Web site & Internet Presence

A siloutte of a computer with the words "Information! about out Web Site"Web Site & Internet Presence

 

This ministry is made up of a few people who take pictures, write and post calendar items, photos and news stories relating to our church. And people who maintain and operate our facebook page and our web site.

The Mount Olive web site is entirely maintained and operated by volunteers. The underlying Drawing of the earth with a grid and the words "On the Web"software used to create the web site is Word Press, a public domain program that is used by many web sites. Word Press lends itself to being used by an organization such as a church because it allows for a number of people to post articles with news or updates with only a little training.

The Mount Olive Lutheran Church website is viewed by people all over the world, so even though the main focus is local, we should never underestimate how God might use our messages.

 

 

 

Being Inviting to Guests and People from our community

Increasingly, if any church does not have a decent website they’re missing an opportunity to reach and invite a lot of people who might otherwise have joined the church or at least visited.

Picture of a phone with icons filling the small screenMost people under the age of 40 (or is it under 70?), when they check out churches, do most such investigation online. Visitors at our church have often already been to our website. (When my wife and I spent time out of state we find a church to attend by using our smart phone.) Having a quality website is not about being hip or “with it.” It’s one of the basic aspects of being inviting, hospitable and welcoming.

 

Our online presence is their first impression.  New visitors are coming to church nowadays because they found the congregation online first, usually at the website or facebook page.

Our website is the online front door to the church for many, many people. We put greeters at the front door of our physical church, and line up ushers in the sanctuary, and set up displays in the narthex, and make sure the facilities are attractive and comfortable. The church website must receive the same type of diligent care to attract new and returning guests.

The website is the only online platform we actually control. Social media is a key part of any communications strategy, but we have no say on the changes they make or how they operate. Just look at Facebook over the past several years. Changes to algorithms and business models have made it tougher to reach your users unless you spend lots of money to pay Facebook to reach even those who follow you.  With our website, we’re in charge of any changes.

 

Engaging Members and People of our Congregation

The website can serve as a quick source of critical information about meetings and events. Have you ever listened to someone announce an upcoming event during the church service and then forgotten some of the important details? A quality website should have information to serve as reminders to members as well as invitations to non-members.

Information about our church and its ministries is of interest to the entire congregation and getting that information out is vital to successful activities and to recruiting new members.

The website could contain a continually updated directory of members easily accessible to everyone.

 

Contributors to Website help  Create An Online Community. Our church website allows the feeling of community to continue when people are not in church.

Our website is never going to replace to the face-to-face interactions that fellowship provides, however, it can be a starting point for attracting new visitors, engaging current members and catching the attention of Christians who have just moved into the Yakima area.

 

Poster that shows a man ready to work and the words "We Need Your Help"Help Wanted:

Reporters -to write and post brief news articles about past events or inviting notices about future activities.

Photographers -to take photos of church activities and post them to facebook or to the website.

Website technicians -maintain, update and improve the site.

People from every ministry and group in our church are needed to share stories and pictures of their activities. The highest quality news articles are those written by people who are involved.

People not involved with a particular ministry, who are willing to attend events and/or interview organizers to share information with the congregation, helping to build up the quality of the website by reporting on upcoming events and activities and by telling the whole church family the story about  what happened at an activity or event.

Contact: Terry Fortier 509-949-1850 Teralan4ta@aol.com

 

 

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