sermons Text and Audio, Upcoming Events, and Servant Minister (Volunteer) Opportunities.
How do I use RSS?
To use RSS you need an RSS reader. Once you have a reader follow the instructions on how to add an RSS feed to your reader. The Google directory of RSS readers are available here.
My question isn't listed here, where can I submit it?
You can submit your question to the Manager of Information Systems via our contact form. We'll answer your question normally within 48 hours.