Proclaim17 NRB International Christian Media Convention and EZ-CMS updates
3/22/2017 7:00:00 AM by: Bruce Shank

Featured Partner at the NRB Convention

Celebration Web Design (SKWD) had a busy month as we attended two conferences, the Florida Christian Writers Conference in Leesburg, FL and Proclaim17 NRB International Christian Media Convention in Orlando. The Christian Writers Conference is always a blessing. We had the opportunity to see old friends and to meet new ones. The NRB convention was also a blessing in a different way. We shared a booth with one of our partners, Pastor Dan Allen, The Nathanael Project. We have worked with Dan over the past few years and helped him develop three websites; Joy in Jesus Ministries, 800 Follow Me and the Nathanael Project.

The kickoff for the Nathanael Project was at the NRB convention. The Nathanael Project is uniquely designed to light a spark under church folk when it comes to sharing their faith. The program explains the need to, preparation for, and tools to assist in sharing the Gospel in a non-confrontational manner. This project is an all-inclusive eight-week program for churches. The story of Nathanael can be found by reading John 1:43-51.

I want to share how God gave us the opportunity to witness at the convention.  As people walked by, the first question out of Dan’s mouth was, “Do you have a Nathanael?” The comments were very interesting. Most thought of their relatives and when they didn’t have a Nathanael, they said no. The next question Dan asked, “Are you a follower of Christ?”, many replied yes. Others were brutally honest and replied I don’t think so or no, I am not where I should be. In the time I was with Dan, I heard 5 individuals say they were not following Christ. Two of the no responses amazed me as they were workers from a booth with the theme “Freedom for Prayer.”  As a believer, I would think it would be very difficult to talk about freedom of prayer if you did not know the one to whom you are praying.

I am sharing this because, of all the conferences I have attended over the years, I really did not think about sharing my faith. We were there to offer ministries website development solutions. I assumed the people we talked with were believers. I’m not sure how many opportunities I’ve missed over the years, but I do know after sharing a booth with Pastor Dan and seeing how God used him, I will be looking for opportunities to share my faith at the next conference.

Do you have a Nathanael? I would guess that if you are a follower of Christ you probably do. Maybe it’s a neighbor, friend, relative or co-worker.  Tragically, only about twenty percent of Christians share their faith. As Dan puts it, ” That has to change if we are going to be Matthew 28:19-20 Christians.” Like me, I hope you are looking for opportunities to share your faith with your Nathanael and others.

To learn more about the Nathanael Project visit:

Our next blog will feature another partner Whispertones, a Christian Ohio Greeting Card Company

EZ-CMS Updates

Our latest update now allows release time to be set as well as the post date. The release time will no longer default to 12:00 am, you decide what post time you want to display. Enter the start date, hour and minute. 

Blog Picture Facebook Issue has been resolved. Facebook was not recognizing pictures uploaded to your blog  if the filename of the picture contained blanks or spaces. All blanks & spaces will now be automatically removed so your picture will display correctly on facebook.

Another request  – blog replies - In the management system you will now be able to reply to a coment during the review process.  Add your reply to a comment and an automatic email will be sent to the email address that was entered informing them of your reply. We also added a link in the email that allows direct access to your reply.

Standard/Text Page Timeout – While editing a standard/text page, if your session times out, you can now log back in without losing you work.



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Bruce Shank

Bruce is a graduate of Philadelphia University and has been working in the IT world for over 35 years. His experience ranges from programmer to president of Finpac Corporation, a software design firm. He is currently president of Celebration Web Design by SKWD Associates, LLC. Celebration Web Design is dedicated to designing, developing and hosting websites for ministries, businesses and non-profit organizations. Bruce is always looking for the opportunity to partner with others seeking to further God’s Kingdom.

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