The Best Church Websites of 2019, NonMegachurch Edition

Church websites should be well-designed and effective. There is no need to discuss the importance of having a great church website. This is an element that can significantly help your church reach more people. Many people will not visit your church without first checking your website. These days it is a church's website that acts as the front door so you must ensure that your website will help people enter your real door.

In this article, we are showcasing 42 of the best church websites. We link to each church's website, show a screenshot and provide a short analysis to point out what is excellent. Take a look at this compilation as a source of inspiration and to learn more about how to make your church website beautiful and effective.

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We've previously discussed the significance that logo design plays in a church's ability to represent Christ effectively. As the foundation of a church's brand, a good church logo assists the goals and vision of the church it represents in a memorable, consistent and aesthetic way. Another way of communicating this vision is through church website design.

A church's website design is its digital "front door." Let's face it; if you've ever planned to visit a church, you most likely checked out the church online before ever stepping foot in the church's building. Today, this is the case for the majority of church-goers. Some churches are finally beginning to recognize this reality, that their visitors 'first interaction with them might be online. The bottom line is is that all churches should be aware of how their church is being represented on the web. Unfortunately, many are not. The user experience of many church sites is terrible. No clear vision or mission. Outdated information. Poor design. Confusing navigation. The list goes on. Too many churches have the mindset that simply having a website is enough, never questioning what their website is accomplishing or how it's communicating.

Although we firmly believe that all churches bear a responsibility to have a website that clearly communicates the truth of Jesus Christ, a church website can never give you the full picture of a church's spiritual health. You can listen to sermons online, read articles by the church's pastors and even give online donations, but what it comes down to is living in community with the church's people. Engaging with a church website does not mean you're fully engaged with that church. A primary objective of a good church website should be getting its users involved with other people. With that in mind, let's explore a few characteristics that make up a good church website.

2. Engaging Design We touched on aesthetics when talking about church logos. Websites are no different. The church bears a responsibility to create beautiful things all for the glory of God. If the website is the first interaction someone has with your church, make sure it's a positive interaction. At the same time, the design of a church's website will not be engaging if it does not communicate effectively. Users want information, not flash. Good and engaging design does not distract from the user's goal.

3. Sound Information Architecture Users do not want to be surprised. The hierarchy and flow of information on a church's website should make sense. This sounds like a no-brainer, but many church websites fail to make this happen. Users do not want to be surprised, because users often have an objective. Perhaps you're new to the site and want to find out service times. Good church websites make it easy to find that information quickly in a way that makes sense. James River Assembly is a perfect example of sound information architecture. Their site makes sense to the user.

4. Compelling Calls to Action Whether it's signing up for a church newsletter, donating online, or simply giving the church office a call, good church websites identify with their audience. The primary question that church's must ask is, "Does our website call people to action?" Harvest Bible Chapel uses calls to action very effectively on their homepage with links to videos and recent messages and calls to action, such as "New to Harvest?" and "Check this Out."

5. Authentic Content Be yourself and be current in accordance with the church's vision. Your website should be a reflection of your church now, not who the church used to be or who the church wants to be, but who the church is now. Practically speaking, this means staying away from stock photography and generating veritable copy that depicts the actual life and activity of the church. Be authentic and your website will resonate with the people that fit in with your church's body and vision. The City Church website takes advantage of a full homepage slideshow that uses real photography of the church's events and people. This genuine approach gives the viewer a very real idea of ​​what the church is like.

Church or business, we recognize that there dozens of elements that constitute a good website. We only highlighted five, but what other elements of a good church website would you add to the list? When visiting a church website, what do you like? What do not you like? Feel free to share with us some examples of good church websites in the comment section below.

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CCCC has partnered with Radiant to help our members who are looking for a more robust website and content management system (CMS), along with a strategic partner to help them manage it. The product they offer is called Radiant WebTools, which many of our Canadian ministries already benefit from.

Radiant WebTools is tailored for medium to large scale Christian ministries and churches who are tired of building a website, just to watch it become stale and outdated. Radiant WebTools comes with your own professional web team. They create the site for you, help you manage it along the way, and offer suggestions on how to improve upon it. Consider them your personal website consulting team and mechanics. Here are three major areas that make Radiant WebTools unique from others in the industry:

With Radiant WebTools, Canadian churches and ministries can get a robust, professional-looking website without the need of a programmer, consultant, or big budget. They even allocate time every month to help you with website updates so that you can focus on what you do best.

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Radiant WebTools is built for churches, by churches. Your passion and commitment to Christ's calling make us want to be better. Chat with our team and create an online presence that best reflects your ministry.

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