What your church website should do

Based on what we've seen in church websites for the past several years, there's a lot of different ideas that can encompass a good church website. Your site might overwhelm visitors if you tried to give everything on this list equal attention on your site, but this could be a reference point for new ideas.

Ideas for your church website
  • Welcome and attract new visitors
  • Be a tool for members to invite others
  • Communication vehicle for current members
  • Get people involved in ministry
  • Be a 24/7 info resource about our church
  • Be a center of spiritual resources for members throughout the week
  • Interact with members throughout the week about spiritual and life issues
  • Share the gospel with seekers
  • Be graphically and visually stimulating (good design = perceived credibility)

Audience:

  • Potential visitors between 18-45 years old (primary)
  • Regular attenders between 18-45 years old (secondary)

Possible information:

  • Service times
  • Driving directions/map
  • Building floor-plan
  • Nursery/childcare info
  • Staff directory
  • Info about the church
  • What we believe
  • Gospel presentation
  • What to expect (visitors)
  • Current ministry opportunities
  • Current news
  • FAQs
  • Calendar
  • Newsletters (email and print)
  • Weekly bulletins
  • Contact form
  • Denominational news
  • Missionary updates

Media

  • Sermon podcasts (video/audio)
  • Sermon archives
  • Sermon transcripts
  • File and document sharing/downloads
  • Event promotional tools (e-invites, postcards, flyers)
  • Photo galleries

Interaction

  • Pastor, director and missionary blogs (sermon teasers, additional sermon thoughts, family discussion questions, etc.)
  • Small group discussions
  • Scripture reading lists
  • "Ask the pastor"
  • Share prayer requests
  • Testimonies
  • Sermon Q&A
  • Polls/surveys

Miscellaneous

  • Online giving
  • Online registration for events/classes
  • Volunteer screening process

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