Your church should have a website. There, I’ve said it. I know that there are some of you out there that disagree with this, but the simple truth is that you need to have a place of contact out there on the Internet if you want the younger generation to find out about you.

Over the next several weeks, I’d like to take a look at why your church should have a website, if it doesn’t, and let you know about the service that we provide for churches to get a presence on the web.

The first reason that your church should have a website is so that people can find you.

It used to be that the place to put your ad was the paper or the yellow pages. And it’s true that these are not bad places to have your information. However, more people– myself included– use the Internet to find churches in an area, find information (like a phone number) on the church, and find directions for the church.

If you want those who are new in the area or have the same beliefs that you have to find your church easily, then you will want to have information about who you are in a place that they can find.

Think, for a moment, about how many churches of your denomination are in a given area. Think about the differences in beliefs, tastes in worship, and other discriminating factors. Think about the different services you church itself might offer– contemporary vs. traditional service is one thing that comes to mind. Now, if you’re new to the area, wouldn’t you like to have one place that you could find information about what a given church believes?

With a few simple pages on the Internet you can direct someone on how to get to your church, when your services are and what style, your doctrinal position (more on this later), and even show a picture of the church.

If you want them to come, then you need to make it easy for them to find you.


3 Comments

Mary · May 29, 2007 at 2:52 pm

Found you through MInTheGap’s website and wanted to thank you for making this a ministry! What a great need you’ll fill. I’m so grateful for my own church website, as a member I can easily access praise and prayer request forums, I can check the calendar to see when my next turn at Children’s Story or nursery duty is…plus we have live feeds of news important to our Christianity in this culture.

I agree it is so important, whether you are church hunting locally, or moving to a new town…if you can get an in-depth look at a church it really cuts down on all the church shopping one has to do. You can easily get discouraged when weeks turn into months and you haven’t found the right “church” yet. I’d think websites would really narrow that search beneficially.

God bless as you expand your business for Him!

Adam · May 30, 2007 at 11:33 am

Thanks for the gracious comments, Mary. I’ll have to stop by MInTheGap and make sure that I thank him for the link.

I think that a lot of what you can do depends on how many people you have in your membership and how often they are online. In a big congregation I could see a forum working well– and prayer requests could work as long as you have some security. You always have the problem of forum moderation, but as long as you have caring individuals to serve in this way it can be done.

Nothing will replace actually visiting the church, seeing the people, and hearing the pastor, but a church website is a good first step.

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