Mike Pritchard is an international Christian web designer with a passion for internet evangelism.
He has over 10 years experience in presenting compelling website content.
Mike is the owner of Pritchard Webpages and has been a Christian for a long time but found himself falling in love with Jesus in the year 2000.
In 2003 he left his life in the states to become a missionary with Calvary Chapel Bible College in Hungary. He enjoyed his time serving the Lord overseas, and enjoyed learning that serving God is an amazing adventure.
Since his return to the US he is now a full-time web-designer.
Churches use their websites to reach their current congregation, or their nearby community. While that is admirable, the world is full of people who need to hear about Jesus.
- Simple changes can bring immense increases in effectiveness.
- Currently if someone is struggling with some life-issue such as suicide, drug use or spousal abuse and they search the internet for help, they will usually not find info that says Jesus can help them. Instead they will find secular advice (and some of it is not very good).
- With the right text we, the Christian community, could reach people that ordinarily we would never reach.
- Go to google and type in "How to kill yourself", you will see what I mean.
7 Questions Every Church Visitor Wants to Know
- 1. I am nervous about visiting your church, what is it like there?
- 2. Where is the front door?
- 3. What is the pastor like?
- 4. What are the pastor's sermons like?
- 5. What is the music like?
- 6. Is the children's ministry okay?
- 7. What are the people attending your church like?
#1. What's it like at your church?When you go to a new place, especially a church, you never know what to expect. You think "Will I be bored to tears, will it be too exciting for me and make me uncomfortable?"
#2. Where is the front door?Have you ever been somewhere that there are people inside who can see you and you can't find the door? Use a photo to show people where your front door is.
#3. What is the pastor like?A photo on the front page, with a video of the pastor welcoming the person to church and a video of the pastor's sermon, this will answer that question for people. This question can keep people from coming to a new church, therefore the pastor needs to be willing to put his photo on the front page of the website.
#4. What are the pastor's sermons like?All you need is a brief description and mp3 and video of a sermon.
#5. What is the music like?(if you refer to it as "Worship" non-Christians won't know what you are talking about) A brief description and mp3 and video of music. Be sure to include photos during your worship so people know what happens during your worship.
#6. Is the children's ministry okay?Use a brief description and photos, and if your children's ministry workers need to clear a police background check before working there you should let people know that.
#7. What are the people attending your church like?All you need is a description and photo showing they are normal people.
I am convinced that this barrier of fear...
...about visiting a new church is why so many people, when they are looking for a church, go to a church where they know someone, so that person can "walk them in" the first time.
But if you address these issues on your website you will make it a lot easier for a first time visitor to attend your church.
If you need any advice implementing any of these ideas give me a call at (951)970-6172 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I offer a free one-hour consultation and would love to help you bring more people into your church.
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Author: Mike Pritchard
Can you think of an 8th question?
What freaks you out about going to a new church?
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