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Church website design?

So I’m looking into getting a website designed within the next year.

I’m already aware of FaithHighway.com, MustardSeedStudio.com, FaithConnector.com, and Perfect-Fit.

Our home on the web here in San Francisco needs to be top-drawer – let’s break it down …

I googled “Church of Christ” and found a few examples of what I DON’T want (no offense :p):

  1. http://www.church-of-christ.net/
  2. http://www.westarkchurchofchrist.org/indexf.html
  3. http://www.jordanpark.org/
  4. http://churchforchrist.com/
  5. http://www.ch-of-christ.beaverton.or.us/

Here are a few examples of what I DO want:

  1. http://www.marshillchurch.org/
  2. http://www.vintagechurch.org/
  3. http://www.ucmcampus.com/
  4. http://www.kcrevolution.org/
  5. http://www.stonebriar.org/

It is a fact that most people today will visit a church’s website before they’ll attend an actual church service – especially in a city when you’re working with today’s middle class. It’s not enough to have a website just to have a website. If your site is sub-par, you’ll leave a lot of people with the impression that your church is sub-par. If your site is filled with irrelevant or outdated information, you’ll leave a lot of people with the impression that your church is irrelevant or outdated.

Think of your church’s website as the first smell that hits a guest’s nostrils when they walk into your living room. Is yours fresh-baked bread, or did somebody step in something?

Having a site could do more harm than good, or it could be something that’s awesomely beneficial to your ministry. I prefer the latter.

Any suggested resources for me?

UPDATE: Check out the website I had designed for Lake Merced Church: www.lakemercedchurch.com

I went with FaithHighway, and they did a great job designing according to my specifications.

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