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Every now and then, a webmaster for churches will make an index of the top church websites.

Most of the time, these lists contain many mega-church websites which budget hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for their websites and employ one or more full-time web developers on their staff.

I am willing to accept the benefit of being doubtful that the motivation for this list is generally an honorable one. They wish to encourage church leaders to show that churches can design gorgeous, well-functioning websites for their churches that can compete with any multi-million dollar business or secular non-profit. They also often provide insights into the tools and design principles used to achieve this.

However, as an active member of an intimate church, I know the fact that these lists could be a discouragement for many church leaders because they could lead to the thought, “Our church could never have a website that’s anything similar to this.”

In this article, I’d like to provide advice and encouragement regarding the top small church websites.

1. Do whatever you want to do. Be sure to do it properly.

A major error small congregations make is to scrutinize the entire range of content and features megachurches offer on their websites including sermon videos, podcasts blog posts as well as concert ticket sales, small group finding tools, etc., and then attempt to duplicate the same features and content on their own website even though they have a tiny fraction of the resources and time. The result is typically poor quality, insecure features, and content that’s released in an inconsistent manner.

Websites for small churches should begin with the fundamentals. Let visitors know when and where you have your worship services and what they can expect. Let them know how they can be involved. What ministries and events are coming on, and how be involved?

When you’ve been doing it consistently if you’d like to play around with different features or content try adding one feature at each time. Be sure that it’s happening consistently and effectively, and is advancing the goals of the church before you attempt adding another feature or content.

2. Complete your site

Similar to the previous point It’s crucial to finish the information and pages that you’ve got on your site.

Do not create an empty “Sermons” section on the site if you do not have any sermons posted on it. Don’t put the calendar blank on your website that doesn’t have any events scheduled. Do not put icons for social media on your website that connect to social media accounts that you aren’t posting regularly to.

It’s better to create a basic 3-page site that includes a Home Page as well as an About Page and Contact Us details rather than having a lot of pages that are empty or outdated.

3. Be Authentic

It’s a superficial world where everyone appears like they’re trying to convince us of something. Do not appear to be an item you’re certainly not. If you find that 95% of people in your church belong to one ethnicity, you shouldn’t mention on your website that you’re multi-ethnic. If your worship service is led by an organist don’t include on your site an image of a 12 people band that has lasers and smoke.

To be clear… do not employ stock photos in any way.

Take yourself seriously

If you’re in search of inspirational church websites, ChurchProWeb Best churches of the year 2023 includes predominantly small churches’ websites. Review your website for free and you’ll not only receive valuable feedback but also receive an award or be included on our site.

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