Fall is just around the corner (do I hear any sighs?) To churches, fall is a time of new programs and events taking place. There’s something about the start of a new school year that brings excitement – do you remember as a kid getting excited over going out and buying new pens and notebooks?
Churches may experience that same kind of feeling – excitement that builds around new programs starting up. And the time is here again. What new things will your church be involved in this coming year? At our church, we are having two “Vision Sundays” in September where our pastor will be sharing his and the elder’s vision for the church. He will be letting us know about new outreaches and programs starting up. We’re looking forward to hearing what his plans are.
Put Your Website to Use
Obviously, a pastor’s main priority in sharing his plans for the coming year will be speaking to his congregation. But don’t forget to post new outreaches and ministries on your website. Those who are still away on vacations or who don’t yet attend the church are interested in what’s going on, so put your website to use. As I have said many times before, a website needs to be current and up-to-date to be effective. There is usually someone in the church who would be happy to take on this responsibility, possibly a retiree or a young person who is very familiar with “all things online!”
What should you be updating?
Let your congregation and community know about events that are coming up. Post the day/time of the event plus let people know if volunteers are needed.
Are you starting up any new ministries? Even if you’re not, now is a great time to look at your current ones and make sure the information is current. Are the times they meet and location correct on the website? Do you have fresh pictures on your site?
Maybe your church is starting up some new outreaches, possibly reaching out to college students, seniors or those in need of food. Whatever they are, tell about them and enlist the help of volunteers to make them a success.
Will your pastor be doing some sermon series this fall? The website is a wonderful opportunity to get them in the hands of those who don’t regularly come to your church.
You may also want to post links to your sermons on facebook and other social media platforms, which can expand your reach to the unchurched or “semi-churched.” You can also publish an itunes that will let people download your sermons to their iphones, etc.
Is Your Website Mobile Friendly?
Today, more than ever, it’s essential that your church website be mobile friendly, which means it will look good on any size device. Many will be viewing your site on a small device such as a phone or tablet. If things on your site get cut off or mangled up when it goes to a smaller size, it will not be very helpful or a good representation of your church.
All of the websites we create are mosbile responsive (friendly.) Let us know if we can help get your website in shape for the upcoming year.