Your website’s homepage is like an ongoing introduction to your church – an essential “first impression” for a new visitor, and an opportunity for your current members to get to know your ministries better and increase their engagement and involvement with the church. Is your homepage a place people want to visit? Here are six improvements you can make to your church website homepage to make people feel at home:
If this year has taught us anything, it’s that adaptability is a key component to survive and thrive going forward. While church websites have been essential for years, many churches are seeing huge spikes in traffic from members and their families staying home to shelter in place. On the other side, some churches have seen a huge drop off in engagement due to lack of content or on their websites for their people to stay connected and know what’s happening at their church.
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Introducing the latest church website theme from CloverSites: Tradition! The CloverSites team has been helping churches of all sizes and denominations build beautiful websites for years! We know that you want your site to reflect the message and values of your church. With the release of Tradition, your church can showcase your history and traditional values embodied in an elegant, simplistic design that makes it easy for your visitors to find what they’re looking for.
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” - Hebrews 10:25 Hebrews 10:25 is a verse that is perhaps most infamously used too much as a means of “reminding” churchgoers to attend their church services and events, no matter what. And yet, many churches have had to change their perspective on what an “active churchgoer” looks like; from weekly attenders to those who attend twice a month, in most cases. Now, this verse holds a new level of significance for believers around the world as churches have been forced to close to protect their congregants from the spread of COVID-19. Christians who once took for granted the ability to gather with other believers on a regular basis, are now feeling isolated in their homes and anxious for the opportunity to be with fellow believers again.
Tithing is one of the most critical components of a healthy church. God calls His body to be diligent in the spreading of His kingdom through the contribution of their finances. Because it’s so critical, making giving as simple and prominent as possible should be a priority, and one of the best ways to do this is by utilizing your church website.
No matter how hard you try to set and forget your church website, it will always need tweaks and updates. As design trends change, the life of your church moves forward, and your site gains traction, it’s inevitable that you will need to spend some time working through the details. What better time to do this than the end-of-the-year?
This might come as a shock, but our world has gone digital on everything from grocery shopping to exercise (still trying to figure this one out)! This creates a unique opportunity for churches. Church websites are a great place to start, but why not kick it up a notch and start a church podcast to promote on that website, too?
Imagine yourself in this position: you are new to the area and looking for a church to visit. As you look through several church websites, you click through the pages trying to get a feel for who that church is and what programs they have available for your family. As you click on the staff page, what are you expecting to see? What do you hope to get out of this page?
As the air gets a little crisper and the leaves start to turn colors, it’s easy to feel the excitement of fall. Along with those cooler temps comes opportunities to plan outreach events at your church. These are designed to reach your community and spread the message of your church and of the Gospel. One of the best ways to do that is by planning and promoting a church fall festival.
When someone first visits a website, they form a first impression within 50 milliseconds. This means that you have less than a second to draw someone into your church website. It also means that there is no such thing as being too picky when it comes to choosing a church website template.