“Religion is the first and last – the universal language of the human heart.”
–W. Waldemar W. Argow
Welcome to Faith and Web. If you’re interested in learning how to build a better web presence for your congregation, you’ve come to the right place. I’m Anna Belle Leiserson, and my not-so-secret passion is helping religious communities of all stripes leverage the Web.
So many congregations are intimidated by the Web. It’s understandable. Few have the resources of e-commerce, many of our leaders grew up long before the Web was a twinkle in Tim Berners-Lee’s eye, and the Web itself changes at a breakneck pace. And then there are all of the other priorities tugging at a congregation’s coat. Increasingly, however, congregational leaders realize it’s imperative to have at a good website.
The good news is building the Web is not just manageable, it’s a potential source of joy to all involved. Just get the backing of leadership, find the right people to do the various jobs, get organized and be informed.
Speaking of being informed, below I’ve broken this blog’s more substantial entries into a few categories.
- Starting a Church Website on a Shoestring: Part 1
- Starting a Church Website on a Shoestring: Part 2
- Of Hospitality and Home Pages
- It’s the Content, Stupid: includes a “Checklist of Critical Church Website Content”
- Optimize Your Congregation’s Website for Search Engines: includes a checklist
How To – or – the Nuts & Bolts
- Content Management Systems, Wikis, etc., etc.
These entries follow the ongoing and thorough process of redesigning my church’s website.
- Church Site Redesign: Step 1 – The Kick-Off
- 5 Key Redesign Goals that Promote Ministry
- Content Audits Are a Beautiful Thing
- How Your Church’s Mission Can Inform Its Website
- A Gallery of Inspirations for Church Webmasters
Managing People is Part of Creating a Great Website
- The Nine Roles and Skills that Make or Break Your Church Website
- The Essentials for Enjoying Volunteer Web Work
- How to “Fire” a Client
- How to Have (or Be) a Happy Church Webmaster