|By Marketwired .||
|September 17, 2013 07:03 AM EDT||
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/17/13 -- Today marks the unveiling of the new Believe.com, a faith-based lifestyle destination designed to serve the Christian community. Based on a recent poll of ChristianMingle® members, 86 percent said they could use additional support in their daily walk with God but an overwhelming number of them (74 percent) were not aware of any current digital destinations that offer practical advice or inspirational messages for Christians. To solve that problem, Believe.com provides fresh content from leading Christian sources to address the faith-based community's needs.
"A tremendous amount of research and outreach to the community helped us determine the most important issues, trends and topics for today's online faith-based consumers," said Ashley Reccord, Christian Community Manager at Spark Networks (NYSE MKT: LOV), owner and operator of Gospel Media Group®, the premier network of Christian online resources, which includes Believe.com and ChristianMingle.com, among others. "Unlike any other content destination, Believe.com offers today's Christians a platform to engage, learn and pray in their everyday lives. Believe.com provides a supplement to Sunday service; its lifestyle content is an answer for the 70 percent of Christians who say they are highly interested in daily, practical ideas and solutions to support topics of faith, family, relationships and family-friendly entertainment."
To enable people to forge a deeper relationship with God, their families and communities, Believe.com's features include:
- "Contributor's Corner," which allows users to easily engage with content that highlights compelling messages, articles and sermons from renowned Christian leaders, best-selling authors and influencers, such as Jefferson Bethke, Sharon Jaynes, Jerry Jenkins and Mandy Hale.
- "Sunday Sermon," a video platform that enables people to catch up on sermons they may have missed or explore new and exciting voices they would not otherwise have had a chance to experience.
- "Pray It Forward," the most popular feature on Believe.com, serves as a central place for people everywhere to share their heartfelt prayers for others and bring healing to community members and communities in need.
To further interaction among the active online Christian community, Believe.com leverages social presences on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+. Believe.com also offers motivational resources designed to channel positive messaging to help guide members through their everyday life challenges, not just on Sunday, but Monday through Saturday as well, including an Inspirational Image of the Day, Testimonials and Bible Resources.
To celebrate its relaunch, Believe.com is declaring the month of October "National Pray It Forward" month to encourage Christians across the country to unite through prayer online, anytime, anywhere (Believe.com can be accessed easily with any mobile device). The movement is designed to showcase how Believe.com can be used to positively enhance and engage the Christian community. Based on the power of prayer and social media in today's fast-paced world, during the month of October, Believe.com is encouraging people to post prayers for other people or communities in need on Believe.com and through their personal social media accounts using the hashtag #prayitforward and messaging @Believe.
"With the experience of building an unprecedented audience on ChristianMingle, Spark Networks has become a recognized leader in the Christian marketplace," said Ted Gartner, Partner at Grace Hill Media, an advertising partner. "It's exciting to see the new Believe.com respond to the market demand for a modern, multi-platform Christian lifestyle site. Believe.com and the rest of the Gospel Media Group portfolio are a powerful platform for our advertising clients to reach the family-friendly audience. We are thrilled to be a launch sponsor of Believe.com to promote the upcoming film release 'Grace Unplugged' in theaters October 4th."
Believe.com® (www.Believe.com) is an inspirational faith-based lifestyle destination designed to serve the Christian community and help Christians build and live the life God intended. Believe.com is a part of the Gospel Media Group®, a premier network of online resources which is also comprised of ChristianMingle®.com (www.ChristianMingle.com), Faith.com (www.Faith.com), DailyBibleVerse.com (www.DailyBibleVerse.com) and ChristianCards.net (www.ChristianCards.net).