Top WordPress Pitfalls for Church Websites

What are the top three WordPress pitfalls people face when building a church website? WordPress pitfalls? Wait, isn’t WordPress supposed to be wonderful? Yes. And it is. But then, taking a road through the Rocky Mountains is gorgeous and worthwhile — and you still...

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Picking the right technology for your church website

Use a web content management system (web CMS) rather than static HTML “Static HTML” is shorthand for the way people used to build websites in the 1990s. You would individually create web pages using a text editor or software such as Microsoft Frontpage or Adobe...

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Picking the right people to build your church website

A couple of days ago, I shared a quote which emphasizes the importance of people in making your church website an effective tool for outreach: Technology is not the hard part. For most ministries, spending less time on technology and more on people and processes will...

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Does my church need a new church website?

Answering this question involves three things: Understanding the people to whom you are ministering . Reflecting on your mission and purpose. Diagnosing whether you have the right tools for the job. Step 1: Understand how people in your church and community use the...

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How to build a church website: a 30,000 foot view

It's more than just technology Building a church website involves three components: technology, people, and processes. Technology, people, and processes form what Dave Bourgeois of Biola University calls “the digital ministry framework.” To build a church website...

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What is the value of a church website?

Every church in North America should regularly evaluate the effectiveness of its use of mass communication tools God is at work building the church on the foundation of Jesus Christ to be a witness in society. Communication is necessary in this work. “Face-to-face” is...

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Review: Ministry in the Digital Age

Ministry in the Digital Age: Strategies and Best Practices for a Post-Website World by David T. Bourgeois. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2013. Paperback, 144 pages, list price $15.00. As a "Millennial" who builds church websites and studies Reformed theology, I've...

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Praise the Lord and Change Your Password

There's a huge cyber-war happening on the Internet.  You may not see it, but the battles are very real. Last September, Bank of America was hit by a massive cyber attack, which Fox News described as originating from a radical  Islamic group. Largest Battle in Internet...

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Are we living in a “post-website world”?

"Technology is not the hard part," said Dr. David Bourgeois in a recent interview on ReformedCast. "People and processes are the hard part." Dr. Bourgeois is Associate Professor of Information Systems at BIOLA University and author of a forthcoming book...

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20 photo ideas for your church website

Photography is a key component of every website we do. Over the years, we've combed through thousands -- probably tens of thousands -- of photos for church websites. In this post, we share some things we've learned along the way. These 20 photo ideas are divided into...

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