I just recently finished switching out my church’s website from Joomla to WordPress. (For more on how we came to this decision, check this post.) We built out site using ChurchTheme.com’s Resurrect theme, which has been specifically designed for churches, and it is awesome.
Anyway, in this process, I’ve been forced to ask some fairly heavy philosophical questions that really cut to the heart of what I was a doing. Yes, I was just building a website, but a website for a church should be a digital representation of what your church believes, teaches, and does. It should be a way for prospective attenders to meet your pastor and “tour” your church before ever arriving.
Long story short, here are those three questions and why I feel like they were important.
While the United Methodist Church has declared a moratorium on online church service communion, Liquid Church is embracing online church to the fullest this holiday season,
While the Christmas holiday can bring big numbers to local churches, the same can be said for online attendance. Just as local churches are preparing for an increase in attendance and special services, the same is being done for online church.
This is one reason why Liquid Church will be hosting a communion service online, as they have been streaming over 500 Christmas sermons this year after seeing huge growth since they started back in 2007.
Is your church doing anything special for their online Christmas service?
Finding a church is never easy, and if you’ve just moved to a new city, it can feel like it’s next to impossible.
FaithStreet hopes to change that, and if your church isn’t a part of this directory, you may want to get it added!
A church in North Carolina has brought an interesting concept to the forefront of Church and technology. Central United Methodist Church in Concord, North Carolina, planned for those attending the online church service to partake in the Holy Communion during the live service.
Online viewers would become online participants as they could pour themselves some grape juice and use any bread or crackers in their home to participate in the breaking of bread and taking of Communion. The Central United Methodist Church senior pastor Andy Langford said,
The Internet has given us the ability to access vast volumes of information across multiple electronic platforms. Most churches have embraced it while others seem to be intimidated by it.
At the moment, there is a lot of hype around churches live streaming their services. I was slacking in the process of finalizing our church’s online campus until I had an experience in a hospital that would change things. Thank God for hospitals and skilled doctors, but let’s face it, no one wants to be in hospital!
ChurchThemes.com is a new WordPress theme shop specializing in church website solutions. Their goal is to provide churches with tools for building attractive, full-featured websites and to do so in a cost-effective way.
Their first release is an urban-inspired WordPress theme called Resurrect—a stellar church WordPress theme. They help make things easy by providing one-on-one support and dozens of searchable guides.
I recently wrote a post about the need for pastors to blog as a way of writing “e-pistles” to their congregations. I think I made my point clear, but I’d like to back up a little and talk about the phenomenon of the “pastor-blogger” that has emerged in the past few years.
Having a church blog is a pretty good idea. There are many different benefits for having one, but knowing your church website should have a blog and actually using it are two different things.
Does your church have a blog?
The real question, however, isn’t if you should have a blog, but what should you be posting about?
Maybe we can help.