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Using social bookmarking systems to draw people to Christian websites
Social bookmarking is a way of storing links that you like, and sharing these ‘collaborative opinions’ with other people. The best known system is probably del.icio.us but there are many others.
Free church website tips: build an effective evangelistic church site to reach your community
Design and build a website to reach the community “A church is the only organization that exists primarily for the benefit of non-members” – William Temple “Week in, week out, more visitors turn up at our church on a Sunday because of the website, than anything else” – King’s Church, Kingston UK: a church site design using these principles
Church website design help: tool to evaluate or improve church website design to reach outsiders
Your church website has enormous potential as part of your outreach strategy to reach into your community. It can be like an enticing ‘shop window’ and virtual doorway to draw people into faith and fellowship. However, many churches do not understand how to design a website that will do this effectively. This self-assessment questionnaire helps you evaluate your site, and creates a detailed free evaluation report with advice to help you consider new ideas or aspects of the site that could perhaps be modified. It will also help you in planning a new website.
Church webmaster page: design, plan, build or upgrade good church websites to best reach your community
Church websites are an essential part of local churches’ public profiles to their communities. Indeed, in some parts of the world, church websites draw more people into face-to-face church activities than any other method. Church sites outnumber all other types of Christian sites by a ratio of 5 to 1. Church sites could therefore be powerful outreach tools. However, research reveals a discouraging picture.
Church evangelism: short story about using your church website for evangelism
“We need more lodgers,” said Maria Silversmith to her husband Milo one evening. Ten years back, they had bought their large rambling house to accommodate six children as well as two elderly relatives. With only the two younger children now left at home, the house seemed achingly empty, even with the presence of Tim their lodger, who had become like one of the family. “Let’s make a webpage, then people looking for lodgings can easily find us,” suggested Milo.
Golf parable: best practice or wrong way for church websites to reach the community with appropriate evangelism
You can’t miss Stonylands Town Golf Club if you take the winding back road out of town. But if you are in any doubt, the signboard says it all: “Stonylands Golf Club. Member of the Federation of National Golf Clubs. Est. 1924. Secretary: J S Peasworthy, BSc.” There follows in smaller letters, “Private Property” and without apparent irony, “No ball games”. The style of the sign is almost identical to the original 1924 version, as you can readily see in the photographs of The Opening displayed in the clubhouse foyer.
Defining Christian web pages on the X Spectrum Scale - a diagnostic tool for outreach
In the missions world of church-planting, a helpful C1-C6 spectrum has been devised to define the degree of contextualization that a church is using in relation to the culture surrounding it. The concept has been developed by strategists John Travis, Phil Parshall and others. In conjuction with Create International, we propose a similar categorization of X1-X6 to define the conteXtual positioning of Christian websites (and indeed other media – radio, video, and literature).
Christian webmaster resources, help and tools for webmasters and web designers
There are now so many online webmaster resources, that usually the easiest way to find what you need is with a Google search. There are countless bulletin board systems, some covering general topics, others specializing in one type of coding (eg PHP) or one CMS system (eg WordPress). Look at GeeksandGod [www.geeksandgod.com] | Webmaster Talk [www.webmaster-talk.com] and many others. For equipment purchasing decisions, always check out online reviews at CNET [www.cnet.com] and elsewhere.
Christian website promotion tips - how to get more site visitors: SEO and more.
How can you get more visitors to your website? What can you do to stimulate traffic? Here's a checklist of 32 items you need to consider. Many of these you're probably doing already; others you meant to do and forgot about; still others you've never heard of.
Use contact cards as church invitation cards and as mini tracts to promote evangelistic websites
ontact cards (ie. invitation cards in business card format) are a good way to share your faith, and have some advantages over tracts: * Small – so you can easily carry a supply at all times (small metal containers for purse, wallet or pocket are widely available). * Culturally acceptable almost anywhere, whereas tracts can be seen as threatening and religious in some circumstances. * Can be personalized with your name, email address and your website URL. * If you don’t have a site of your own, you can use cards which feature any evangelistic site that you feel is appropriate. * Ideal as invitations to local churches.