For Your Web MinistryTo Ask As It Gets Started
in the development of a church Web presence requires working
through a process of identifying both the purposes and
tactics which will be used to establish the site and keep
is a series of questions which will help you get started
in that process.
is the mission and purpose of our church?
What are the most important things for someone to know
about our church?
are the constituencies we want to reach?
are the strongest programs within our church?
How can the web presence further that mission and purpose
and reach these constituencies?
are the first steps you need to take in order to develop
the web ministry?
do the statistics and other information tell me in regard
to how I should develop my own site? www.pewinternet.org
has done extensive research on how American use the
internet including work on how we use the web for religious
are the people within the church who need to participate
in some way to make the web ministry flourish? (Who
do we need to get buy in from)?
Who could be on a team to develop the web ministry?
kind of technology do we want to use? Host ourselves?
Outsource? Temple based solutions?
and how can we develop new and fresh content for the
can we do to promote the site?
for Your Church
an Online Small Group - Start small groups that meet
regularly in your church's chat room. Select small group
leaders who selects the topics, prepares the lessons, leads
the discussion, etc. Advertise the small group meetings
with a catchy phrase like "Finally a small group you
can attend in your underwear...". Hold
an All-Church Online Meeting - Schedule a meeting that
every church member is invited to attend. You can get input
from the congregation on an upcoming important decision,
etc. Just announce the time and that the location is online
in your member's site chat room. Start
a Hobby Group - Use the "Find Someone Who..."
database tool to see what members enjoy a particular hobby.
Send those members an email inviting them to join a small
group around their hobby. For example, you could start a
woodworking group if you find a large percentage of your
church members enjoy woodworking. Tailor
Your Sermons - Use the member site tools to view your
members demographics, hobbies, life events, etc. Tailor
your sermons to popular attributes evident in you congregation.
the Phone Tree to Make an Announcement - The phone
tree system will phone all your members instantly using
the internet. For example, you could use the phone tree
system to call every member at 6:30 pm announcing an online
meeting in the chat room occurring at 7:00 pm that same
Church Web Site ElementsPage1
and special events such as births, concerts,
weddings, thank you messages and funerals
can be displayed on this page. Through the
use of a "time windowing" feature, announcements
are no longer displayed when the end date
is reached. The text is retained for future
use such as may be necessary for Vacation
Bible School and Revivals. This eliminates
a web site with announcements for events
that have passed and "old news".
Audio File Playback
This feature allows you to place a welcome
song, recent sermon, welcome message or
inspirational message on the web site for
play selection by visitors to the web site.
Copyrighted materials must have specific
written permission of the copyright holder.
The audio file may be placed on the home
page, the pastor's page or music ministry
page. NetOneStopsm will construct the web
site so that church staff can upload new
audio messages as desired.
Audio File Catalog
for On-demand Play
This feature allows you to establish a catalog
of audio files for on-demand playback by
visitors to the web site. Selections could
include musical selections, sermons or worship
services. Copyrighted materials must have
specific written permission of the copyright
Audio Web Broadcasting
church services and other events may be
broadcast and heard by accessing your church's
web site via an on-site broadcast server
by a direct Internet connection or transmitted
by modem to our server for broadcasting.
Audio connections can be made from an existing
soundboard or amplifying system. Costs for
on-site equipment will vary based on existing
equipment and options selected. Broadcast
fees are dependent on the number of audio
streams available. With on-site server installation,
on-demand audio replay is available with
no additional monthly fee. Building Fund Pledge
In addition to your current method of receiving
pledges, your web site can be used to allow
members to enter the amount of pledges for
your building fund campaign or any other
fund. An email will be sent to the designated
parties containing the information entered
on the pledge form. The member can print
the page as a record of the pledge, and
an automatic reply can be sent to that member
acknowledging the pledge.
