Church Website Advice: Design Your Site for Visitors

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“Think of [your website] as like your online home base,” says Justin Wise, author of The Social Church. When people arrive at your website, they should be able to find their way around and get an accurate feel for what it’s like to set foot in your church.

“Before people come to our actual churches, they’re checking us out online,” Justin says. If your church website isn’t optimized for visitors, people who find you online have a hard time deciding if you’re worth checking out in person.

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3 Things Every Church Should Know about Social Media

social mediaIt’s not hard for a church to be on social media. But it takes a lot of work to do it well.

In an interview with Faithlife Today, Justin Wise, author of The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication, shared some things every church should know about social media.

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The Subscription That Gives Logos Mobile Ed to Every Person in Your Church

small group Bible studyImagine if every small group in your church started with a 10 minute video lesson taught by a prominent seminary or Bible college professor.

The videos were designed for the classroom, so they’re perfect for watching together. The content is focused on a topic or biblical book of your choice. The teachers are known, respected, and depended on by pastors around the country. And the small group is the perfect setting to grow together.

This could be the reality for your church. Right now.

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Get a Free Ebook to Help You Recruit, Train, and Retain More Volunteers

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Sign up to get your free copy of Can Someone Please Volunteer?.

Even when all the seats are filled, many churches and ministries struggle to find and keep enough volunteers.

It’s not a reflection of how well you share the gospel. But it’s probably an indicator that your volunteer program could use some work.

After pastors and church staff shared their struggle to train new volunteers, Proclaim Church Presentation Software produced Can Someone Please Volunteer? to help build volunteer programs that last.

Now, Proclaim wants your church staff to have a copy for free.

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How Your Unique Christian Identity Shapes Your Digital Ministry

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“What’s your calling?”

How you answer that question could change the way you see your entire life. The answer—and the process of learning how to answer—helps us find our place within the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:4–30).

Every Christian is called to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:18–20), but where and how we do that looks radically different for every person.

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How Christian Conferences Are Becoming More Accessible

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It’s no secret that conferences are expensive. Unless you live in the right city and incredible opportunities are in your own backyard, the biggest cost of that high-caliber teaching isn’t actually the teaching—it’s getting to the conference and reserving a place to stay for the weekend.

Thanks to technology, where you live or how much you make doesn’t determine who you can learn from. High-caliber education is increasingly becoming more accessible, and so are conferences.

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Create More Engaging Services with Free Online Church Bulletins

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Every week, your church uses an ancient technology to collect contact information and track attendance: paper bulletins.

In addition to supporting the recycling and waste management services in your community, those paper bulletins create a lot of tedious work for your staff (or a very patient volunteer who deserves some appreciation). Someone has to collect all those bulletins and manually enter the information into spreadsheets—because what good is all that information if it isn’t organized?

That’s why Faithlife just made your bulletins digital. Collecting and organizing that information gets a whole lot easier, and your congregation stays more connected.

While you may not be ready to ditch your printer, technology is becoming increasingly valuable to churches. As of a year ago, about two thirds of your congregation has smartphones. The epitome of convenience is filling your pews every weekend. Your church can use that to your advantage.

Digital bulletins turn smartphones into assets, not distractions.

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How to Create Your Own Digital Church Bulletins

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Faithlife.com now lets you create digital bulletins your church can access online—before, during, or after your service.

Every week, churches print off thousands of bulletins—most of which never actually leave the building. It costs money, wastes paper, and fails to remind most of your congregation about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and the key takeaways from your service.

Digital bulletins leverage smartphones to keep your church more connected.

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The Church Media Bundle for People Who Don’t Like to Choose

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If you’ve been shopping around for church media, you probably noticed there are more than a few choices out there. You could wade through dozens of church media brands before you find what your church needs (or what you can afford).

Maybe you’ve been getting your church media a-la-carte, so you get exactly what you want and don’t pay for more than that. But buying sermon illustration videos, motion backgrounds for worship, church countdown videos, and still images for 10–15 bucks a pop adds up fast—and your church has a budget.

Proclaim Church Presentation Software is here to help.

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5 Things Every Church Presentation Needs to Do

welcome slideWhen someone new sets foot in your church, what happens?

A greeter hands them a bulletin as they walk through the door, an usher helps them find their seats.

Now what?

Maybe your regulars introduce themselves and strike up a conversation. Maybe they don’t.

This is where your screen comes in. It’s an anchor for regulars and a lifeline for newcomers. With the right slides, newcomers can wander into your church and feel like they’re exactly where they’re supposed to be.

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