Part of my role at my church is communications. My church ministry (Neighborhood Church of Redding) is in the process of launching a new website and with all the effort being put forth I am shocked to learn that 25% of protestant churches have no internet presence. A very small percentage of church sites offer interactive elements. Our desire is to grow our internet presence and online ministry. We hope to offer streaming video, beyond having our current sermons in audio and in print. Our site will have an interactive element where you can search to find a small group either near your home or with people that have similar interests. We are just beginning our journey with a new look and it will take sometime to be filled with these features and others that we desire. However, we are on that path.
In a story by The Christian Post, you find the following:
Less likely to appear are Bible study material or helps, sermon transcripts, upcoming sermon titles or topics, sermons available in streaming audio, a bulletin board, forum, or chat room, sermons in streaming video, testimonies, and a way to donate online (two percent).
Indeed, it is a surprise to me how rare our internet plan is. We intend to do nearly all the items in the above quote and already have some. A static site will not make the difference that an online ministry can make. The reality is that it is a lot of work and takes planning and coordination, so it is no wonder some shy away from it. By the way, check out our site and let me know what you think of the new design. I think our graphic artist did a good job of reaching our goals to capture Redding and our church. Church site: www.ncredding.com Even though we are still in the launching phase, Let me know what you think of our church site!