Building a Christian Church Website

Step One -
First: your purpose?
Second: what to include?
Third: decide on the structure.

So You Want to Build a Christian Church Website?


Women2Women

Women2Women is one of the largest women's ministry media sites in the world. Maintained by Pritchard Webpages and owned by Sharon Rude this website continues to grow far beyond our expectations.

PRO-ject LIFE

Pritchard Webpages developed this website for Pastor Brent Yim who was a dynamic man with a heart to reach the world by creating a feature video about abortion. Pastor Brent passed away in his early 30s, now his wife Andrea is overseeing this project.

Here are some questions to consider
#1. What is your purpose? #2. What do you want on your webpage?
  • Contact info: email, phone number, address
  • Meeting times
  • Pastor's bio
  • Your doctrine and purpose statement
  • Recordings of your teachings
AFTER you answer these questions, THEN decide on a structure for your webpage
  • Put most important stuff on front page: contact email, address, meeting times, map to church
  • Pastor's bio
  • Pictures of church
  • Doctrine
  • Purpose
  • All services
  • Special events
  • Calendar
  • Email address
  • Bible study meeting address
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Staff email addresses
  • Map to Bible studies
A good structure example is:
  • Home page
  • About us
  • Schedule
  • Media
  • Contact

Keep your church website pages simple...


Keep it simple, clean and plainly present your info - don't try for something cool:
  • No unnecessary words, use short lines and bullet points
  • Studies show people do not read webpages like printed material
    • "Web text should be short, scannable, and approachable. Typically, you should write half as many words for the web as you would for print. If targeting a broad consumer audience that includes people with no or little education, it's better to aim at 25 percent of the print word-count. And in web writing, it's always best to start with the conclusion, so that people who read only the first line or two on a page still get the main point."
  • Understand eye patterns - (think Z)
  • Don't reinvent a new navigation idea
  • Cross browser compatibility - Screen size and platform
    • Your website must work on different screen sizes, including all mobile devices
    • This requires a lot of work but is extremely important

Church website hosting

Java, JavaScript, Flash
  • Don't even try it unless you are willing to spend lots of time working on your webpage
Search Engine Effectiveness
  • Depends on how you build your page
  • There are many tricks to improve your placing
Uploading to the internet
  • Via an internet page
  • FTP
Logo Creation
  • If you create you own logo, when you ask for people's opinions, be absolutely sure you ask people who will tell you the truth
  • Neither creating a logo, nor finding someone that will tell you the truth about it, is easy to do

Author: Mike Pritchard

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