On Sunday morning, someone approaches you and tells you. “We need a church website!” You think in your heart, “Oh brother, another project on my plate.” Why should a church website exist?
Hey, I get it. A pastor of small- to medium-sized churches has enough hats. They aren’t wearing the web technology hat. What do you know about building a website? You don’t even like Facebook.
I took up the web technology job seven years ago. Over the years, it has been a rewarding career. My website receives more than 1/2 million visits annually, and six of my articles have gone viral. One piece was featured on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website, which resulted in more than 600 conversions for Christ. You can do it if you can!
Although I admit to being biased, I was reluctant when the adventure began. I didn’t know what I was doing nor the adventure God had for me. Here are five statistics to help you understand the importance of a church website.
Three Reasons why a church website is a good idea
#1 The Church Website is The New Front Door
34% of respondents stated that the website of a church was an important part of their decision to visit a church. This number was almost half (46%) in 2012. This number is likely to be over 50% in 2017.
It’s not hard to see the point. What relevance does the yellow page have? How many people use the yellow pages? Your church website is the listing on the 21st-century yellow pages. If they don’t find you via Google, you aren’t there in their eyes.
They often stay; not only do they visit, but they also frequent the internet. 33% of respondents said the internet was where they found out about their church’s home church in 2012.
#2 Church Websites Help People Stay Connected
Your church website is more than just a yellow page listing. It is also the heart of your community. People search the internet for information in this digital age. This includes the most recent news about their church.
A staggering 64% of churchgoers believe that their church website makes it easier to participate in their church. ….. were the most popular features on their church website.
- Sermons They can watch your live stream and listen to your podcast. You can also download Sunday messages.
- Service Opportunities– Helping your church achieve its mission. A website might be the best thing for you if you’re having trouble finding volunteers.
- Searching for Event Information They might not know the time of the youth ministry, or may need to be reminded about the women’s ministry schedule.
- Invite Friends They use the content of your church website or service times page to invite their friends to join the church via social media.
Your church website is the communication hub of your church.
#3 How Your Church Website Can Help Your Community
A church website is often viewed as an advertisement. Its purpose is to attract more people to our church, so we limit its capabilities. This is a limited view.
Your church’s website can serve as an extension of its mission. By connecting people passionate about helping the poor and those with similar interests, you can facilitate the service of the poor.
Online classes can be offered to help with real issues such as parenting and substance abuse recovery. There are many other options.
These things can all be done from your church website. Once it is up and running, it can serve as an extension of your ministry.
Why should a church website be created?
….. In a nutshell. The gospel.
Acts 16 shows Paul on his second missionary trip. He is prompted by a vision from a Macedonian man to visit Macedonia. Paul decides to change his plans and travels to Philippi. He waits for the people to come to him by going down to the river. He meets Lydia, who is a believer. Through her, a church was planted.
Why should a church have a website? Because this is where people gather in your area. The 21st century river is the internet.
Statistical Sources: org/church-web/church-website-statistics“>http://network.crcna.org/church-web/church-website-statistics