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Why Your Church Totally Needs a Website (Part 2)

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Feb 18, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In my last post on Tuesday, we explored reasons why your church doesn’t need a website. I talked about how important it is to choose our communication mediums so that they reflects our audience and our message. For example, unless you already have a website that functions as a social communication hub of your church, you don’t need that kind of website.

But you totally need a website.

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Why Your Church Doesn't Need a Website (Part 1)

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Feb 16, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In 2001, I was called from seminary to my first parish, a small congregation in a suburb of Atlanta. One of the first things I noticed was they didn’t have a website. A church today must have a website, I’d been told. You can’t do ministry these days without a website or you don’t really care about reaching people with the Gospel.

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3 Steps to Connect with Christmas Worship Visitors

By Peter Frank | Dec 14, 2015 10:30:00 AM

My guess is that this happens every year. Some well-meaning person comes up to you after the Christmas Eve service and says "Isn’t it exciting to see so our church so full? Wouldn't it be great if we could get them to all come back next week?"

If no one has ever said that to you, I’m sure you’ve at least had that same thought. I know I have!

Sometimes it’s really easy to get worked up about the number of people who worship at your congregation. Our culture defines success by numbers. When large numbers of visitors attend worship, we think that means we must be successful as a congregation, and our thoughts naturally turn to how we can keep them coming back.

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7 Ways to Attract Christmas Visitors to Your Church Website

By Peter Frank | Dec 10, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Christmas is just over two weeks away, and you know what that means! Among other things, your church will experience an influx of people you haven’t seen in a while (or at least not since Easter).

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Prepare Your Online Communications for Christmas (+ A FREE Marketing Kit)

By Amanda Lansche | Dec 7, 2015 4:30:00 PM


With the Advent season underway and Christmas right around the corner, your church is likely a very busy place!

Amidst all the hustle, don’t forget about the importance of attracting visitors to those amazing services you are planning. Local visitors might be without a church home—they might even been actively searching for one—so their attendance represents a huge opportunity!

As you prepare to share the story of God’s plan for salvation through Jesus Christ, take a little time to prepare your church communications to encourage attendance.

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Developing a Content Framework for Church Communications

By Peter Frank | Nov 30, 2015 9:15:00 AM

The meaning of the word “content” has evolved over the last few years. It used to mean something that was contained, like the contents of a jar, or the chapters of a book. Now, content has the broader definition of being “a substance of significance.”

In the digital world, content is not only words (like this blog), but also images and videos. In fact, even something as abstract as an idea can be considered content.

The value of content is not defined by its container, but rather by its quality. True content can have many different containers, and the implementation and purpose of the content can change with each container.

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How to Make Your Church Website Conversion-Focused

By Peter Frank | Nov 16, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Have you ever converted anyone with your church website?

To be clear, I’m not talking about a digital altar call or anything like. I know the Holy Spirit can bring believers to faith through a variety of means, including websites, but that’s not the type of conversion I mean.

In the marketing industry, a conversion is when a website visitor takes an action that leads to a business result. This could be an initial action, like adding an item to a shopping cart, or a final conversion, such as a completing a purchase.

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Basic Church Website Components to Help Visitors

By Peter Frank | Nov 2, 2015 9:30:00 AM

 

What if you went to Walmart’s website and couldn’t find any of their products or store locations? How would you buy your detergent, baby carrots, and hedge clippers all in one place?

The same goes for your church website. Think about what a visitor needs to know and would be searching for about your church. Is she going to want to know what you believe, where you're located, and what time your services start? Probably.

There are some basic components that every church—big, small, or in between—should include. Whether you are just getting started, fine-tuning, or completely revamping a site, these key basics should be included or added to every site.

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6 Tips to Optimize Your Church Website's URL

By Peter Frank | Sep 14, 2015 9:00:00 AM

When I’m traveling and need to find the nearest Cracker Barrel, I go to crackerbarrel.com because I know that’s their website. When I need to search for something, I often go to google.com, even though I know I can just type my query in the URL bar. I instinctively associate a company or organization’s URL with its brand.

As you consider your church website’s URL, remember that it’s an extension of your "brand." We recently changed  Concordia Technology Solutions’ URL from cts.cph.org to concordiatechnology.org because it more clearly stated our brand (there were also some SEO benefits, more on that in another blog post soon!).

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Making Their First Visit to Your Church Less Awkward

By Peter Frank | Aug 3, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Awkward situations are... well... awkward. Nobody likes these moments, whether it's watching someone show up late or hearing a person call someone else by the wrong name. These situations become even more awkward when you're directly involved and become almost unbearable when you're experiencing them alone.

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