Welcome to Our New Website! Taking the MTF Site to the Next Level

After many months of redesigning everything from the ground up, we have finally launched our new website!

What is different about our new site? Two main things: First, it is filled with more content, as our aim is to make the site an extensive resource for you in thinking through how to help your church integrate faith and work. Second, it is easier to use, with improved navigation and organization.

(Note: You can also view an abbreviated version of this tour — but we recommend this one!)

The Site Has More Content

For the last year and a half, our website has provided a basic introduction to faith and work integration. You could learn about us, see upcoming events, watch videos outlining our core ideas, and sign up for the network. It was helpful, but it was not yet the extensive equipping tool we have always envisioned.

Now we are taking things to the next level. Our goal is to make the site a comprehensive equipping tool for faith and work integration in your church. We want you to be able to go deep in learning a robust theology of work on the site through articles, sermons, messages, ebooks, and more. And we want you to be able to apply these realities in your church by helping you think through what faith and work integration looks like and give you equipping tools, stories, and examples to help transform your ministry.

We do this by curating the best resources on the web on faith and work integration, and by creating new resources. Our aim is for the site to be a one-stop-shop for you to find the best resources on how to connect Sunday to Monday in the life of your church.

The Resource Library: Curated Sermons, Articles, Messages, and More

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-1-08-16-pmTo start, we have added about 200 resources to the site. You will find some of the best sermons on faith, work, and economics, such as Tim Keller’s classic sermon simply titled “Work” and the recent “Neighborly Love” sermon series Christ Community did on the importance of economics to the life of the Christian.

You will find some of the best conference messages, such as the videos of all the messages from our Common Good 2015 conference. You will find some of the best articles, from Dorothy Sayers classic “Why Work” to Tom Nelson’s recent article in the Washington Times, “The Best Workers Make the Best Neighbors.” You will find ebooks, from the very helpful Economic Wisdom Project to the Puritan William Perkins’ “A Treatise on the Vocations.” And you will still find all of the faith and work thought leader videos and testimonies from the original site.

Going forward, our plan is to post new content on Mondays and Thursdays, and continue building out our curated library of resources until it is fully comprehensive.

The Store: Curated Books, DVDs, and Curriculum

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-1-09-29-pmIn our store, we also curate the best books, DVDs, and curricula on faith and work that cost money. (That’s the difference between our “Resource Library” and “Store,” by the way: the resource library is all free stuff; the “Store” is our curated collection of the best paid materials, with links to purchase them at Amazon. Purchasing items through our links also helps support Made to Flourish so we can continue providing our online content.)

We also provide our own summaries of why a book or resource is important for understanding faith and work whenever possible (and we will be adding more of these reviews), and you can also add your own review (such as on For the Life of the World).

City Networks: Learn What’s Going on In Your Area

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-1-16-09-pmIn our City Networks section, you can see on the map where we currently have city networks.

You can also see our city directors are and learn more about each network and what they have going on in their individual network pages. You will see a short description of each network, their upcoming events, recommended resources, and some photos.

By joining Made to Flourish, you automatically become part of the local city network in your area.

Events: All Major MTF and non-MTF Events in One Spot

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-1-14-56-pmIn our Events section, we have posted our upcoming online and major regional events, as well as all of the major non-MTF upcoming events as well, such as Serve the Work and Q Commons.

Our aim is that you can learn about all the major faith and work events that are coming up, in one spot.

If you know of some that we’ve missed, please let us know

About: Learn More About Who We Are

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-1-20-55-pmThe reworked About section provides more information on who we are, why we exist, what we believe, and what we do. You can check out our mission, our values, and why you should join the network. You may also be interested in viewing some of our short faith and work videos on why work matters, such as the very popular video, The Florist’s Story.

 

The Site is Easier to Use

The addition of all this content by itself would not be enough if we did not also do something else–make it as easy as possible to navigate and access.

That’s why usability has been our chief guiding principle in creating this site. We want you thinking hard about the content on the site—not about how to use the site. Therefore we sought to make the site well-organized, visually helpful, and uncluttered, so that access to our content would be quick, easy, intuitive and enjoyable. Here are some of the key benefits of the improved navigation and organization.

Always Know Where You Are

It’s no fun to be lost. Therefore we have provided navigation that stays with you throughout the site. The top navigation bar shows you the main sections of our site. Then the side navigation shows you the contents of the particular section that you are in, and stays with you throughout that section. As a result, you will always know where you are in relation to the whole site.

Quickly Get from One Place to Another

The top navigation and side navigation enable you not only to know where you are, but also to quickly get from one place to another.

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-12-55-05-pmIf you want to test this out, click into the screen shot to the left. You will find yourself in our “Resource Library” on the “Sermons” page. From that page, you can choose another resource category from the side navigation (such as “messages,” “articles,” “ebooks,” and so forth), or chose to go to an entirely different section of the site (such as “Store” or “Events”).

Browse Resources by Church, by Series, by Conference, and More

You will find that our content is organized in a way that enables you to view it from multiple perspectives, and easily switch from one view to another.

For example, you can view our resources by their type, such as sermons, messages, articles, examples, and so forth. We even have pastoral practice helps and corporate worship helps.

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-1-24-44-pmIf you look at the bottom of the right-hand navigation in the Resource Library, you will see that you can also view all of our resources by date, topic, author, Scripture text, conference, series, church, and pastoral focus.

This can be especially useful for discovering everything that is available. You can see all the topics covered on the site in the topic index, find everything from the same conference together in the conference index, or see everything we have by a certain author in the author index.

Discover Related Content

In addition to improving the organization and navigation, we also wanted to point you to related content that matches your interests. As a result, we typically list related resources or products at the bottom of each content page.

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-1-11-01-pmWe also list the topic for the resource at the top, and if the resource is a part of a series, we list the series so you can easily go to the page where you will find everything from that series. If applicable, you will also see the church or conference pertaining to that resource at the top, so you can see the wide variety of churches and conferences speaking to this issue today–and discover more of what they are doing.

See What We Recommend

Sometimes you may just want to see what resources we most highly recommend. Of course, we recommend every resource and product on the site, for otherwise we would not have it. But if you want to see what we especially regard as most fundamental, you can see our essential resources and essential products pages.

 

Communicate and Interact

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-1-26-18-pmAs central as content is to our vision of the site, the site (and Made to Flourish) is about more than content. It is ultimately about community and interaction around a shared vision, and putting that vision in to practice together.

Hence, we’ve highlighted some ways you can interact with one another by listing all of our city Facebook groups and providing contact information for our city directors in their profiles.

And, of course, we encourage you to keep up with us and interact with us on our national social media channels as well, including our Facebook page and on Twitter.

You will also see that we have updated our YouTube channel as well.

 

Join the Network and Spread the Word!

In sum, we hope you enjoy the new website and keep coming back as you continue in your journey to understand faith and work integration and why it is so important for our churches. We are just getting started.

If you are a pastor and aren’t already part of the network, apply to join and get involved with what we are doing!

If you are so inclined, please feel free to email the new site to people you think would be interested in it, as well as share it on social media.

And of course, we would always love to hear from you, so please feel free to contact us with any thoughts and suggestions you have at any time!

Topics: The Faith at Work Movement

About the Author

Matt Perman is former director of marketing at Made to Flourish and co-founder of What’s Best Next, an organization dedicated to helping Christians understand and implement gospel-driven productivity. He is also the author of What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done and is a frequent speaker on the gospel, work, and productivity.