Church Website Must Haves

Every Church needs a website. Church websites can serve as the hub for all of your Church’s information, and help you reach people who might not otherwise find out about what God has done in your Church. Church sites can also help people feel more connected to God through sermons, event information, or bible study groups. Church sites should include things like an events calendar, contact information for the pastor, a visiting member page, and a donate page so people can support your ministry financially.

1. The Plan a Visit Church Website Page

The purpose of this page is to give visitors the information they need so they can take the next steps towards visiting your church.

This page should have 3 sections:

  • What to expect from a visit
  • The form
  • The welcome video

What to expect from a visit

Start with a statement like, if you’ve never been to our service before here is what to expect. You want to let visitors know what the service order will look like when they visit your church for the first time. Describe what a typical Sunday visit to your church is like from start to finish.

E.g. What the worship experience will be like singing, praying in response, preaching/messages from the word.

What to add your form

Your form should have the following items:

  • Name (required)
  • Email address(required)
  • Phone number
  • Preferred contact method: Text message or phone call?
  • Size of family

The Welcome Video

Lastly, you should include a welcome video on the plan a visit page. You want to use the video to portray to the visitors what a Sunday experience is like at your church.

Remember that your church website is not just for your church members. Most of your traffic will come from people visiting your site who are looking for a church home.

2. What Should go on the Church About Us Page

The about us page should tell the visitors who you are, where you come from and where you are headed. It should describe the church in a way that is passionate yet humble and fun. You want visitors to your church website to get excited about their first visit.

Your about us page can also serve to let people know how to get involved in your church community, through volunteering, bible studies, or any other services you might offer.

The about us page should answer the following questions:

  • Who you are
  • Where you come from and where you are headed
  • What do you stand for
  • Where does your faith come from and what makes it unique

Remember to tie out the About Us page by bringing it back to the focal point of the website, the visitor. You should show the visitor how they can be a part of the future of the church.

3. What should go on the Church Staff Page

The staff page will be one of your more heavily visited pages. Visitors want to know what the leadership of a church looks like and what their story is. You want to make this page very personal. It should show the leadership of the church, be written in the first person and not 3rd. Use professional photos, and include a short description of the church staff.

Here are the two keys to the staff page.

  • A professional-looking headshot with you smiling
  • Have the staff members write their own bios so that the bios sound more personal and authentic.

Remember. The main purpose of the staff page is for visitors to look and the photos and read the bios, and get a feel for whether or not they would fit into your church community.

4. The Church Tithes and Donation Page

Asking for donations can be uncomfortable, but having good finances are essential to running a ministry. The key is to be transparent about the need for funds to support mission initiatives and ministry opportunities without any shame or guilt. You want people to donate not just because they feel obligated but because of their love for God’s work in your community.

Here are some tips for making a great donation page for your church.

  • Include an eye-catching photo of the church and a description of what your church is doing in that area
  • Make sure your donation button is eye-catching
  • Use clear, concise language
  • Offer different donation levels so there are options for all income ranges
  • Make sure to distinguish between a regular donation and tithing
5. The Sermons and Media Church Website Page

This page will be the #1 reason why people come back to your website on a recurring basis. This page will attract visitors, but it is one of the pages that is geared towards current members.

It’s good to present your sermons in a playlist. Using playlists, you can organize your sermons in many ways including:

  • By Topic
  • By Speaker
  • By Series
  • By Time of Year

The Sermons page should also have a link to your YouTube, and podcast.

In Conclusion

Building a church website can be very challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. There are 5 pages that every successful church website needs in order to help you effectively communicate with your congregation and community members. If you need help getting started or want guidance on how best to present these topics on your site, we’re here for you! Fill out our contact form today and let us know what’s holding you back from building the perfect church website for yourself or your organization. We’ll work together so that your online presence will perfectly reflect who God is calling you to be as an individual or group of people striving towards His Kingdom goals. Which page did you find most helpful in this blog post?