Your one-stop online-hub for Calvary Chapel and the Calvary Global Network

Why your website is hurting your church

by Josh Parks

Why your website is hurting your church

Let’s consider the facts:

1. Seventeen million American adults who don’t regularly attend worship services visited the website of a local church or place of worship in the past twelve months.*

2. Fifty-seven percent of users won’t recommend a site with a bad mobile site.*

3. Twenty-one million adults have visited the website of their own place of worship.*

Again, is your website killing your church? 1. Do you have a website? 2. Have you updated your website within the last five years? 3. Is your website responsive (will it adapt to smart devices)? 4. Do you have a FaceBook account for your church? 5. Do you have a Twitter account for your church?

People visiting your website are looking for: 1. Service Times 2. Location/Contact Information 3. Staff 4. Recent Sermons

If the information is outdated or difficult to find, users will leave the site. If the internal search capability of the site functions poorly, users will leave the site.

You have seven seconds to grab the user’s attention and pull them in for a longer stay to the website.*

These statistics are meant to grab your attention and demonstrate the importance of having a modern, current website to represent your church.

The team at CalvaryChapel.com believes using technology to reach people for Christ is important. As a result, we are creating a series of articles that will demonstrate and aid users in the creation, development and maintenance of your church website.

We are looking for Calvary Chapel pastors that recognize they need help on their outdated, antiquated website and are willing to allow the CalvaryChapel.com team to redo their site free of charge.

After the selection process, we will then create a case study showing the before and after results of the projects and explain why changes were made.

If you are interested in helping with this process please send an email.

* Statistical information is from Grey Matter.

Josh Parks

Josh Parks is the technical director, communications for CalvaryChapel.com and Calvary Global Network.