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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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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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Public relations professional Lauren Hunter is the founder of Church Tech Today, an online resource concerned with congregational use of technology as a communications tool. Hunter says Church Tech...

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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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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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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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As a church communications specialist, Yvon Prehn says her objective is to assist congregations that are seeking to “fulfill the Great Commission.” Prehn’s Effective Church Communications (ECC)...

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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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Lynne Baab’s overriding desires are that congregations become clear about who they are and what they believe - their values, principles, mission, and goals - and that congregations accurately...

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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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Those looking for information about visual arts and worship might not think to look on one of today’s trendiest websites-Pinterest! Yet, all it takes is typing in the home page search the words...

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This resource directs people in interfaith relationships - individuals, couples, families - to information about Jewish life and how to make appropriate choices. Links to specific information, such...

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This collection of informative, inspirational, and insightful speech transcripts can be a source of encouragement for congregations and individuals, who are serving as care-givers. The speeches,...

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This website serves as clearinghouse giving information and support to chronically ill persons through an on-line community, daily devotionals, and articles on a variety of topics, such as What...

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The New York and Philadelphia Yearly Meetings of Friends (Quakers) developed a set of resources to help Meetings (Quaker congregations) address issues faced by older adults. This website provides...

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The mission of this organization, based at the intersection of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, is to “promote whole-person health through faith groups in the communities they serve.” Resource lists...

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What are the marks of effective congregational ministries that establish faith as a vital factor in the lives of young people? A national congregational study entitled Exemplary Youth Ministry...

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Confirmation is reimagined in this curriculum from Rich Melheim’s {{Faith5 organization | http://www.faith5.org}}. The material’s relational/experiential format, based on up-to-date understandings...

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Youth leaders will find research-based thinking and practices to enrich their leadership and programs. Experienced practitioners provide blogs, articles, recommended resources and an interactive...

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Sometimes, numbers do help. This resource will provide you with data. It is the website for the National Congregations Study. The newest data was posted in the winter of 2014. How can you use the...

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