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 the best and most precious form of communication. But throughout church history there has…

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 often felt a tension between my theology and my occupation. Let me try to…
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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 History? Last week, one of the largest attacks in…

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 entitled Ministry in the Digital Age: Strategies and Best Practices for a Post-Website World.  In his…

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 three categories: People A church is not a…
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Westminster Presbyterian Church

Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Johnson City, TN celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. A lively congregation, WPC has a large and active ministry in the mountainous “Tri-Cities” area of eastern Tennessee. Some notable features of WPC’s new website include: Mobile-friendly, responsive design — easy to use on a wide range of devices from computers…

Do you need a mobile-friendly church website?

The short answer is a resounding “Yes!” You need a mobile-friendly website because a greater and greater percentage of web traffic is mobile traffic. According to StatCounter Global Stats, 14 percent of all web traffic now comes from smartphones such as iPhones and Androids. That’s about 20 times as much mobile traffic as there was back…