Website Planning for Churches Part 3
This is the final part of website planning for churches series. Following this I will be making a video reviewing various church websites and see if they meet the needs that we have established in this series.
In the first two parts of this series we talked about the need for a church website and what a visitor is looking for when they visit your website. Are the basic rules of design there? Who am I? Where am I? and what do I believe, what do I offer and a call to action.
Today we are going to talk about our members and attenders. They already know the answers to the above because they are already members or are attending on a regular basis.
So, what are members looking for on a web site, basically falls into two basic categories. They are either looking for information or resources.
What events are coming up, what time are the events? What groups or ministries are available that I may be interested in participating in? For example, the small group for young mothers meets on Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM. They have a devotional and this month they are reading a book on how to teach your children to pray. The men have a Bible study on the Book of Mark and then they are going to talk about how to be a better husbands and leaders. They meet on Thursday night at the Chick Filet on Highway 150 at 7:00 PM. You get the general idea. When is the next mission trip, what will it cost, and who do I see for more information? I need to get in touch with Bob Smith, what is his email address and phone number. Is there easy access to the church directory and is personal information secure.
Another thing is for facility reservations or asset reservations. I need to use the Fellowship Hall on Saturday afternoon for my daughter’s birthday party. Is it available and how do I reserve it?
Another thing members need is access to resources. Do you have the church bulletin for next Sunday available? Can I find a copy of new and past newsletters that I can review? What is the nursery policy? I want to study the Westminster Confession, where can I find it? What does the Book of Church Order say about officer nominations and where can I find a copy? I want to download a copy of my small group study guide. I want to watch or hear the sermon from last Sunday when I was out of town.
Suppose the Pastor wants to expand on a topic of his sermon last Sunday. A pastor’s blog is a wonderful place to do that. A pastor’s blog is also a great resource for visitors too. Blogs also, rank well on search engines because they are usually specific on a certain subject that people search for on the internet. It establishes credibility on the internet for your church and your pastor.
Much More to Consider
There is much more to designing websites that is important, such as keywords for search engines, back links and internal links and external links that affect your Google ranking. I would be happy to talk to you about it if you have any questions. As I said earlier in the series, I feel God has called me to a ministry to serve Him using the technology that He gave us. My advice is free and if you want to talk just give me a call or book a time and I will call you. You can book a consult at https://ktowndesign.com/contact-me . It is free and I would be happy to help you any way I can.
God Bless you my Brothers and Sisters and let’s grow His Kingdom until the Return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