About half a week ago, we started a new service called www.customchurchwebsite.org. It's a way we can help Churches be able to afford websites that they couldn't before.
Many businesses and Churches use template-based websites (even if they pay for the template). Template-based websites do allow for some customization, but what if your Church could afford custom websites that don't use templates that other Churches may have? Now your Church can afford it because we will try to work within your Church's budget to get you a quality custom website.
Plus, you'll get several bonuses, which you can find mentioned here. Did we mention it's risk free? If you don't like the website, you can get a refund up to 14 days after your purchase! What do you have to lose?
FaithVenture Media was founded on April 27, 2017, by newlyweds Jeremy and Magda Woods (though Magda is now on Maternity Leave for 2 years). Originally, their goal was to publish books (and they needed an official book publisher backing them since it’s hard to freelance in Romania). While they have published a total of 4 books since the company’s founding, once the company was almost started, Jeremy realized that, since he could do websites and videos, he should offer them through the company as well. About half a year later, he also added logo design, business card design, and more to the company’s services offering. FaithVenture Media also started the Christian Language Learning Network in November (though it still needs to grow the audience in it - it only costs $4 per month to join, so why not try it?).
Unfortunately, finding customers is much harder than one would think. While FaithVenture Media has only one official website customer so far (with several more deals in the making), Jeremy and Magda are trusting through faith that the company will continue to grow. If you know of any business or Church that needs a website, please send them our way. We can do custom websites - we just request that you submit a form so we can give you a proper price quote. We hope to help your company in any way that we can! Also, if you are reading this note in the month of January 2018, see if you can find a promo code on our page. It’s worth 25% of your custom website quote that we give you. When you find it, use the code in the price quote form for a special discount.
Recently, we've decided to change our workflow plan because we have come across better ways to make websites, and this required a change of plans. Keep in mind that there is the one-time design fee for creating the layout and look of your website and also a monthly fee for hosting and for unlimited updates. Here is the new workflow for our websites:
If you haven't already, get a price quote from us to see how we can help you create your new and improved website!
We do also offer free templates on our website in case you want a template and not a custom website.
I see many companies/Churches with Facebook pages, but they don't list their website because they don't have one. Facebook is doing many things to make websites less and less appealing to companies and Churches, but websites still are needed in today's business world. Here are 5 reasons why:
1. When you message a business on Facebook, the message goes directly to their notifications, not to their inbox. Therefore, they have to actually search to find your message, instead of it being easy to find.
2. Facebook is a timeline-based tool. You can't reorder posts, so you have to keep posting for things to come up to the top. You can re-order the tabs and personalize them, but it's still not the same.
3. People should be able to find a company easily online. They can easily type in a website url, but to get to a Facebook page, they have to open the Facebook app and then search for the company/Church.
4. For Churches, it's best to be able to put audio sermons online, and Facebook does not offer this yet (and probably won't in the future offer audio uploading). Videos can be put online, but websites still do this better.
5. The world wide web is still much more than Facebook. Facebook is a social media website on the world wide web. Having a page is helpful, but it's not the extent of your business' presence on the web. A website is extremely customizable, and cannot be replaced by a cookie cutter platform (something that is the same or similar for all that use it).
Please, by all means, use your Facebook page to your heart's content, but please remember that it isn't the only tool that you should use for your business. It should be one of several tools in your business' toolbox.
What your company should have:
1. Facebook Page
3. Yellow Pages (or a business directory)
4. A Twitter account
5. A LinkedIn company page
6. A Vimeo or YouTube account
7. A business relationship with FaithVenture Media
Want to do business together? Please contact us!
When talking to Churches and organizations about getting a website, I hear things I never expect to hear from someone. Recently, a Church answered, "We're not interested." When we probed and went further into why they don't want a website, we got an even more interesting and unexpected response: "Our money is better spent in some other way." At the time, our prices were very much under the market for websites (we have recently changed strategy and still are under the market value for websites but still closer to market value). I agree. It is important how you spend money, especially for Churches.
However, a website is an important asset for a Church. It is the first thing a lot of upcoming visitors to your Church will research. They will want to know several things: who is the pastor, what time do the services start, is there something for kids during the worship service, what should we wear to this Church?
Without a website, your Church will have less visitors or else have visitors unprepared (either late or under-dressed or over-dressed). Social media is important, as well, and fortunately it is free, but websites allow for something that social media doesn't: a stable experience for everyone. When you get onto a website, you'll see the same thing today that someone may have seen a few weeks ago. A website is user-driven and a social media site (such as Facebook) is experience-driven or Church-driven. Visitors to a Facebook page see posts, which means that something from a year ago has been hidden by other posts. A website is more organized, and information is more easily find-able.
You don't want just any website, though. Websites are like the front of a building. It's what people first see when they are looking at visiting your Church. In fact, most millennials even look up most businesses (and Churches) on the Internet before they go to the business (or attend a worship service). Read this quote and think about it: "Your church website is your first impression. It needs to represent who you are as a church. Think of it like the upkeep of your building. You wouldn’t let your facilities fall apart, so why would you let your website look bad?" (Jerod Clark, Church Website Statistics).
Going back to the beginning of this post, a Church that we talked to recently said that their money was better spent other ways. While I agree that it is important how you spend money, a website is not just simply a presence on the Internet. It is an investment in future members of God's Kingdom and also a way for you to communicate with your Church members throughout the week (ex. blog posts, announcements, online sermons, etc.). Most Churches can afford to get a quality website and not dip into the money that can be (and should be) used elsewhere. I'd have to say that if you can get a quality website, you should, because people are looking up your Church online. Will they find it?