CPH Webinar — Designing Your Church Website

Thanks to a tweet from Paul McCain this morning, I found the announcement of a webinar in a week (Thursday the 12th at 10AM). It’s only a half-hour webinar, but it may have some useful information in it. I would recommend if you are available that you register for it. If nothing else, there is a PDF “white paper” that goes over 9 points that are important for a church website.


Click the link below to register for the webinar or download the white paper.

What makes a church website great? — 9 Ways to Engage Your Website Visitors

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

Norm has been involved behind the scenes in many of the "go-to" websites for Lutherans going back many years.


CPH Webinar — Designing Your Church Website — 9 Comments

  1. @Alan Kornacki #1

    Hardly. Church websites have great utility. For one thing,they should give potential Lutheran visitors info about their church. For another, they should give potential non-Lutheran visitors additional information. And they can be a good witness. There’s a lot to be said for having a good website. I’ve looked at lots of them, and the quality goes from “0” to “10.” This is NOT about church growth, but about giving a good witness and important information.

    It’s about time.

  2. Just read the pdf White Paper download:

    Missing: The Gospel, and keeping website current–sermons, worship, etc..
    Also necessary: Type of service–CoWo, traditional. We at BJS might not like it, but still necessary.
    Also not addressed directly–must be attractive, and easy for anyone to use.
    Bible class topic is essential

    Not necessary–picture of pastor. Not sure his biography is relevant, either.
    In my experience, videos are not helpful, or necessary.
    If you do have pictures, they’d better be high quality. I’ve seen some absolutely awful pictures on LCMS websites that are a turn-off.
    Also should advise overkill on beliefs–can be way too detailed.


  3. I find it fascinating that confessional congregations tend to have the better websites compared to the congregations who try to be more practical and progressive with programs like TCN.
    Anyway these 9 points are pretty useful.

  4. We get a lot of requests on Facebook for our congregation’s website, which we shut down several years ago. They’re very inexpensive now, so it’s definitely something to look into.

    That white paper sounds very non-denominational for a “Concordia” Solution. Those of you complaining about the incompleteness of the paper, I would suggest you take the CTCR’s latest paper on Communion Statements and apply it to your website information.

  5. @Lisa Wagner #7

    I’ve seen absolutely abysmal confessional websites, and really great “Bapto-Lutheran websites, and vicey versey. Can’t remember if it was mentioned in white paper, but the pastor must visit his cong’s website regularly. Also a great tool for circuit visitors–it’s a good first step in visitation. When you circuit visitors come across a website in your circuit with the Four Spiritual Laws, you can take action immediately. Believe me, they’re out there. And circuit visitors, you’ll hear some great sermons and some awful ones.

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