I always struggled with the sound guy who “was never being fed” in church. I always wanted to say (and probably actually did a couple times) “suck it up man and grow up… learn to feed yourself.” But now I’m beginning to wonder if we don’t owe sound guys everywhere at least a little bit of an apology.
Archives For Church
Before I work with a church I will always visit their website. I’m sure this is also the case with people who are considering attending a church. The last stat I read indicated that the vast majority (around 85%) of young people will check out a church’s website before attending. As you’ve probably figured out, many people are making decisions about your church before they ever arrive on location.
It’s interesting how much you can tell about a church just from a glance at the website. Here are the things that normally jump out at me:
- The style of the site tells me a lot about the style of the church
- The timeliness of the content tells me a lot about the importance the church places on what is happening
- How the content is prioritized tells me a lot about what the church prioritizes
- The focus or lack of focus of content speaks volumes about the vision of the church
- The pictures or lack of pictures tells me a lot about what the church emphasizes
- The navigation on the site is a great indicator of how the organization is led
- The spacing or clutter can tell a lot about what the church’s facility will be like
It’s very interesting how a church’s website is a reflection of the church. In some cases churches desperately need to update their site to better reflect who they are, but in other cases their site may just be an electronic assessment of an internal reality.
In the next few posts I’ll give you just a few ways you can take you site to the next level. Be sure to give me your input as well.
8. Go Mobile
Yesterday I was amazed to find out that you could watch a live stream from a helicopter following a tornado ripping across Oklahoma. It was heartbreaking to watch the tornado flatten houses, and to see people crawling out of their demolished homes. (You can be a part of the relief efforts through http://love417.com/ or http://www.convoyofhope.org/)
One of the big topics today is the issue of reconciling suffering with faith and Christianity. With the recent disasters that we’ve witnessed around the world, people are wrestling with a lot of questions of faith in the midst of all the storms.
Recently on Twitter I asked what were some of your church pet peeves. I wasn’t expecting as much feedback as I got, and so I eventually compiled most of the comments into a blog post. One of the pet peeves in particular seemed to me like it needed more exploring:
“Pastors who guard their Sabbath but expect volunteers to serve on theirs”