Could your church's website be improved?
As a ministry that has thrived on the internet, I've seen so much potential for using a web site effectively. And since we serve the chronically ill, we are always pleased to see churches that have live web casts of their services, the bulletins online (so if you miss the service you can still see what's going on,) or even podcasts of the audio portion of the sermon. That's why we are happy to be a part of Internet Evangelism Day, Sunday 27 April 2008.
They just sent me this press release about how churches can have their site's reviewed for free and I thought some of you may be interested. when speaking to pastors about ways to reach out to the chronically ill, don't forget to remind them of how the internet can be a wonderful tool!
New Advance for Church Websites
Free Church Site Evaluations Now Available Online
Churches can now receive a free customized 15-page report about their websites, enabling them to develop strategies to reach outsiders in their communities.
And this year's international web outreach focus day - Internet Evangelism Day - will be used by churches around the world on Sunday 27 April 2008.
"How can our church website help us reach out into our community?" Churches often find it difficult to know how to build sites that will engage with outsiders in their area.
A new online tool has been released by Internet Evangelism Day, which provides churches with a free 15-page evaluation report. Users assess their own website by answering 55 simple questions in the tool questionnaire. Their customized report is immediately displayed online, ready to print or save. Its recommendations are tailored with specific practical suggestions, based on the questions that were ticked. View the design tool here:
A church site which has been prioritized for non-Christian visitors can be remarkably effective in reaching the community. "Week in, week out, more visitors turn up at our church on a Sunday because of the website, than anything else," writes one growing church in London UK.
Church leaders have welcomed this new resource:
"This competent evaluation tool and rating service provides a valuable service to churches and Christian ministries that will help them strengthen their effectiveness in outreach through the Internet." - Dr. Sterling Huston, Director, North American Ministries, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
"Most church websites are not evangelistic. The new Church Website Design Tool can help rectify this problem. This is a wonderful tool." - Dr. Bill Gordon, Evangelism Response Center, North American Mission Board.
"There is no silver bullet for a great ministry site. However, this checklist is an invaluable tool to identify critical areas for improvement. Every church should study this regularly and act on it!" - Gary McClure, LifeWay Ministries.
This Evaluation Tool is just one of a range of pages at www.InternetEvangelismDay.com that help Christians learn to use the Web to reach the world. Internet Evangelism Day also encourages churches to hold a web awareness focus day on or near 27 April 2008, to explore this huge potential. Their site offers free downloads (PowerPoint, video clips, drama scripts and handouts) so that churches can create a custom program of any length from two minutes to an hour. "I am glad to commend Internet Evangelism Day," says Dr. John Stott.
Website: www.InternetEvangelismDay.comInternet Evangelism Day is an initiative of the Internet Evangelism Coalition, a group of major ministries involved in web ministry, based at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton.
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