How to Build a Church Website

By Rhonda Campbell

  • Overview

    A church website allows local pastors and congregations to spread the gospel globally. Ministries can make scriptures, sermons and community photos available to the general public 24/7. Also, as more churches build websites, the choices of church directories and religious networking forums grows. Overall, the time, labor and cost required to build a church website is relatively minimal and inexpensive. Depending on the style and functionality of your church website, the benefits can be far-reaching.
    How to Build a Church Website
    • Step 1

      Shop around and locate a reliable web hosting service. Key elements to look for in a web hosting service include monthly server space fees, maintenance coverage (you'll need this should your website go down due to server problems) and features offered. Features could include tools to build a discussion forum, visitor statistics broken down geographically and keyword searches. The more features the hosting service offers, the less time you have to spend shopping for software packages that provide these features separately. Cost of web hosting services range from $10 to $40 a month.
    • Step 2

      Look inside your congregation for a member who is technologically savvy and who also has a passion for graphics design. Ask this member if she is willing to design a template for your church website and add monthly updates to the website. Final Web, Faith Websites and Church Square offer templates that churches can use. Bravenet and Template Monster also provide templates in a broad range of topics. A skilled website designer can also create a custom made website for your church. If you go with a professional website designer, shop around for prices, get referrals and check out other websites the designer has worked on.

    • Step 3

      Take pictures of your church events and add them to your website. You can also add photos of your ministerial staff, committees and other church organizations to allow visitors to feel more familiar with the people at the church.
    • Step 4

      Add a discussion forum, giving visitors the chance to interact with church members. To eliminate spam and unwanted discussions, assign a member of the church to monitor the discussion forum. You can also set the discussion forum up so that participants have to register for a login name and password before posting comments to the forum.
    • Step 5

      Include a calendar of events to let visitors know what is happening at the church and when. Post days and times for events such as regular worship services, prayer meetings, bible study and Sunday school.
    • Step 6

      Keep your website current. Adding a calendar of events, discussion forum, weekly scripture and sermon to your website will help to keep the information at your website current. The more current your website, the more visitors are likely to bookmark your site and stop by for frequent visits.
    • Step 7

      Create a secure form so visitors can contact you.Include a contact form at the top or bottom of each page of your website to allow visitors to easily contact you. A contact form will lower or eliminate the spam email your website administrator could potentially receive.
    • Skill: Moderately Easy

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