Multi-Sites and their Websites.

The multisite church revolution is not slowing down. More and more churches nationwide are choosing to launch new
campuses. Outreach Magazine stated that 75 of the 100 Largest Churches in America are multisite. Wow. I love when I find churches that have put their website as a priority in providing an easy user experience. Churches that use their website to provide value and accomplish missional goals is easier said than done. I have a couple of examples of some multisite churches that have provided inspiration for the best online solution for their church.

#1. Biltmore Baptist Church – Arden, NC

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Why I like it — Biltmore Baptist Church utilizes the “splash page” model. They ask users to pick a “default location” on their first visit. As you hover over each location, it displays when services are held, what the physical location is, and a link to Google maps. Everything you need before you even have to click a button. They also display a countdown that shows when the next service will go live. Easy. Simple.  Extremely helpful.

#2. Elevation Church – Charlotte. NC

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Why I like it — Elevation Church displays their various campus locations right there in the middle of the page. The Google Maps location finder is helpful, especially for first time visitors! I have learned that first time guests make up their minds about your church within the first 7 minutes from the parking lot to decide whether or not they are going to come back. The same principle applies to websites…except with websites that time slashes to seconds. 7- 30 seconds to capture the attention of first-time visitors to your website. If they can’t find the information they need, they’ll look elsewhere.

CSS.

I’ve wanted to get into learning how to build a website lately. The only problem for me is that I have no idea what I’m doing. Where do I start? I’ve always thought that CSS would be a great place to begin…or maybe HTML?…or JavaScript? But what do I know? I just see and hear these terms everywhere. Anyone out there have any idea or any free resources on where I need to start? I’ve checked out 8bit’s ChurchCode site…but its a bit overwhelming considering I don’t know where to begin.

Building websites are another world for me. But it has got me thinking that they are a very important part of our everyday lives. Globally, the internet is our connecting point with so many different people of so many different cultures and ways of living. Now for me the question is…Does my personal, church, business, or non-profit’s website need to be updated?
Should it be? Why are we going to invest time and money into our site?
Some questions to be thinking and praying about. A couple words that come to mind….Global Outreach. We have such an opportunity to reach people we couldn’t 20 years ago.

For our churches, we should define what is important at every level of our ministries and I believe that includes our websites.
So, just some thoughts to go with my thoughts.

Oh, I think I just like the way CSS looks and sounds.