An online calendar to be maintained by specified
staff through the use of a user name and
password. The web calendar from NetOneStopsm
will display a seven-day agenda when initially
accessed by users. Viewers can select daily,
weekly, monthly, and yearly views of your
church activities. Each calendar activity
will include a description, date and beginning
and ending time of day. Events can include
athletic activities, worship services, bible
study classes, outreach activities and music
Members and other interested parties can
log on and exchange comments and discussions
about church issues. Your chat room can
also be voice enabled allowing chat room
participants to hear each other if they
have an Internet telephone or microphone
Describe the physical amenities of your
church facilities such as meeting rooms,
sanctuary size, recreation facilities and
This page will typically contain the names,
positions, email addresses of clergy and
lay staff. The email addresses will be linked
to allow a correspondence to open an email
can list your church staff with areas of
responsibility, contact telephone and Email
address. This page can alternatively be
a part of the secure area of your web site
viewable only by members or others who have
been assigned a user name and password.
Deacons, Trustees and Stewards may be listed
on this page, on a separate page for each
group (with the activities or description
of the function of each), or the previously
described "Contact Us" page.
Directions to Church
Many churches include directions to the
church facility from various directions
via the main thoroughfares within the city
or area. A link to one of the free online
mapping services may also be added to allow
a visitor to enter a starting location for
complete directions to the church.
One of the more powerful features of Netonestop's
enhanced hosting for churches is unlimited
email. The ministerial staff lay staff and
officers can be assigned Email addresses
(mailboxes) for your church in the format
"Name@YourChurchName.org". Email addresses
must be unique with respect to the domain
name of the church. We recommend establishing
email addresses for lay officers in the
name of the office rather that the office
holder. Messages can be retrieved from our
web mail site at http://mail.NetOneStop.net
or could be forwarded to the mailbox of
the office at an address at the church domain
name or an existing email address. A single
mailbox can forward mail to more that one
address. For example, a mailbox for Trustees@YourChurName.org
may be forwarded to the chairman and vice-chairman.
A hyperlink can be included on the home
page for accessing Email. ...more>>
Group Email List
When added to the availability of unlimited
email addresses, the ability to setup group
email lists is a powerful feature of the
free web site program and for any organization's
online communications. This feature allows
you to send messages to multiple mailboxes
within a group with a single message addressed
to a single mailbox. You can send messages
to the public list that can be subscribed
to on the home page of the web site to allow
correspondents to receive notices of events
and activities, or create lists for selected
groups such as choirs, trustees and ushers.
Lists may be "public", allowing visitors
to your site to add their email addresses
to receive notifications from the church,
or "private" which requires the web master
or designee to add email addresses to a
group list. Both lists are restricted for
receiving messages. Public lists can be
accessed by church designated email addresses.
Private lists may receive email messages
from any member of the list. ...more>>
A page to allow visitors to the site to
register with email addresses to be added
to the public group email list and enter
comments about your church or the web site.
A history of your church that highlights
the significant historical events of the
congregation, pastors and facilities may
be included as a page with appropriate links
from the navigation bar, menu or home page.
home page is the first impression web surfers
will have of your church. Introduce your
church to the world with your home page
at your own domain name (web address). The
heading of your home page should include
your church logo, name, address, city, state,
telephone numbers and pastor's name. The
home page is also a good place for your
church slogan or brief mission statement
and worship service schedule.
directory of the businesses of church members
may be included on the web site. The listing
may include the name and contact information
of the business, the member's name and a
one-line description of the services or
products offered. A search feature to allow
the page or pages to be searched by the
business name, member name or product and
service will be included on the page.
Some features of your web site can be shielded
from the general public by creating a member
login area accessible by entering a user
name and password. This login area can include
your church directory, activity registration
and special announcements such as the results
of elections or other church "business",
and funeral announcements that can include
addresses and telephone numbers that you
may not want publicized outside of the congregation.
Accessed may be established by the use of
a temporary church user name and password
to allow members to register a user designated
"screen" name and password. Implementation
requires a directory in electronic format
(CSV or fixed field) from which member online
entries are compared to validate the member
and establish an online registration. This
screen name can also be used as the member's
Email address (Name@YourChurchName.org)
in addition to providing access to the secure
member login area.