Not every church will want or feel that they need a website – and my purpose is not to pursuade otherwise. But if you are visiting this website then there is a good chance that you at least think that you ought to be thinking about it!
A large number of churches (especially smaller ones) and other Christian organisations struggle with setting up a website (and implementing other forms of IT tools and administrative systems too) – often for very good reasons, like…
- They don’t know how to go about it;
- They don’t know what to do with it even if they have it;
- They (leaders, staff, workers, congregation) already have a lot (too much?) to do;
- They don’t have any ‘geeks’ or ‘techies’ or people with ‘experience’ on their staff or among their volunteers;
- They need their money to feed their pastor, or do mission, or pay the rent – so they can’t afford to buy-in services.
Well, God has never let any of the above get in the way of what He wants to do, has He?
There are four basic activities that a website can help many Christian ministries to do (or help people do FOR Christian ministries) in fulfillment of the Great Commandment and the Great Commission:
COMMUNICATE more efficiently and effectively with the members of their church, organisation, community – this not only involves the website, but also educating leaders and congregation. No easy task!
REACH OUT to those who do not yet know Jesus as their personal Saviour – and that means being available, providing useful (real, authentic, practical) information for those who are looking for a church, or your ministry or for Jesus – or all the above!
WITNESS to the amazing Grace, Love and Mercy of God and what He is doing in, with and through your church, ministries, missions and other organisations – celebrating and showcasing real people living their real lives in and for Jesus.
SUPPORT attract and maintain a support fellowship (whether locally, regionally or globally) that can provide prayer, people, physical resources, giving, tithing, whatever the organisation needs – tap into the world-wide Christian community.
By exchanging a few emails, or a conversation on skype, I am sure that I can convince you that setting up a website
- does not need to cost an arm and a leg
- can be achieved in a reasonable time frame
- does not need you to learn HMTL, PHP, ASP or any other sort of programming language
It DOES however require you to have
- a vision (for why you want the site),
- an idea of what you want to achieve from the website
- an inkling of who you want the website to serve
- some information to put on the website
- someone willing to coordinate and administer the website
If you are feeling more inclined now after reading this or looking through the other pages on this site why not take the next step and and lets see where the Lord takes us.