Jane Horstman, Database Manager, The Mississippi Conference of The UMC
Jane Horstman, the Database Manager for the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church, saw multiple problems with her 11 districts’ websites. They were either non-existent, out-dated, or off-brand.
For those unaware, “conferences” and “districts” are regions of The United Methodist Church responsible for managing a set of churches. Conferences are kind of like “states” and districts are like “counties” within the “states”.
There was no easy way for her to communicate to a specific district, or for the district staff to painlessly manage a website in addition to their jobs. It was a lose-lose situation. She either had to reformat and rework content for each individual site or have staff figure it out on their own. No web development fairies or anything like that, just a lot of duplicated effort and posting the same thing multiple times.
Brick River is located in the little southern nib between Massachusetts and Maine. And to me, northern New Hampshire feels like a foriegn country. Mississippi is five times larger. I imagine they feel similar. For example, if you want people to sign up for a local event, a regional platform can speak to the people who care the most. But having to log into three or four different free website creators to resize the same damn picture gets frustrating… It also wastes a lot of time.
Jane hates that kind of stuff because she's smart. So she worked with us to give her districts sites.
Jane wanted a clean design that made it easy to find information and communicate important news like local events. She doesn’t want people to have to dig and scroll for excessive amounts of time to find what they need.
“Brick River has formed a team of people who are creative, out-of-the-box thinkers and problem solvers. If you can dream it they can create it. And their customer service and support are amazing—they go the extra mile. They've even responded to me at 10 o'clock at night. That tells me that I matter. Bottom line: I definitely recommend Brick River!”