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Avoid Mistakes Building Your Website

  • “Build it and they will come” is totally erroneous in the website world. If your congregation is building a website, you will need to develop a communications strategy that includes marketing the website.
  • Technology is not the most important facet of developing a website. Prioritize...
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Learning Website Basics

For website strategy, start with the article Designing Your Congregation’s Website. Learn good practices from other congregations by reading What Makes A Good Church Website.

A go-to online resource for the Center for Congregations IT Director is Lauren Hunter’s website Church Tech...

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Websites: Ask Yourself

  • What is your budget? 
  • What are your goals for the website? To share information, gather new information, reach new people, advertise, etc.
  • Who will maintain the site? Can they devote enough time to this work?

Why Invest in a Website?

Websites are now the “front door” for congregations, and having a web presence is no longer optional. Visitors often search for a new church home using the internet. Investing the right resources in a website can help your congregation draw in new visitors and better interact with...

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The Transforming Church Insight (TCI) assessment tool has been a helpful learning tool for many different kinds of congregations. The tool has proven helpful because it focuses on topics often not...

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The Church Assessment Tool (CAT), created by {{Holy Cow Consulting | https://holycowconsulting.com/}}, helps those seeking accurate data in preparation for one or more of the following: pastoral...

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Mark Stephenson, known nationally as the “Church Cyber-guy,” has been a volunteer leader since 1997 at Ginghamsburg UMC where he developed a website that hosts more than 50,000 visitors per month...

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What makes for a good congregational website? Of course, “good” may be in the eye of the user. Yet, there are some commonly accepted standards. This blog from Illinois-based ReFrame Media provides...

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The author of The Social Church, Justin Wise, teaches organizations how to build larger online audiences. He is also part of the continuing education faculty of Luther Seminary’s KAIROS program....

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Determining the need for outside professional help can sometimes be confusing for pastoral leaders. Knowing who to call, what questions to ask and what qualities and expertise to look for are...

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Far more than “happy talk,” positive change processes refer to a series of techniques and tools that help congregations to identify their life-giving core and design a preferred future. This...

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Based on the Center for Congregation's inquiry on congregational conflict, the Conflict in Congregations Special Report is intended to help lay and clergy leaders understand the nature and dynamics...

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We now know that people first get to know your congregation through your website. We also know that there is an abundance of web development resources. The quality of these resources vary greatly....

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In the early stage of any strategic planning process, it is critical to take a close look at the congregation and the community in order to clearly understand the needs of people both inside and...

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Wallis Metts, Jr., Ph.D., professor of communication at Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Michigan, is also an associate pastor at Countryside Bible Church in Jonesville, Michigan. Metts’ free...

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A bit dated-for example, the new technology overview was written in 2009-this training resource, from a team of legal and financial experts at Christianity Today, offers a solid primer on best...

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It’s been said that the website is the congregation’s new front door. A current, user-friendly website is a must for a congregation. The website needs to make a great first impression and function...

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Online giving is increasing in popularity. SecureGive is a vendor of online giving services for congregations and other nonprofit organizations. They can receive donations via on-site kiosks,...

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The Center for Church Communication provides church communicators with resources, models, learning opportunities, ideas, and inspiration for clearly communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ: “We...

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SimpleGive is an online giving software vendor that brings technology to religious groups and other nonprofits. SimpleGive can receive donations via computers, smartphones, on-site kiosks, and text...

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“If crowdfunding invites us into the joy of giving in new ways, what should the church be learning from it?” Answers are practical and accessible in this free e-guide from a stewardship expert. It...

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With reason, research, statistics and stories-and without “Ain’t it awful” handwringing or “Isn’t it grand” hyperbole-the authors deliver a smart construct for understanding our new social reality....

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The Hospitality Audit is a free web resource designed by Chris Walker, Presbyterian pastor and church evangelism coach. The audit is a nine-page downloadable survey to help congregations take a...

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Calvin Institute of Christian Worship provides a preview of the best worship resources available today-including ones on Taizé worship. The institute is committed to the study and renewal of...

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