.church Domain Names on the Way?

new tdls top level domainsNext year hundreds of new top-level domains (TLDs) will be introduced and .church may be among them thanks to LifeChurch.tv.

The innovative mega-church which produced the wildly popular YouVersion bible app (50 million free downloads & counting), has submitted an application to ICANN to manage the .church domain extension.

According the Christian Post, “under the LifeChurch.tv proposed .church registration, the URL would be open to churches, denominations and organizations of all faiths and religious beliefs. As a self-sustaining initiative, .church domains would be available for purchase at a reasonable cost and on a first-come, first-served basis with no auctions or bulk purchasing.”

We at OurChurch.Com register hundreds of domain names for churches every year. So I can tell you from firsthand experience that it can be very difficult for a church to find an available domain name that is a good fit. A new .church extension would give churches new options, and options that would be easy to remember and clearly indicate they are a church.

Kudos to LifeChurch for taking another bold move to advance the Kingdom of God online!

What do you think about the possibility of new .church domain names? If  .church domains become available will you encourage your church to register one?

In addition to commenting here, ICANN is seeking public feedback on all new TLD applications. You can also voice your support or concerns here.

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

3 Responses to “.church Domain Names on the Way?”

  1. i'm not sure how i feel about this – i guess if some churches want one, go for it – as for me, i will stick with the .com or .net – as far as finding domain names – for those of us in the emerging conversation it is simple – i don't know of many traditional or contemporary churches looking to register names like "wherehouse9" or "the scum of the earth" or "churchof misfits" :)

  2. For me it is always good to create a church domain, what do you think? .church? hmmm but i think it's not good to hear because we always hear the old ones. No Carb Diet Sample Meal Plan

  3. .church TLD is really a good idea when you are allowing .gay or .xxx tlds then .church has the right to launch in my opinion.