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Avoid website-building mistakes

  • Develop a communications strategy that includes marketing the website.
  • Prioritize usability, layout and design.
  • Go with expert help. If you must build your site in-house, at the very least use a template-based website provider like E-zekiel, Go Daddy or Wix.
  • Planning and implementing either a...
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Reflection questions about your website

  • 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?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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UMI publishes African American resources for a wide range of African American denominations and congregations. There are curricula and other resources for all ages. Children’s resources include...

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Teachers and ministry leaders will find free tips, tools and articles on a variety of topics, including leadership, volunteers, and administration. Children’s Ministry magazine’s e-version can be...

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Two lively video discussions, about 15 minutes each, are part of a weekly series by Dr. Kris Tenny-Brittian, a Disciples of Christ regional minister and consultant, and Dr. Bill Tenny-Brittian, a...

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The issue of clergy sexual misconduct is on the mind of virtually every congregational leader today. Keeping Our Sacred Trust is an online training program for preventing clergy sexual misconduct....

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This website contains abundant information culled from the Pew Forum’s work on the U.S. Religious Landscape. Based on interviews with more than 35,000 adults, this research specifies the religious...

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Demographic information for congregations is readily available, sometimes free and sometimes for a price. The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) is the best free website of religious...

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Sometimes, information and conversation about religion in America shows up in unlikely places. Such an unlikely place is the blogosphere represented by The Huffington Post. An entire section of...

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Have you found yourself in a conversation about something regarding religion and the news and been off balance because you didn’t know enough of the story? When online news blurbs and USA Today...

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Stephen Prothero is an author and professor in the Department of Religion at Boston University. His website is a good introduction to this book and other material he has produced. The site...

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