Christmas is fast approaching. As I write this post, there are only17 days left until we celebrate Jesus’ birth. What does that mean for your church? If your church is like many others, you have a lot of special events coming up. You may be having a ladies dinner, a men’s breakfast, youth parties, outreach opportunities such as visiting a local senior facility or collecting warm clothing for a homeless shelter. These are all great things, however, they take a lot of your time.
Don’t Forget Your Website
In all your busyness, you might be tempted to let the website go until the new year. But don’t do that! For one thing, Christmas is one of the times that many people will look for a church to attend. If your website appears outdated, it won’t give a good impression.
Secondly, you want your congregation as well as newcomers to have the current information on all the upcoming events. Your website is the perfect place to do that.
If you don’t have the time yourself to update the site, enlist the help of someone in the church. Make sure you show them how to do the updating and that they are trustworthy. It might be a staff member or someone else – this can be a great opportunity for a retiree to get more involved.
Christmas Service Information
Make sure you display your Christmas service information prominently on the site. The homepage slider area is a great place to do this. Have a graphic created that will nicely present the times/dates of your service.(s)
Are Your Sermons Up to Date?
Another thing you will want to be sure is up-to-date is the sermon page. There may also be shut-ins who cannot physically attend your church but are looking for some encouragement during this season. Have several sermons uploaded to the site to give your visitors a reason to return to your website. We upload our church’s sermon every Sunday evening to accommodate those who missed it or want to hear it again.
So, during this busy month, add one more item to your “to do” list – updating your website, or delegate the job to someone else. Just make sure it’s current!