Life Church Oshawa exists to be a faith community, committed to actively participating in the Mission of God in our community and beyond. We will do this by helping each other grow and encouraging one another to go.
When Matthew came aboard in 2011 under the direction of Pastor Randy Gill Life Church Oshawa was hosting there site on tripod.com with their own domain name. Matthew took the site and moved it over to a reconized host and secured the domain lifechurchoshawa.org and created the 2nd site using the WordPress Content Management System. Before moving the final edits to lifechurchoshawa.com
The 2nd site Matthew took all of the important information relevant information and added anything that he felt was missing. The first thing that Matthew did was turn our Monday Minute into a weekly blog post written by Pastor Randy Gill. We instituted a Kids Minute so that the parents knew what was going in Kids Ministries. Pastor Randy started a Google Calendar and we embedded it into the website. On of the newest editions to the site was “Our Team” it was a photo, social media and a short paragraph about the Lead Pastor and his team. Matthew periodically video recorded sermons and embedded them into the website. Then we also added at Pastor Randy’s request a missions section with Local, Canadian and World missions the church supported. Life Church already had a Facebook group and with that Matthew created an Instagram, Youtube and Facebook Fan Page to start a social media program.
The Current Website Designed in 2016-2017 is the 3rd design of their website and the 1st after the “blending/merger” of Thrive Community Church with Life Church Oshawa and this was under the direction of Pastor Randy Gill and Worship Leader Kevin Theriault. This website was to combine the best parts of Life Church’s Website with the best portions of Thrive Community Church’s last website. Matthew took the colours of Thrive Community Church and Life Church Oshawa to create the colour scheme of the website. Going with the idea of a bigger more informational site Matthew went to work.
Matthew streamlined the menu and offered main pages for each section like About, Kids Ministry etc.. Then on the main pages for each section Matthew created buttons that would link to the sub pages for each section (see about) Matthew forms for the Connection Card and Membership Application so they could be done online. We still had all the information from the 2nd version of the site but Matthew updated all of the Pastor & his teams bios. Matthew expanded the leadership section to include The Worship & Creative Arts Teams. Matthew was given permission to record the sermons and post them to the website each week. We also tested out the idea of Live Streaming the service and using the archive to create video sermons that would show the bible verses, speakers slides, any shown videos along side an intro and exit.
Matthew also utilized the morning Worship creating videos of one song per video and embedded them into a playlist on the font page beside the sermons. Live Streaming was temporarily shut down in March of 2017 until further notice
The last thing that was new to the website was the addition of a podcast available on iTunes Store and Google Play Music. Now the sermons could be taken on the road using any iOS and Android device. Pastor Randy added the addition of online giving now you could setup 1 time giving, or monthly tithing through Canada Helps and last but not least we added our Life Group dates and times.