Since 2013, Tyler and Vincent Rominger have been in the business of helping churches reach congregants.
The Battle Creek brothers are the owners of Ministry Designs, a website design company that has grown to now serve over 39,000 churches. As the demand for live-streaming and other web services has grown since the pandemic outbreak, the Romingers have expanded their business through the purchase of birdseed.io.
Birdseed.io is a website engagement tool that provides patented asynchronous video communication to some 10,000 business. The ministry initiative will add to the existing business services offered through the platform.
“There’s so much opportunity, I think, for not only churches, but small businesses,” Tyler Rominger said. “What everybody who owns a website is trying to do is humanize it. (Birdseed.io) allows you to interact in real time with website visitors… We saw the attractiveness of it for the church space, helping churches bridge the gap between in-person and virtual services.”
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According to a March report from the Pew Research Center study, 27% of responding US adults said they attended church services in-person, while 30% said they watched them online or on TV.
Created by Drew Sheahan, birdseed.io offers a chat box that can be used for live prayer, planned visits, contract options, and access to recent sermons and events and announcements.
Birdseed.io will be run independently as a subsidiary of Ministry Designs. Rominger said the acquisition will add about 10 jobs after operations move from Florida to Battle Creek. The brothers additionally own Collab BC, a collaborative workspace downtown in the Record Box building.
For more information, visit ministrydesigns.com.
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