A Brief History of Rotation.org
In 1997, the Rotation.org website was created by Neil MacQueen to share his church's original Rotation manual, seminar articles, and lesson plans.
From 1998-2000, Neil and a group of Rotation friends managed and expanded the site with more lessons, paying for it out of their own pockets and the occasional donation. These folks came from a variety of mainline churches across the US and Canada, and include volunteers, pastors, and Christian educators.
In 2001, a message board was added --allowing others to post lesson ideas and discuss topics with each other. It was a first for Christian education, and set the course for what we were to become --a website that can archive great materials of any age so that they are here when YOU need them (and not subject to publishing/marketing/product constraints).
In 2001, a large donation from a Rotation church allowed us to hire part-time coordinators, Phyllis and Ken Wezeman. In addition to helping people with the site, they began shepherding a group of volunteer writers known as "the Writing Team."
In 2005, our first official volunteer Board of Directors was formed and took over management and decision making at the site.
In 2008, Rotation.org was incorporated as a non-profit. Ownership of the site was officially transferred from Neil to Rotation.org Inc. Later that year, Neil stepped off the Board and into an advisory role to make room for new leaders.
In 2010, in order to help fund and expand the site, the Board started offering annual memberships through its Supporting Member program.
In 2012, Rotation.org began a major review and renovation of content. Later that year we also moved everything on our site to a new "platform" (the software behind our site).
Acutely aware of our growing technical and editing needs, in the fall of 2012, the Board hired Neil as it's very-part-time webmaster and "content renovator." From 2012-2014, Neil worked with a group of volunteers and Board members to "read, weed, and feed" our public lesson forums.
In 2013, Rotation.org was accepted into Google Adwords' grant program, which gives non-profits $10,000 worth of free search engine advertising on Google every month!
Early in 2015, the Board voted to review and replace ten years worth of Writing Team lessons. In May of that year, the Board hired Neil to lead that effort and work with members of the Board to write new lesson sets to meet our evolving standards.
In late 2015 and early 2016, our site's software platform once again underwent a major layout and feature transformation in order to make our site 100% compatible and "responsive" on all types of computers and screen sizes.
In 2017, the Board approved more work on the Writing Team lesson sets and expanded presence on Facebook. We also began to more broadly adapt our "Rotation Style" lessons to the wider audience that comes to our website and who use a variety of models, times, and places to teach Bible lessons to kids.
In 2020-21, we undertook a herculean effort to adapt many of our lessons for online and at-home use during the COVID pandemic.
In 2022 we are preparing to celebrate our 25th Birthday and many more to come.
Our 2022 Rotation.org Board of Directors
- To teach others about the Workshop Rotation Model for Sunday School.
- To offer a "lampstand" for creative teachers and lesson writers so that others may see and enjoy their gifts.
- To be a place where Rotation educators can support one another and ask questions.
- To be an innovative and open online resource for all Sunday Schools, Rotation or otherwise.
- To demonstrate to the denominations a new and exciting way not only to do Sunday School, but a way to create and share creative content online across the grassroots and denominational lines.