I was surprised recently when I went searching for a few churches online and realized that some rural churches have no website.
You need a website! People are doing everything online from meeting friends, looking for cures to their zits, and finding out about your church. I realize that many of our own church people do not look at our website very often because they get all the information in Sunday morning bulletins or elsewhere. But I have had new people tell us that they checked out our website.
Your website is a safe first place for people to check out your church. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it needs to let people know who you are, where you are, and how to get there. Make the directions clear because not all rural places use street numbers well. Your website should let newcomers know what kind of programs you offer and how they can get involved. A calendar of events is great, but don’t include it unless you will regularly update it to keep it current.
Websites don’t have to be expensive or extravagant. If you have someone with basic internet skills (your teens!) they can find free places to set up web sites. Or ask someone for help. Don’t lose this opportunity to connect with people.