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First impressions of your church

First impressions of your church

Where do people get their first impressions of your church? Well they might go and read a noticeboard which is standing outside, especially if you are a town centre church. Or they might have a church magazine posted through their door.

It's highly likely nowadays that the majority of people will get their first impressions of your church through your website. If you don't think you have any presence on the internet, try googling the name of your church because that's what people will do. Find out what they see. Don't forget many church organisations have a national directory such as 'A Church Near You.' You don't want those to be full of irrelevent out of date content either. Anyay, have a read of this infographic and please feel free to comment.

 

 

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Five QR code ideas for your church

Five QR code ideas for your church

I was recently asked what those square code things are and whether they could be used by churches to encourage people to raise funds, for example. This blog contains a short introduction to QR codes along with some practical ideas that you could use in your church. Ask one of your Digital Superstars to help.

What is a QR code?

The term QR code means Quick Response code. Think of it as a 2D barcode that opens a link to a website. The concept it simple. If you have a web page that you want people to visit, then you can create a QR code that encodes a link to that page.

Here is an example. Try it out and see what happens. Not sure how? Keep reading.

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Is a digital presence for your church just a ‘nice to have’?

Is a digital presence for your church just a ‘nice to have’?

So, this was the tweet I ended up sending this morning:

 

This was a really unfortunate ‘start’ to a resumption of ‘adventures in church hunting’ in the new area that I’m in, having made excuses week after week. People forget how tiring it is looking for new churches – not being sure of exactly what it’s like, what kind of welcome you might get, how much pressure there’s going to be to ‘commit’, whether you’re going to find parking – and that’s if you’re already familiar with church. If you’re not familiar with church at all, then it’s even more terrifying, as who knows what is going on inside those buildings – sure it’s full of weird people, undertaking weird rituals!

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Find some 'Digital Superstars' for your church website

Find some 'Digital Superstars' for your church website

In my previous blog on ideas for church websites I mentioned the concept of Digital Superstars. I thought I'd flesh the idea out more in a more detailed blog post.

What are Digital Superstars?

These are people who find computer / internet skills simple and are happy to give a little voluntary time to help your church.

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Menu suggestions

Here are a few suggestions for what the main menu could look like on your new church website. There are many different variations possible, of course. Each main menu item can of course also have a sub menu. Try to keep to a simple structure and also one that reflects the individuality and character of your church and what it is about.

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