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5 Web Tools Your Church Needs
By Chip Dizzard

Churches are FINALLY beginning to recognize the power of the Internet for their ministry. What was once just a matter of trying to engage well with your community and invite people to a church event has now been completely revolutionized. Churches are now doing online marketing, digital evangelism and discipleship, and connecting regularly with people through emails, social media, and your blog. 

Of course, if you are not new to church technology, this is no surprise. The issue is more about how to do this well.

One of the most difficult parts about church technology is not maintaining what you already have, but coming up with new things for your church to implement, and getting everyone on board. Every item I list is something that you can do to get your church on its way to making a bigger online impact.
  • Your Own Homebase Website
    This would have everything you need, including the forms for your church activities, a sign-up form for anything you want that automatically keeps a database of emails for later use, a blog to communicate your church’s heart, and a place to store all of the church video sermons.

  • Your Own Church App
    While a responsive website is important and something that should be a part of every church’s website, an app is the perfect tool for your ministry. Not only do people always carry their phone with them, thus eliminating the need to print bulletins, it also is a great way to direct them to your website, give them access to small group information and prayer group times, sermons to watch or listen to later, and all of this can be done within the app.

  • Your Own Way To Online Giving
    There are numerous stats that say a church that invests in online giving will see increase in tithing and year-end revenue. Think about it, a family goes out of town, but can still give. A college student does not carry around cash, but they can use their trusty debit card. Perfect for helping find ways for your congregation to give.

  • Your Own Newsletter
    Too many churches are still creating newsletters through publisher and then sending them out via their mailing client. Then people get blacklisted, forgotten to be added to the list, or simply annoyed by the process. A great newsletter engine is your solution.

  • Your Own Great Website Design
    A terrible website is definitely awful to look at. But that is not even the bad part of a bad website design. A terrible navigation can make people not want to come to your site. No Search Engine Optimization features make you hidden from search engines. Unstructured content can get people lost in the confusion and frustrated. No responsive website design makes your website look bad on a mobile device. A great website design can fix all of these problems and more.

This is definitely not a comprehensive list and I’d love to hear from you. You can leave your comments on my web site at chipdizard.com/website.

Chip Dizard is a member of New Hope Adventist Church in Fulton, Maryland and is part of the media ministry team. He also has a video training sites webvideochefs.com and blogs about church production on his media site chip.photography.