Why Does Your Church Need a Website? Here are The Reasons!
While 96% of pastors use computers at church and many use technology during their sermons, very few have a church website – read this. This can be problematic because millions of churchgoers and prospective churchgoers search the Internet and the website of their place of worship every day (Capterra).
If you haven’t already started working on church websites, here are some reasons why you should.
1. A website keeps your congregation active and engaged.
According to research, more than 60% of churchgoers believe that a church’s website is critical to their participation at church (CRCNA.org).
If you include valuable information on your church’s website, such as community bulletins, event calendars, volunteer sign-up forms, blog posts, podcasts, recorded sermons, social media links, and so on, you provide excellent opportunities for members of your congregation to stay informed and active in what is going on at your church, as well as events and programs that your church sponsors or organizes.
2. A website provides a centralized location for sharing current event calendars, service programs, and bulletins.
Instead of spending a lot of money printing calendars, program information, and bulletins and then mailing them out every month or every few weeks, you can simply upload and share them on your website.
Aside from saving money and reducing your paper trail, you’ll be able to easily update calendar and program information on your website at the last minute if anything changes. People will also be able to sign up for events and programs online at their leisure, making organization and tracking much easier.
3. A website introduces your leadership and programs to the public.
Create a page on your church’s website with bios of your pastors and co-pastors, youth pastors, staff, and so on. Before entering your church, the public will be aware of their backgrounds and areas of interest. They’ll also have access to specific information about the services and programs you provide.
Having such information available online will make prospective congregation members feel much more at ease when they visit your church in person, as they will already have an idea of the type of ministry they will encounter and who will be leading it.