Thursday 6th August 2020
About Digital Church
Why the name Digital Church?
Very simple. I bought the domain name at the same time as I bought Digital Town for my old web design business. Why waste a name I already owned.
Why publish books?
I had written the books "A Walk in the Park" and "The Faceless Church" many years ago when working on Missions in Poland and Norway. "A Walk in the Park" was to help non believers/young Christians to get the basics of what Christinaity was about. "The Faceless Church" was written to provoke churches into thinking about how they are percieved from the outside. In both cases the books got self published. As stocks of "A Walk in the Park" ran out I felt led to print a new batch but this time got an ISBN number. It soon became obvious that major publishers would not take on the books and the normal self publishing routes would make the books expensive, something I wanted to avoid so it was a case of do it yourself.
Why the online Teaching?
As a pastor of a small church I'm often producing teaching for the church but at the same time many things are just the result of my own bible study. This was a way of being able to share this with others for free.
Who runs Digital Church?
My name is Simon Coward, I have the principal responsibility for the Pastoral oversight of West Side Fellowship (Click here) in Worcester UK. Along with my wife Liz, I have been involved in ministry for 30 years in more than 30 countries in a variety of roles working with a number of different denominations. We have been married for 29 years and have three children as well as being unofficial adopted parents to a number of others.
The last 20+ years have been focused mainly on preaching, teaching and evangelism in a number of places but particularly Poland, a country with which he has developed a special bond. A driving force formy ministry has been Romans 12v1-2.
“ Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ”
It is a scripture that has been a driving force not only for outward ministry but also as a guide to the way my life should be lived in obedience to God. I have always had a desire to see brothers and sisters in the Lord laying down their lives in service to God as the more we lower ourselves in worship and obedience the more His name is lifted up. Although now in full time ministry I have also had a secular career starting out as a mechanical engineer and various other part time jobs between missions before teaching myself computer programming which eventually led to running my own web design company specialising in databases before going on to manage a software programming team. So nothing special, just a normal person doing his best to serve the Lord.
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