Does your church have a great website? 

My guess is that your church has a website.  The majority of websites I see for churches are horrible.  You not only need a website, but you need a great one.  Why?  Because it is the new front door to your church.  People used to walk through the doors to discover what a church is like.  Now they google it.  Is your church set up in a way that attracts people when they come to your churches website?

Here are 5 ways to make your website great:

1. Build it right.   Unless you are a programmer stay away from coding your site with dreamweaver or some other web design program.  Go with wordpress.  Here is a post can help you set up a site with wordpress in 10 simple steps.  Once you have a wordpress site, get a great theme.  I recommend some from elegant themes.  If you need help please message me and I will walk you through this.

2. Give multiple people control.  With wordpress you can set up multiple users.  This is a great way to let the staff member of your church “own” their page for ministry.

3. If you don’t have time, buy a site.   A great website is clover.  They make amazing sites.  Another great place to get a website built  is church os.

4. Use social media.   Build social media into it.  Use a facebook page, or group.  Get your youth pastor to send out tweets of what is going on.  Use this to make your website dynamic.  Stay away from being an old school way of communicating.  People come to a website to get to know you.

5. Constantly change.   Before you know it your website is out of date.  You need to constantly be updating it and tweaking the site.  People know if things don’t change for a year.

Does your church have a ok, good, or great website? 

  • Our website drives me crazy, we are currently working on a new one (thank goodness).  Currently each pastor is responsible for updating their section of the website and keeping it up to date – this is not working and plus most of them have no idea how to make their pages look great.  So its resulted in a lot of different looking pages (like different fonts, colors, pictures) and outdated information.  Just wondering, how do most churches or churches with great sites manage their pages – is it done by the pastors, lay person or another staff publications type person?  We are a growing church whose dynamic is changing and we need to get our online presence right!  Thanks so much!  Just found your site and I’m looking through it all now.

    • Megan, Thanks for the comment. I know how you feel. I have developed websites for churches, and the people in them have no idea how to use it. I would recommend having someone “own” the site, and oversee it. I would also get the person who designed it to come in and do an orientation session on how you should use the website.

      One question, are the pastors older?

      • Thanks for the response! Besides my husband (who is the youth pastor) I would say that yes, they are older.  I’m hoping that we can talk them into realizing that we need a site overseer – someone who is younger and in the know when it comes to website stuff :).  I just don’t think they see the website as a big deal or that important – or they are just really intimidated by it.  

        • Great comment. I think the problem is that older pastors don’t understand how community is being built online. For a church to have a web presence, it becomes a game changer.

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