PDF download, weekly email blast are two Index enhancements to keep readers informed

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The brown box on the right side of the Index’s home page is how readers subscribe to the free weekly email blast. JOE WESTBURY/Index

Have you worked a good crossword puzzle lately?

How about downloaded and printed out a twice-monthly overview of The Index to share with a shut-in or those of your Sunday School class or small group?

Do you subscribe to the weekly email blast which more than 26,000 readers receive every Wednesday afternoon? This popular feature was designed to remind readers of stories they may have missed in the past few days, complete with links to the website.

Visiting our website at christianindex.org is a great way to start, but there is more that you may be missing out on.

There is easily more than one way to keep in touch with Georgia Baptists and how they – and you – can be a part of Kingdom Building and transforming society for Christ.

Free pdf download

The PDF feature was added in January 2016 when The Index ceased print publication and moved to 100% online distribution. This enhancement allows readers to download a file directly from our website and print it on their home computer.

This feature also allows churches to print the four-page black-and-white product in the church office and provide it to senior adult Sunday School classes that request the service, or place copies in the foyer for others to enjoy.

Readers can download the twice-monthly PDF file by clicking on this graphic on the right-hand side of the website home page.

By distributing the PDF to those who still want a print edition – and the very popular crossword puzzle – churches save hundreds of dollars a year from providing the now-discontinued tabloid print edition and channel those funds to local and state missions efforts.

The PDF version is provided at no cost and is a highly efficient way to keep Georgia Baptists of all ages informed of what is going on in neighbor churches. In this creative approach, The Index provides the free content and the church provides the distribution.

The PDF comes in an 8.5×11-inch format, the size of a traditional sheet of letterhead, and include a condensed version of stories that have recently appeared at www.christianindex.org, along with the crossword, editorial by Editor Gerald Harris, and Open Door commentary by Georgia Baptist Mission Board Executive Director J. Robert White.

And to many of our readers delight, it is the only place through The Index where they can continue to work the popular Christian crossword.

To download the PDF, which is posted the first and third Wednesday of every month, go to the website and click on the red box on the home page that says “Twice Montly PDF Download.” The red box is located underneath the box to subscribe to the weekly email.

Free weekly email blast

In addition to the PDF, The Index sends out a weekly email reminder to readers who want to be alerted to breaking news of the past 24 hours and an overview of some of the more interesting stories which they may have missed. Each item comes with its own link to make it easier for readers to click-and-go right to the source.

To subscribe to the email go to the home page and fill in the blanks in the beige box in the upper right-hand corner that reads “Subscribe For Email Updates!”

Breaking new records

The Index continues to break new records in providing original news and feature content to its readers. The most recent statistics show readers from 10 nations are regularly consuming content from the website.

After the United States, the nations with the greatest readers are Canada, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, South Africa, India, Philippines, Kenya and Malaysia.

The most widely read stories from May 1 through May 14, in descending order, are:

  • Clarkston International approves historic NAMB partnership;
  • Tuned out: Church struggle to find music leadership;
  • Palmetto Baptist remembers longtime worship leader, missions advocate;
  • Evangelist Bill Strum – at home in heaven;
  • A conservative flame thrower is silenced (editorial); and
  • NFL’s Don Hansen was never allured by the limelight.

The current Bible study always shows up in the 10 Ten, along with the classifieds. To advertise for church staff or secular positions; list items for lease, sale or rent; or list mission opportunities, contact Classified Advertising Coordinator Donna Ward at (770) 936-5590.