30 Beautiful Church Website Templates for Ministry and Outreach

Websites have quickly become a powerful and necessary tool for the church. These days more people are finding churches through searching online, than searching through the phone book. However, even if you come up #1 in searches all the time, that won’t do you much good if your website looks out-of-date or just plain ugly. You need to make a good first impression for any potential visitors and your church website will serve as your digital ambassador to the world. The internet has grown leaps and bounds since its inception and continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Keeping up with those changes and maintaining a look with the latest and greatest features can be exceptionally difficult. This is where church website templates come in. Oftentimes, we hear the word “template” and think that this means low quality cookie cutter stuff. In actuality, many templates are out there that make even professional web designers have to  do a triple-take to see if what they are looking at is truly a template or custom design work. Continue reading “30 Beautiful Church Website Templates for Ministry and Outreach” »

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The fastest way to build a beautiful church website

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Your church or ministry may be in the process of setting up a church website and looking at all the many options available. There may be many things you deem important in choosing the best solution provider. More than anything, you will probably want a solution that not only provides the website, but hosting as well, and both of those should be budget-friendly. You can look at solution providers that are tailored towards churches and ministry, or you can make use of the many secular offerings that provide websites to anyone. The ideal situation for a church would be to pick a company that agrees with their statement of faith. One should take note that many of the secular alternatives also host websites with mature content, which you would not want to support. Continue reading “The fastest way to build a beautiful church website” »

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How to Encourage Your Congregation Through Your Church Website

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Encouragement comes in many forms, and while the act of “one-another” fellowship typically involves a physical assembly of two or more, we cannot discount the benefits of offering virtual support and inspiration. Your website has the potential to present refreshment to the weary, quiet answers to those seeking, and just good in-between inspiration and hope to a community of believers endeavoring to make sense of it all. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Here are some practical ways to offer encouragement using your church website: Continue reading “How to Encourage Your Congregation Through Your Church Website” »

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Want to Live Stream Your Sermons? Try Google Hangout – How to Live Stream Your Church Service with Google Hangout

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If you’ve ever wanted to have live video streams of your church services but weren’t sure if there was enough interest to justify the effort and cost, we’ve got great news for you! Google+ Hangouts give you a way to add live video streams to your Church Website at no cost and with very little effort. All you need is a website, a Google+ account and a camera on an Internet-connected computer during your service. Continue reading “Want to Live Stream Your Sermons? Try Google Hangout – How to Live Stream Your Church Service with Google Hangout” »

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Getting Advanced with Your Church Website – Introduction

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Let me describe a common scenario. This is a true story. My passion for Church Websites began at home. I used to be a volunteer youth group leader at a medium-sized congregation, and I worked professionally in the tech industry. As a young man (with a lot of time on his hands), I designed and built my church its first website in 1998. At first, I was its sole maintainer. But as my career began to take off and my family grew, requiring more and more of my time, it became difficult for me to continue updating the website and its content. Continue reading “Getting Advanced with Your Church Website – Introduction” »

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Brand New Church Website Template Released Plus Better User Experience

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Programming websites is difficult. At Sharefaith, we provide everything you need to have a website without doing any programming yourself, but there are a number of obstacles that we have to deal with in providing an intuitive interface. Even with decent “What You See Is What You Get” (WYSIWYG) editing tools in place, you are at the mercy of the instances in which the authors of those tools decide that, “What You See is a close proximity, but may not be exactly What You Get.” All of the WYSIWYG content editors that we have seen (including the one we use – up until now) miss one simple fact: People who don’t want to learn a bunch of new computer skills are most comfortable if their content editor acts exactly like Microsoft Word. Continue reading “Brand New Church Website Template Released Plus Better User Experience” »

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How to Add Sermon Podcasts to Your Sharefaith Church Website

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Get your sermons and worship service in the hands of millions of believers online through podcasts. Here’s the fastest way to add a full Sermon/Audio player to your Sharefaith church website. Go ahead and customize it and make it podcast ready! Continue reading “How to Add Sermon Podcasts to Your Sharefaith Church Website” »

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7 Great Church Website Tips to Grow Your Church

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Your website is the cover page of your church. It should not only be the introduction to your ministry but also the source of active ministry. It is a very effective tool for inviting new members and reaching out to those who are searching. I have listed 7 things to include if you wish your website to be a vehicle of growth in your church:

 

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Font Customization on Your Church Website

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Too often websites, especially Church Websites, fall into the mold of using the same old fonts and never leaving the “Arial/Courier/Times New Roman” crowd. Sometimes the reason is that it’s too difficult to update fonts on the website and the end user has to know a lot of coding. Other times it’s just that custom fonts are not made available or are not possible with many church website providers. Neither of these reasons are the situation with Sharefaith Websites. Churches have the ability to use virtually any web-font desired on their website. Here are a couple reasons to have custom fonts: Continue reading “Font Customization on Your Church Website” »

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