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Notice of ForMinistry Transition

Dear ForMinistry Editors:

An important decision has been reached after prayerful and careful consideration about After over a decade of serving the church in web ministry, ForMinistry will permanently shut down on October 31, 2013.

This decision was not reached lightly.

Since 1999, the ForMinistry platform has offered free web-building services to thousands of small-to-mid-sized churches. We removed cost barriers for churches interested in exploring this new online frontier and also provided inclusion into a larger online church directory. American Bible Society enabled more than 180,000 churches to benefit from these free resources.

However, the market has changed and today numerous choices for web-building providers are available to meet these needs. They range from free to fee-based offerings depending on the array of features desired; we believe that these tools are better placed to keep pace with ongoing changes and serve the needs of the church community.

American Bible Society has decided to defer to the current market leaders and focus its resources on other Bible engagement efforts. Refocusing our energies as we transition this service will enable us to forge new ways to serve the church — investing in innovative digital efforts needed by the church today.

We want to help your transition go as smoothly as possible.

We have researched and identified several key service providers we believe will be able to serve you well.

Please consider transferring your website to one of the proven providers recommended at

What should you do now?

Please complete your website content migration as soon as possible in order to avoid losing content and interrupting your web ministry to your online constituents. For more information about this transition, refer to the transition FAQs at

Thank you for being a part of ForMinistry’s web ministry. It has been our pleasure to serve alongside you. We will keep you updated as American Bible Society develops new and innovative Bible engagement tools that you can use to expand your reach in the digital space.

The Team