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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 |}}, helps those seeking accurate data in preparation for one or more of the following: pastoral search,...

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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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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 |}}. 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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These days, you need time to browse information without a specific purpose. Scanning the landscape allows connections to be made even when you aren’t looking for them. The Faith & Leadership...

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The heft of this website on spirituality is equally matched by its straightforward format that enables visitors to find what they’re looking for or browse for eternity. Spirituality and Practice...

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According to Peter Scazzero, pastor and author of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and The Emotionally Healthy Church, the missing components of most spiritual formation approaches are the...

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If you have a question about the Bible or are looking for Bible study resources related to spirituality, there’s probably no better place to look than Christianity Today’s website. Over 1000 Bible...

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The website associated with the Religion News Service (RNS) strives to be a single source of news about religion. Its purpose is to inform civic conversation on matters relating to belief. RNS is...

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Health care mandates. Child abuse reporting laws. Same-sex marriage rulings. Every month, laws and judicial decisions are made that affect the way congregational leaders manage. This website (a...

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Vibrant Faith @ Home is an interactive, online resource center that offers free faith formation tips and tools to build a “stronger, more faith-focused family.” Its offerings are based on the Four...

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