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Church Website Wednesday

Where’s Your Staff?

This week for our Church Website Wednesday, I want to provide another idea for making your website more personal to visitors.

A client of ours, Cornerstone Christian Church in Shiloh, Illinois, setup their staff page in a very unique way that I thought was a great idea. They put a brief introduction with a picture for each of their staff members. Sounds logical right?

Well what I found very unique and brilliant was a short line they put at the end of each staff members introduction. They put where that staff member could be found on Sunday Mornings.

For a newcomer visiting your church for the first time, being able to find a face they recognize can really help in that transition into a new place.

Don’t think you have enough staff? Consider using key ministry leaders or better yet, just a few familys that are open and interested to welcoming new people to the church.

Put a picture and a quick blurb in the description…”The Smith family has been going to our church for the past 5 years. They are business owners in the community and are an active part of our church. On Sunday mornings, they can be found welcoming people around our coffee bar.”

It’s often the simplest things that make the biggest difference in people deciding to visit your church.

What are you doing to make your website a more personal?

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Church Website Wednesday Communication Web

Personalize Your Church Website

I’ve been working through a series of posts on tips for your church’s website. I have been making appeals to everyone involved in church leadership to not only get a website, but make it a good one. Visitors are far more likely to check out your website BEFORE they step foot in the door of your church. Many of them will form their opinion and perception of your church from that interaction.

[quote align=”center”]What perception are people getting from your website?[/quote]

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Open Your Doors to the Web World

Church Website Wednesday

[quote align=”center”]85% of first time visitors are looking for your website BEFORE they step foot in your doors.[/quote]

I use that statistic a lot, but only because it is one of the most valuable stats I have found to reveal the importance of a quality, well-designed church website.

If 85% of first time visitors are coming to your website, you can also assume that they are developing a perception of your church. They want to know more. They are used to going to websites and finding every answer they are looking for, without having to leave the comfort of their home.

Does your website explain who you are?

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Your Church Website as a Ministry Tool.

Church Website Wednesdays

After looking at hundreds of church websites, I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. I am going to attempt in a weekly series to provide tips, ideas and examples to help you better utilize your website as a ministry tool.

I’ve already written several posts about the necessity for a church to have a website. Some of those can be viewed at the links below.
Church Web Presence Checklist

Top 10 Reasons to Redesign your Church’s Website

What does your website say about your church?

Today, I am going to focus on what content should you put on the website. This is a huge topic and will take several posts, but I will start with an big picture overview.

Your website is one of the most valuable outreach tools available to you outside of the people in your church. Visitors who visit your website should be able to come away with a good idea of who you are, what they can expect from the church and know whether or not your church would be a good fit.

I’ll concede, we all want the people to visit our building before they make up their mind. Unfortunately, in our digital age, the perception is already decided BEFORE they step foot in your door.

[quote align=”center”]So what kind of content should you have on your website?[/quote]