Ideas for Church Websites and using Technology on Mission

ChurchBIT (a group of people who are involved in and passionate about how to use technology for the church)  Here are some suggestions from discussions about ways to enhance a church website.

(1) Use stories in your community.  Eg. Watermark Testimonies

(2) Allow people to participate in 'journal- like' responsive writing.  Eg. a church 'reading through the Bible' plan (http://www.jointhejourney.com/).

The Journey" is a church-wide bible reading plan. Each day everyone who has joined the journey gets an email with a devotional that has been written by a member of the church. This has been going for about 3 years and I have seen a lot of fruit from this approach. This approach has fostered great discussion within our Body.  With everyone reading the same passage everyday, there have been several opportunities for questions/difference perspectives. I like the continuity that this approach provides.I also think that the daily  emails serve us a eAccountabilityPartner reminding you to get in the Word that day. Our church has a bi-monthly meeting that allows people to ask questions/process what they are reading in the "Journey."

(3) Find the right social networking sites to participate in. Eg. The Rock ISU

Our ministry (rockisu.com ) is focused primarily on college students at Iowa State University.  We have a reputation for "out advertising Coca-cola" as far as flyers, etc, but we rarely see visitors show up simply because they saw a flyer.  Flyers tend to act as a name-recognition driver (ask most people around our campus of 28,000, and they have heard of the Rock, even though our average attendance is only "130-give-or-take-20"), and event reminder for most people.

However, advertising events using Facebook, there have been several times we've seen folks with no other connection come to check The Rock out.

In the next couple of weeks, I am going to lead an advertising charge using Facebook, and attempt to track results by measuring average attendance over a couple of weeks and comparing it with pre-advertising numbers.  I'm also going to try to randomly sample new folks to get an idea of how they heard about the event.

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3 Comments
  • Steve Lavey

    February 28, 2007, 8:56 pm

    One of the enhancements to occur in 2007 to our Park Community Church site is an Alumni page. We are a city church of about 1,500 folks 20-45 years old right in the heart of the northside of Chicago on the lakefront. Because of the natural transience of the city, we see anywhere from 15% -30 % of our congregation cycle out every 1-3 years. While this can be disheartening at times, it is awesome to know we have equipped folks to be lights for the kingdom in other cities and countries. So we are going to celebrate that fact on our website with an alumni page, showing where God is using Park “alumni” to be lights for the kingdom. We currently know of alumni in 11 countries and about 35 states. Let me know if this resonates with any of you….

  • D. Goodmanson

    March 1, 2007, 9:18 am

    Steve – Sounds interesting. What is happening on the alumni pages?

  • Jeff Krieger

    March 19, 2007, 10:55 am

    I heavily researched social networking sites to post our events on…and came up discouraged. I looked at facebook, evite, and mypunchbowl.

    Facebook
    Good looking layout
    Social networking and event planning
    Everyone that wants to rsvp must sign up for a facebook acct.
    Tried it for a recent event. No one used it b/c they had to sign up for an acct

    Evite
    Most options
    Horrible looking

    Mypunchbowl
    Nice layout
    Very quick and easy to use
    Don’t think attenders need to sign up for an account
    Attenders can’t view the rsvp list. Only the host.
    A lot of our people like to be able to see who’s coming (so they’re not the only ones there) 🙂

    After being burned on facebook, decided just to have signup sheets in the back of church. That doesn’t work too well either (even after an announcement in church) unless you grab people and personally invite them to sign up. Why’s it so hard to get people to commit in our culture! 🙂

    Venting ends here.

    Thx,
    Jeff
    New Valley Church
    Phoenix, AZ
    http://www.kriegs.org