Church site software meant nothing to me until an internet business opportunity introduced me to building church websites.
Here's how it happened: A phone call came offering me a new career opportunity. A wealthy church layman was interested in a business internet opportunity. He wanted to offer church web hosting and asked for my help.
He had some ideas for starting a new family friends ISP (Internet Service Provider). He asked what I knew about church site software to build internet communities for churches.
All I knew was from using Microsoft Office products. Most computer owners already have MS Office products and would do well to build upon what you have and know by buying products called "add-ons" to enhance them. Using this type of software product (the best church site software is often what you already own) fit right into my future employers dream.
His dream? Making church site software web friendly and give each congregation the opportunity to build internet communities. (Of course this was pre-Facebook, which eventually fulfilled his vision.)
By offering a free church web site, he wanted to create Christian web communities. Now, with Facebook communities, that can be done with programs like Proven Audience Formula.
So launched my new ministry career with the title of Director of Ministry and Technology, a job overseeing web site development for ministry groups -- church websites, ministry group webites, Christian nonprofit websites, and other faith based group websites.
How I wish that I had available for me back then what is available to those desiring to build a highly visited ministry website. His offer to me was this: would I come help start a web hosting business, specializing in church websites as well as offering small business web hosting and nonprofit corporation web hosting, in addition to church web hosting.
He had already made his fortune in home and business security systems. His goal was to add another income stream to his very successful business enterprise and at the same time fund ministries through the internet by hosting church web sites.
When it comes to church site software web developers fail to view websites as a tool to share their message in terms non religious people would click on.
Proven Audience Formula is the concept my boss had, only for churches and mission organizations. The Idea is to build an audience first and then, using Facebook, actually have a like-minded for building community.
This is what he envisioned years ago, using a web-based tool that could reach people with the power of words.
Unforunately, whether using church site software or other commercial web building software, church webmasters are usually here today and gone tomorrow.
Even the church my daughter worked for, with attendance over 1000 each Sunday, could not get into their own church website to make changes. The reason? The person who built it has moved on!
Churches often fail to see the internet as a business internet opportunity. I've even heard church leaders say it is wrong to view the church as a business enterprise.
But then the same enterprising church leaders buy property, often promote and sell books, charge for attending concerts and retreats, and even purchase the very offering plates used for the collection. Buying and selling is what businesses do, and so do churches!
So let's own up to the business side of ministry. Why not have a website that promotes the businesses of your church attendees? Or use your website to promote services? You will take an offering, won't you?
So many churches have websites that no one visits! Some are very pretty -- beautiful but ineffective websites -- so that when it comes to the one thing we like to do -- count people, there is no one to count!
Effective site building tools will help purpose driven churches declare their message to thousands, even when the doors of your church building are closed.
With a highly trafficked web presence your church facility is always open, declaring your message of faith! That could be done using a program like Proven Audience Formulaonly doing so for building community for your church.