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Essentials to include on your Web site
Mon, 3 Feb 2003 15:10:24 -0600
Feb. 3, 2003 News media contact: Laura Latham7(615)742-54707Nashville, Tenn.
NOTE: This is a sidebar to UMNS story #050.
By United Methodist News Service
Here are some basic items that every church webmaster should include when
developing a site to reach people shopping for a new church:
7 A welcome message, preferably from the pastor. People want to feel
welcome, whether in the church itself or on the Web site.
7 Worship service times and descriptions of the service. Many churches
now have several different types of service. To simply label a service
"contemporary" or "traditional" is not enough.
7 Ministry descriptions. People shopping for a church want to know how
the church reaches out to spiritually feed the congregation and the
7 Class descriptions. Highlight each class or small group with a brief
description, meeting location and time.
7 Staff listing and contact information. A Web site that doesn't offer
an opportunity to gain more information by e-mail, phone or snail mail is
like the Yellow Pages without phone numbers. Include photos of staff members
7 Core beliefs. Include a few lines or paragraphs about what your
congregation believes as well as the theology of the denomination.
7 Upcoming events and a calendar. Church barbecues, yard sales, blood
drives, etc., are often non-threatening ways for a person to visit a church
for the first time.
7 Directions and map to the church. Do not rely on a person knowing how
to get to your church no matter how long it has been a part of the community.
7 Building maps or floor plans. It's helpful for a person to have a
general idea of how to get around your church before making that first visit.
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United Methodist News Service
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