25% of Churches Not Online: How online ministry can make a difference

WebsnapshotPart 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!

Read more here: The Christian Post:  Study Shows Churches Not Making Full Use of the Power of the Internet

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

12 comments

  1. We’re a really small church up here in Oregon, and we’ve been online for about a year now. We’ve had the interactive content for only about 5 months or so, but we still get about 400 unique visitors to the weblog every month. I’m still trying to get the “older” generation in our congregation to post and respond, but they’ll get there in due time. We have a young lady in seminary in Kansas City, and it’s great to have her report back in to the church that way once in a while. It doesn’t take a huge budget or even somebody with a lot of technical skills to get the job done. It just takes somebody willing to put forth the effort to make it work. All in all, it’s been a nice addition to our ministry, something to support what we’re already doing in the church.
    BTW, your site looks great! Your web designer did a nice job.

  2. We’re a really small church up here in Oregon, and we’ve been online for about a year now. We’ve had the interactive content for only about 5 months or so, but we still get about 400 unique visitors to the weblog every month. I’m still trying to get the “older” generation in our congregation to post and respond, but they’ll get there in due time. We have a young lady in seminary in Kansas City, and it’s great to have her report back in to the church that way once in a while. It doesn’t take a huge budget or even somebody with a lot of technical skills to get the job done. It just takes somebody willing to put forth the effort to make it work. All in all, it’s been a nice addition to our ministry, something to support what we’re already doing in the church.
    BTW, your site looks great! Your web designer did a nice job.

  3. We’re a really small church up here in Oregon, and we’ve been online for about a year now. We’ve had the interactive content for only about 5 months or so, but we still get about 400 unique visitors to the weblog every month. I’m still trying to get the “older” generation in our congregation to post and respond, but they’ll get there in due time. We have a young lady in seminary in Kansas City, and it’s great to have her report back in to the church that way once in a while. It doesn’t take a huge budget or even somebody with a lot of technical skills to get the job done. It just takes somebody willing to put forth the effort to make it work. All in all, it’s been a nice addition to our ministry, something to support what we’re already doing in the church.
    BTW, your site looks great! Your web designer did a nice job.

  4. We’re a really small church up here in Oregon, and we’ve been online for about a year now. We’ve had the interactive content for only about 5 months or so, but we still get about 400 unique visitors to the weblog every month. I’m still trying to get the “older” generation in our congregation to post and respond, but they’ll get there in due time. We have a young lady in seminary in Kansas City, and it’s great to have her report back in to the church that way once in a while. It doesn’t take a huge budget or even somebody with a lot of technical skills to get the job done. It just takes somebody willing to put forth the effort to make it work. All in all, it’s been a nice addition to our ministry, something to support what we’re already doing in the church.
    BTW, your site looks great! Your web designer did a nice job.

  5. Hey Rich. You know I’ve sort of become the web site content master/manager at our church. I’m discovering how important the web is and it’s impact it can have. We rolled out a new site recently and have found that new people visiting our church have decided to come based on what they saw on the site. Churches have GOT to understand how important it is.
    BTW – Love the new site your church has.

  6. Hey Rich. You know I’ve sort of become the web site content master/manager at our church. I’m discovering how important the web is and it’s impact it can have. We rolled out a new site recently and have found that new people visiting our church have decided to come based on what they saw on the site. Churches have GOT to understand how important it is.
    BTW – Love the new site your church has.

  7. Hey Rich. You know I’ve sort of become the web site content master/manager at our church. I’m discovering how important the web is and it’s impact it can have. We rolled out a new site recently and have found that new people visiting our church have decided to come based on what they saw on the site. Churches have GOT to understand how important it is.
    BTW – Love the new site your church has.

  8. Hey Rich. You know I’ve sort of become the web site content master/manager at our church. I’m discovering how important the web is and it’s impact it can have. We rolled out a new site recently and have found that new people visiting our church have decided to come based on what they saw on the site. Churches have GOT to understand how important it is.
    BTW – Love the new site your church has.

  9. Rich, I have to say that I really love the new design of the NCR website! I’m guessing that this might be Wendy’s work…it’s one of the best I’ve seen. Since moving from Redding to Phoenix last year I’ve visited lots of websites trying to scope out which churches I wanted to visit. Not very many have anything interactive at all. I’m really impressed with the site and can’t wait till you have the streaming vidio up and running! I’ve finally found a church to settle into, but I still miss NCR and listen to Pastor Bill on a regular basis. It will be really great to get the “full effect” of NCR once again…the leadership and body of NCR have been such a huge blessing!!!

  10. Rich, I have to say that I really love the new design of the NCR website! I’m guessing that this might be Wendy’s work…it’s one of the best I’ve seen. Since moving from Redding to Phoenix last year I’ve visited lots of websites trying to scope out which churches I wanted to visit. Not very many have anything interactive at all. I’m really impressed with the site and can’t wait till you have the streaming vidio up and running! I’ve finally found a church to settle into, but I still miss NCR and listen to Pastor Bill on a regular basis. It will be really great to get the “full effect” of NCR once again…the leadership and body of NCR have been such a huge blessing!!!

  11. Rich, I have to say that I really love the new design of the NCR website! I’m guessing that this might be Wendy’s work…it’s one of the best I’ve seen. Since moving from Redding to Phoenix last year I’ve visited lots of websites trying to scope out which churches I wanted to visit. Not very many have anything interactive at all. I’m really impressed with the site and can’t wait till you have the streaming vidio up and running! I’ve finally found a church to settle into, but I still miss NCR and listen to Pastor Bill on a regular basis. It will be really great to get the “full effect” of NCR once again…the leadership and body of NCR have been such a huge blessing!!!

  12. Rich, I have to say that I really love the new design of the NCR website! I’m guessing that this might be Wendy’s work…it’s one of the best I’ve seen. Since moving from Redding to Phoenix last year I’ve visited lots of websites trying to scope out which churches I wanted to visit. Not very many have anything interactive at all. I’m really impressed with the site and can’t wait till you have the streaming vidio up and running! I’ve finally found a church to settle into, but I still miss NCR and listen to Pastor Bill on a regular basis. It will be really great to get the “full effect” of NCR once again…the leadership and body of NCR have been such a huge blessing!!!

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