Like myself, many of you are probably anxiously awaiting the new global top-level domain (gTLD) registry for .church.
Appealing, isn’t it?
Here’s the latest news from the very awesome LifeChurch.tv:
Some time ago, you signed up for updates on LifeChurch.tv’s progress in securing the global top-level domain registry for .church. To refresh your memory, we applied to become a registry for a few reasons:
- To create a clearly identified namespace for churches and religious organizations, which would make it easier for people to discover, connect with, and share those ministries
- To ensure the .church domain would be widely open to churches around the globe and not limited to one group or special interest
- To make .church domain names available to churches at an affordable price
Since you expressed interest in .church domain names, we wanted to update you first about a recent development. Another organization, Donuts Inc., also applied for the same name. Since only one organization is allowed to be the registry, we’ve been involved in a process to determine who that will be. We recently wrapped up that process, and Donuts Inc. will be the registry for .church.
While we’re disappointed we won’t be able to steward this resource, we’re pleased that the initial objectives above are likely to be achieved with the new registry.
Because we won’t operate the registry, we are not aware of plans regarding availability or timing for .church domain names. Please direct any questions to Donuts Inc.
We believe the use of .church will ultimately be a win for the global Church and we’re looking forward to seeing how ministries are going to leverage this new space.
Thank you for your interest and support!
The LifeChurch.tv team
Thank you, LifeChurch.tv!
I think it’s great that these guys took a crack at landing .church and agree that this will “ultimately be a win for the global Church.”
Are you anxious for .church?
I am afraid of all the ugliness that comes with the domain name game. I’ve been tempted to snag some up to try and make a few bucks, but the idea of purchasing domain names solely with the intent of profiting off of it makes me feel like a crummy Internet citizen.