We've identified 8 key pages that should be on the website (but not necessarily all on the top menu). In no particular order, these are:
- Staff Page
- Visitors Page
- Ministries Page
- Sermon Archive/Livestream Page
- Testimonies Page
- Missions Page
- Contact Page
Let's look into more detail what these types of pages mean:
1. Staff Page - This one is fairly obvious, but you want to make sure it's easy for new visitors to know who works at your Church (as well as it's also good information for your Church members to know). One of the first things someone will want to know when learning about your Church is who is your Pastor (or they may want to know who's over the Spiritual growth of their children at the Church, etc.). A close second may be who your elders are (this is one thing Churches tend to leave off, but it's something that perhaps new members will want to be able to know and reference).
2. Visitors Page - This is a very important page as well, but mostly more modern Churches have it on their website (more traditional Churches usually do not yet put this on their site). The reason this page should become a focus (and also put prominently on the website) is that people coming to your Church may not know what to expect. They may want to know what style the preaching and music are, what is the expectation you have for dress, what goes on for children during the service, what time they should arrive, etc. You can put it in an FAQ format, if that helps you organize it better.
3. Ministries Page - Smaller Churches could get away with just a broad Ministries page, whereas larger Churches should have a Ministries landing page that leads to pages with their other ministries. It's important for both visitors and members to know what's going on within your Church's ministries.
4. Sermon Archive Page - It's becoming more and more important for Churches to record their services, and having a place to view them all (besides just Facebook or YouTube) is a great way to engage your members and visitors. Also, be sure to put a livestream of your service somewhere on your website as well.
5. Testimonies Page - It's not done, but it's important for a Church website to showcase the testimonies of some of it's Church members. It doesn't have to be a promotion for your Church (about how good it is), but rather showcase the transformation your Church members have had by becoming a Christian and engaging with the Bible and with other Christians in fellowship. It can be text format (maybe a blog category), but it's even better if it's done on video and at least semi-professional (maybe even on your YouTube channel). They can be short or long, but make sure if it's video testimonies that they are engaging.
6. Missions Page - Even smaller Churches probably should have a page dedicated to Missions (what missionaries you support, where you go for short-term missions, etc.). Also, put a contact person on the page with their email address or phone number, or both, so that people can contact them about missions easier.
7. Blog - You should regularly update a blog for your Church website. It can range from almost any Christian topics, and perhaps contain the text of your sermons. You could have some members write encouraging blog posts also, if you want.
8. Contact Page - Lastly, but not least important, you need an easily accessible page where visitors and members can contact your Church Office (along with listing the Church's address and maybe even directions, if the Church can't easily be found). This is on most websites, but it's definitely one you'll want to not forget to put on your website.
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