It is 2012 and every group, business and person has an online presence. Whether it’s through social media, a website,
or a combination of the two, it is absolutely essential that everything be modern and up to date. Churches are certainly not an exception to the rule.
If your church website is old, outdated, and sluggish, it will make important visitor information hard to find. Plus, your site can even be a security hazard. A recent study by Symantec recently revealed that outdated religious websites are more likely to accidentally contain dangerous viruses than pornographic sites.
If that is not enough of a reason to inspire you to update your website, here are six more reasons why your church needs to get started on a brand new redesign today!
It will help your church fulfill the Great Commission.
Jesus commanded each of us to fulfill the Great Commission by reaching all four corners of the earth with the Gospel. Is your church obeying Christ’s command?
Christians in the 21st Century have been blessed with having the internet as an amazing tool to reach people with the gospel all over the world. Websites are not limited to a particular nation, and thanks to handy online translators, not even one language. Your church can literally make a difference throughout the entire world, just through your website.
Your church will reach more potential members.
In years past, a person would often seek out friends and family for a church recommendation, but now, many potential church-goers are visiting Google.
Your site needs to be clean, modern, and easy to navigate. The appearance of a website has a huge impact on first impressions. Also, the more content on the site, the better, as it will help attract people that are performing web searches.
You can effectively communicate what your church believes and supports.
As mentioned earlier, all the information on your site should be comprehensive and up to date. Your site will often be the first place people turn to for information so all calendars should be current, schedules should be accurate, and contact information should be correct.
A church website is also a wonderful place to list your church’s doctrinal statement, mission statement, leadership biographies, and helpful information for first-time attendees.
A new redesign can help your church attendees connect.
Websites are a great way to bring people together, especially when united under a common mission and vision. A good church website can help facilitate Sunday School and small group communications, and keep members informed about important news related to your ministries.
Listing upcoming sermons, meetings, and events on your website is an easy way to get the word out to your members. If people are checking your site on a regular basis, your content will often be shared and distributed, thereby informing more people of what’s going on at your church.
An updated website can provide the latest technology to share sermons and other media content.
Digital media, whether it be audio or video, is a great way to share life-changing messages prepared by your church. Having a modern website will give you the opportunity to display your content where visitors can access and be encouraged by them over and over again.
You can encourage your members to faithfully and easily donate to the church’s ministries.
Your church (hopefully) has been blessed with many generous donors, and an updated church website can make it easy for them to give online using PayPal and major credit cards.[crp limit=”5″ heading=”1″ cache=”1″]
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