I look at a lot of church websites. Some are good, many are less good, and some are abysmal. I'm talking websites that have such poor SEO they don't show up when you search them by name and city (that's not a joke). Part of our mission here at Digisciple.Me is to help churches communicate better and your website is in many ways the first page of your church. If it's not up to a decent standard you could lose potential visitors. So, we've put together this list of things you can do to fix your church's website without having to know a lot of code.
As the Christmas season quickly approaches many churches will be preparing to send out invitational mailouts to their communities, and I think it's a great idea! However, church marketing is a tricky business. Many churches aren't sure where to start or what to communicate or how. Here are some tips to help you maximize your mailout effort and help bring some new people into your church this season.
Being in ministry can be difficult. There is pressure to grow your congregation but, at the same time, people are resistant to change. It's tough to find a middle ground. And, while this article is about church growth I want to emphasize that church growth is not always what's needed. Sometimes, I may even say most times, what needs growing is our level of devotion and discipleship. Once discipleship is your priority the growth thing will handle itself. That being said, here are three mistakes even smart pastors make that make them frustrated about church growth.
Instagram is a great platform to help you grow your ministry. While not the leading social media platform, it is in the top three and quickly growing, especially with youth and Millennials. Here at Digisciple.Me our number one rule for making online content is to be consistent. Posting things sporadically or less than once a month is about as effective as not posting at all, but sometimes it can be difficult to keep coming up with ideas, or even to remember to take photos at church events. With that in mind we have put together a list of 4 websites to help your church be able to post consistently and in a way that will build your following both online and in the pews.
as a philosopher, I have a huge problem with circular reasoning. If you don't know what that is, it's an argument that “proves” itself by beginning with it's own ending point. One of the big ones we are faced with as Christians is the idea that the bible is true because it says it's true. This is an argument many Christians accept, and site verses like 2 Timothy 3:16 as a justification:
There is a weird dichotomy in being a human in that we can be both evil and holy at the same time. Our nature is a sin nature, and so many of our wants, ambitions, and motivations are rooted in evil, and yet, we have been forgiven by the death and resurrection of Jesus and set apart from the rest of the world (that's what the word “holy” means; to be set apart). And so we find ourselves in this state of flux, where we act in wickedness, and God takes our disobedience and uses it against evil turning our weakness into strength
The great thing about the Kingdom of God is that God doesn't like to work through people who have it all together. When we have it all together (if there is such a thing) we tend to attribute the greatness of our deeds to ourselves, whereas those of us in the other column (the ones who definitely don't have anything together) know that we could not accomplish much without the help of God.
The Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven (it's called both, but it's the same thing) is an upside down kingdom where the last are first and the first are last, where leaders lead not for glory and accolades but to serve those they lead; in the same way that Jesus washed his disciples feet (a task usually reserved for the lowliest of servants or slaves) we are to humble ourselves and serve those around us.
The promise of the cross is pretty overwhelming. That nothing you have done or will do or could do can separate you from God's love (Romans 8:38-39) can be hard to grasp. But it's true. God loves us so much that, while we were still sinners, He sent His son to become the perfect sacrifice for us to atone for our sins.
Sometimes we look at the Bible and the way the Israelites acted and how they would worship false gods and we think something along the lines of, “silly, Israelites. Why do you keep making this mistake?” It's easy to sit in condemnation of others from a standpoint in history when we know better. However, this problem is still around.
a parent longs to see their kids meet their potential and find satisfaction, whatever that looks like. God wants us to grow. He's created so many experiences for us that it's tragic when we don't get to experience them. As we grow we know God more completely and we become known more completely ourselves.
This would have been shocking to anyone hearing it who might have thought Jesus was the Messiah. The Messiah was expected to overthrow the Romans and return right worship to the temple in Jerusalem, but Jesus preached the coming of an upside down kingdom where the first were last, the last were first, and where leaders led by serving.
Challenge False Idealism: In the wake of the tragic and frightening violence in Virginia this week, I saw a church sign that had my respect and attention. It read: “White Supremacy is a Sin. Say It.” My legit reaction was “I want to go to there!” Let's not beat around the bush, the gospel is a revolutionary document. It dictates a way of living that requires us to call out injustice and sin as we see it, keeping ourselves to the same standards. If we aren't willing to engage with the gospel on this level, we can't expect our congregations to engage with our content either.
I imagine this was a hard thing for Jesus to say, in part prophesying his own death, the words right true: to seek after the world is to deny Christ, and to seek after Christ is to deny the world. What matters in life is not how much money you make, or how secure you are, or the car you drive, or how smart your kids are or anything like that. What matters is Christ. And we need to be willing to give all that other stuff up if we want to truly follow him.
Truly, not every church is meant to Willow Creek or Mars Hill. And by the same token, not every church is meant to be a cozy little home church either. I do think, though, that all churches are meant to grow. That doesn't always mean people in pews, that can also mean in generosity, in influence, in social accountability, and many more ways.
This to me is a call to remember that God is good, that my soul doesn't need to be restless all the time because, when it comes down to it, God is good to me. This verse is saying, “Remember to take a brake! Be at peace! Calm your soul! The world will not stop turning! Take care of yourself, because God has been good to you.”