QUICK FACTS – WHY YOUR CHURCH SHOULD HAVE A WEBSITE
- A church website helps you think about your church.
Creating a website forces you to think through what is more important about your church, and then organize it in a logical and orderly way.
- A church website helps members stay connected during the week.
If you have a blog, calendar, forum, or members-only area, the regular attenders at your church can connect with one another during the week for prayer, encouragement, or updates. If the weekly bulletin is posted, then members who missed a service can still get the announcements and any other church updates that the bulletin contains.
- A church website helps people find you.
How would you find your church if you didn’t know where it was? Most people in our culture turn to the internet. When a person wants to find a church, they search Google for churches in their community. If you church isn’t listed with a visual website to look at, they never know you exist. You must make it easier for people to find you.
- A church website helps people learn more about you.
When people are considering whether to attend your church or not, they want more information than just an address and phone number. They would also like to see some pictures of the building and the people, as well as a list of programs. They might also want to see doctrinal, mission, and vision statements. Some will even want to listen to (or watch) a few sermons to see what the teaching is like. A website can provide all of this.
- A church website helps you connect with other community organizations & events.
If there are community organizations and events that your church is involved with, you can write about them on your site, and it is quite likely that your church will get listed on other websites as a participant or sponsor. Churches are always looking for ways to connect with the community, and the internet is one of the best ways to do so.
- A church website is free advertising.
Save money. Post as much information as you want as frequently as you want on the internet, where millions of people could see it every day.
- A church website helps spread the gospel.
If you have a website, you can post the gospel online. People are lost and hurting in this world, and many have questions about God, the Bible, Jesus, and the church, but don not like it when people knock on their door, or hand out tracts on the street. Many people want to read and research spiritual issues in the privacy and comfort of their own home. The internet allows this to happen.
- A church website helps make disciples.
Also, the pastor can regularly post insights from Scripture, the weekly bulletin, or even sermon audio and study guide. Every church I know of that posts teaching material online has more people using it than the total number of people who attend their church. Not only do people read and listen to the online study material, but they share it with friends and family, use it in their own Bible studies, and eventually, it gets spread around the world.
- A church website gives people their first impression.
It used to be that parking lots and landscaping was the first impression people had about your church. No longer. Now it is your website. You may have the cleanest parking lot and most manicured lawn, but when people think about attending your church, they check your website. If it non-existent or uses old style html buttons with out-of-date information and bad color schemes, they will not attend your church. Have a good website and give a good first impression.
- A church website helps redeem the internet.
The church needs to enter the world as many ways as possible to be salt and light. The church can be an agent of redemption within the internet.