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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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 to Get Church Members to Join Your Online Community

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So you want to facilitate a thriving online community for your church. You understand the value of having a private place to ask big questions as a church or for small groups to share curriculum. You know your church wants to talk about the Bible more and share what they’re learning with the rest of the congregation.

Related post: Take Your Church Beyond Handshakes and Hellos

Sometimes getting your congregation to do anything new might feel like crying out in the wilderness. But it doesn’t have to. With the right perspective, and the right strategy, you can be the catalyst that helps propel your church into a vibrant online community they’ll keep coming back to—because it’s your church, online.

Here are four ways to grow your church’s Faithlife Group:

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Follow Elyse Fitzpatrick’s Faithlife Group

Elyse Fitzpatrick

Elyse Fitzpatrick has been counseling women since 1989. She’s a retreat and conference speaker and the head of Women Helping Women Ministries. She has a certificate in biblical counseling from CCEEF in San Diego and an MA in biblical counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary.
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Faithlife Groups Unlock the Collaborative Potential of Logos

iphone-unlockLogos Bible Software helps you do deeper Bible study and get more out of your time in the Word.

Faithlife Groups help you stay spiritually connected to your church, small groups, and ministry.

Combine them, and you have a powerful recipe for deeper fellowship.

If you’re a pastor, ministry leader, or small group member using Logos Bible Software, Faithlife Groups help you share what you’re learning with your Christian community.

Logos Bible Software has 15 different document types to help you get more from your Bible study. Each has its own unique features and functionality.

Recently, Logos helped you master the 15 document types in a two part series.

Here are a couple ways Faithlife Groups help you use these diverse documents

Provide a guided study

Say you’re part of a church or ministry that includes teams of leaders and small groups. Each group likely communicates, organizes, and meets together independently of the larger ministry or church, but still remains connected to the main group and actively participates in large group gatherings.

This basic ministry structure can apply to both local churches and to regional or even national levels of any Christian organization. Faithlife Groups allow you to replicate that basic structure when you communicate with your Christian community online.

Thousands of churches already have Faithlife Groups. Within the groups tab, every small group or ministry team can stay connected to the church, while still operating independently.

Share curriculum

If your church or ministry is studying a book together, reading it in Logos lets you create a reading plan you can share with your whole Faithlife Group.

Say you want to prepare for Easter together, so you decide to read 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers. Here’s an example of what your reading plan might look like:

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Or maybe your church or ministry doesn’t read books together. If your group study is isolated to Scripture, you still have a lot to gain from using Logos and Faithlife Groups together.

Within Logos, you can create passage lists that you can share with your entire church, using a Faithlife Group.

Say you’re exploring what Scripture has to say about “wisdom.” Logos lets you pinpoint every passage mentioning wisdom. You can also toggle “memorize” to practice memorizing the verses you’re studying together. When you save this search as a passage list, you can share it right to the documents tab of your Faithlife Group.

Take a look:

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Maximize sermon value

There are lots of ways that Logos helps with your sermon prep.

But when you’re done with a sermon, what does your church do with it?

Maybe you filmed it, so your church adds it to a video archive. But that’s more useful to people who haven’t seen it.

Your church’s Faithlife Group is a completely appropriate place to share your sermons in document form. And perhaps, more importantly, when you prepare your sermons using Logos, you can instantly create and share a professional bibliography.

As a pastor or speaker, you should always be prepared to tell people where your insights come from, and when you prepare your sermons with Logos, creating a bibliography is easy:

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When someone asks you where you got that quote from John MacArthur, your bibliography can point them to the exact book and page it came from. If they own Logos and the resource in question, they can even create notes and comments on the quote, which can be shared directly to the group.

Try all 15 document types

To see examples of all 15 document types available in Logos and your Faithlife Group, join the Logos Sample Documents group.

Each document has a specific purpose. To get the most of these documents, you’ll need Logos Bible Software, but many of these documents will still have value to your congregation or ministry team regardless of whether or not they own Logos.

Perhaps the best example of this is the prayer list. Prayer lists are created within Logos, but once you share them with your Faithlife Group, anyone can access and interact with them.

Try out the 15 document types, and see how your church or ministry can put them to use!

How does your church share, learn, and grow together? Tell us in the comments!