Web Ministry Since 1996
humble beginnings of DPS in the year 1996 featured only a fraction of the resources
available today. Frank Schaefer, newly ordained minister in the United
Methodist Church, had a vision for an ecumenical group of preachers
interested in an exchange of thoughts on the weekly lectionary texts of the
Revised Common Lectionary on this new media called the world wide web.
Initially, Schaefer shared that it was difficult to find people that were willing to have
their contributions posted to a public site of a new media. Schaefer
first collaborated with several other cyber ministry pioneers, foremost Richard
Fairchild (who started Kir Shalom in the same
year). By 1998 the discussion site attracted several dozen preachers who
were discussing and sharing thoughts about the upcoming lectionary texts on
a weekly basis.
Media Coverage and Recognition
This is the appearance of the Desperate Preacher's Site in 1996 (click on the image to
visit the original site). At that time, there were only RCL Gospel forums.
The inclusion of the other Scripture forums came in January of '97 along with
the Discussion Board. Also in
'99, DPS found a visionary sponsor in Cokesbury; simultaneously, a
membership plan was set up for those who wished to support DPS
financially. The year 2000 also saw the start of DPS's subscription program--the
DPS Sermon Builder.
The Desperate Preacher's Site is a truly ecumenical ministry site that has grown and flourished on account
of ministry-oriented people like you. Many of the resource pages and forums that
were added over the years were originally suggested by registered users. Many of the
resources themselves have been and continue to be provided by DPSers-- preachers and
Christian educators from all walks of life, theological persuasions and from around the
globe. I thank God for the DPS ministry and for the multitude of wonderful DPSers.
May God continue to bless us together in this webspace called DPS for many years
Grace and peace,
DPS founder and director