Church Website Design
Helping to bring ministry and fellowship online.
Like the opening of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, creating and maintaining a website can provide ‘the best of times and the worst of times’. That is why we take the role of leading your website development very seriously – supporting and developing your online communications is of paramount importance which is why we provide first class service, support and consultation to all our clients. Whatever your requirements and budget, we will work with you to develop the best online solution for your church and community.
We could easily provide a range of ‘one-size-fits-all’ packages, with a range of prices and features listed, according to what we think you need. Fortunately for you, that is not how we work. Each church is different. Each congregation is unique and in turn your needs will be based on your goals and targets – the expectations of each church we work with are always unique, which is why we provide a ‘tailored’ service, suited to your needs with room for development in the future.
We live in a rapidly changing world. The internet is changing even more rapidly than everything else. The internet is estimated to makes a year’s progress in less than three months. In fact millions of pages have been added to the internet in the past 2.6 months alone. It is often difficult to keep up with such a rapid rate of change, but this is one of the things that we work towards for all our clients: ensuring that your website services are relevant to the 1.3 billion people using the internet worldwide.
Many churches have what are often referred to as ‘brochure websites’ – sites that have one or two pages with very basic content. While these meet a need, the modern user of the internet is looking for detailed and relevant information. This is why we provide all of our websites with a basic framework of features and services, ensuring that the content is relevant and meets the needs and expectations of today’s internet user. The internet is more than a giant ‘yellow pages’ – most internet users want to learn, experience and develop an understanding of the world around them whilst online. Our job is to help churches provide information and resources that will help today’s internet user to learn, experience and understand the modern Christian church.
The small church website could include all of the following features in an eight page website:
- Service Times
- History of the Church
- Who’s Who
- Statement of Faith
- Directions / Contacts
- News / Groups & Associations / Meetings
However, you may choose any of the following features to make up the eight pages that are offered in the standard small church website. For larger churches, cathedrals and groups of churches such as a circuit or deanery that require more detail and services you can choose as many of the features from the following list:
- Welcome page
- Christianity / Mission Statement / Church Life
- History of the Church / Bells / Tower / Genealogical Interests
- Music & Choir
- Who’s Who
- Church Tour / Virtual Tour
- Activities within the Church
- Parish News and Events
- Photo Gallery
- Community Links / Advertising
- School links / visits
- Children’s Groups
- Visiting the Church
- Diary of Events
- Pew Leaflets
- Chat Room / Discussion Boards
- Church Groups: Alpha / Choir / Parent & Toddler / Pastoral / Bible Study / Sunday School / Mothers’ Union etc
- Church Rooms for Hire
- Online Newsletters / Magazines / Articles / Parish Magazine
- Appeals / Donations
- Gift Shop Online
- Youth Pages – created and developed by the youth groups
- Online Prayer Request
- How to Find Us / Contacts
- History of Notable Locals / World War Graves
- Friends Associations
While many of the above may be suitable for individual and groups of churches, additional features are required for regional or diocesan websites that provide an overview of the work of the area as a whole. The following features are available on regional, diocesan or provincial websites:
- Introduction from the Bishop
- Leadership / Officers
- Parishes / Churches Online
- World Mission
- Ecumenical Links
- Life-long Learning
- Job Opportunities
- Young People
- Information and Resources
- Bible Study / Weekly Reading
- Church Projects
- Schools and Colleges
- Family & Marriage
- Other Faiths
- Who is Jesus?
As a Christian church website design business, the majority of our time spent in consultation, discussion and guidance is unpaid. We would like nothing more than to offer highly polished, professional websites for free, but unfortunately we are unable due to our running costs. However, our service costs for a professionally designed church website are considerably less than standard commercial rates. In fact, based on the services offered by our parent company, Pathmaker, prices are over 60% less for churches and Christian groups.
We do not charge a premium for the highly regarded service and customer support that we provide to all our clients – we care for each project with the same degree of professionalism, enthusiasm and interest.
We are not just website designers. We provide a service that goes far beyond website development. We offer advice and guidance based on our years of internet experience and have team leaders who currently work within church ministries within the UK who can provide practical theological, ecumenical and pastoral support.
We have opted not to include costs and prices on the website as each church is unique and therefore we aim to provide the best price according to your needs and budget. For example, the Diocese of Argyll will not require the same level of website development as the Diocese of London and therefore will require the creation of two different development plans with two different prices for website design.
To find out how we can support your online development, please contact our support team on: firstname.lastname@example.org. We offer a ‘no pressure’ service and at no time will you be faced with ‘hard sell’ techniques. We are here to help – call us or email us today for ways in which we can help develop your online presence.