Purpose + Vision

The Name

Our reason for existing is to glorify the One whose name is above all names. We want to serve the Lord Jesus Christ with our talents, and teach others to realize the potential they have. The name Godbit helps to put this in proper perspective. On the one hand, you have God who is infinite in all ways, and on the other you have the infinitesimal, immeasurably small bit of data. We seek to refine the quality in even the minuscule nuances of code, to the glory of God.

It has been pointed out that it also carries another meaning. Food for thought:

Godbit means a small piece of something good in Norwegian, especially in reference to food. – Jørgen Arnor Gårdsø Lom

Our Beliefs

We are a ragtag group of Christians, hailing from multiple denominations. While we concede minuscule differences in the way our respective churches interpret Scripture, we agree on the core tenets of the Bible, and the concept of the divine Trinity. The crux of our beliefs is summarized by the Nicene Creed, one of the first succinctly written statements of faith in the early church.

Our Mission

The purpose of this site is to help the Church catch up with the rest of the world in adherence to Web Standards given by the World Wide Web Consortium, the governing body of best-practices on the Internet. The majority of Christian web design agencies are using outmoded methods of coding to create websites that the rest of the world would scoff at. Basically, they are stuck in the 1990’s.

This is so common in fact, that the term “Christian” when associated with the Internet has become synonymous with “sub-par.” Without pointing fingers specifically, some of these practices include misuse of JavaScript, malformed (X)HTML, all-Flash websites, and over-dependence on tables for layout.

We realize that if anything is going to change, we need to stop simply poking fun at these agencies, and start educating them, as well as making churches and pastors aware of how they are being short-changed by doing business with such individuals. Our vision then, is to highlight churches, freelance designers and web agencies that are on the cutting-edge of web methodologies, in order to give others something to aspire after. We want to be a city on a hill.

Our Methods

To facilitate this, we have a Featured Sites gallery, in which we offer examples of what we feel are the firstfruits of website design and development in the Christian arena. We also have made available a forum in which anyone can feel free to ask questions on how to better improve their church or company’s use of the web. This is geared towards the pastor who wants to best steward a budget for a website, or the Christian agency that realizes it’s time to change.

Likewise, we welcome those who are already experts in the field to come and share their knowledge. We realize that no one person can do everything well, and so we hope that through engaging in a community discussion, we can all learn from one another, and in so doing be like iron sharpening iron, spurring one another on to further understanding, and greater achievement. To match names to faces, we periodically share meals together at Godbit dinners, in conjunction with various conferences such as SXSW.

We pledge that this site will always remain free of obtrusive advertisements. That way, if we do feature any products or services, you will know that it serves a purpose we believe in, and not something of poor quality that we are trying to pass off as better than it is. On the same token, we do not anticipate featuring church websites simply because they are submitted. We will thoroughly review each submission, only after which a decision will be made.