Internet Technology FOR CONGREGATIONS. John Rollins and Jan Paxton Diocese of Newark’s Diocesan Council Electronic Technology Committee. What is a Homepage?. A Banner - like the ones we carry in processions - that shows the character of your congregation
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Internet TechnologyFOR CONGREGATIONS
John Rollins and Jan Paxton
Diocese of Newark’s Diocesan Council
Electronic Technology Committee
What is a Homepage?
Why do we want one?
What can we do if we have one?
OK, so we want one. Now what do we do?
We close our doors when we
…don’t show people the way in
…don’t give them the information they need
…speak in “church code”
…don’t minister to their needs
…make them feel out of place
They are God’s guests
God is the host
It is not your church
It is God’s church
You are only the stewards
Look for the things that make your church hospitable -
try to identify the characteristics of the people who have most recently joined your church
what about your most active members?
The most important question is not where or when, but why
You have about 15 seconds to capture attention with an answer to Why should I come to this church?
Now design a website that accomplishes this!
The first screenful should contain the answers to the most important questions…
and pointers showing that other answers are also available
If you use a picture, don’t let it fill the whole screen
First answer What kind of place is this?
Later provide answers to Where is this church and how do I get there? How do I contact them? When are the services….
Avoid pictures of identifiable children
More ideas for
content and design
Who is going to create the site?
How are you going to maintain it (keep it current)
Who will make sure that photographs and graphics are of good quality?
Who will decide what content is on our site?
Will there be any quality control?
Someone’s e-mail contact information should be on the site - whose?
Once it is created, what then?
If you don’t like either of the other choices for where to house your page, there is room on the diocesan web site at
To have your congregation’s pages on that server, contact John Rollins at
Christ Church, Pompton – firstname.lastname@example.org
What resources are out there?
The internet is all about connections, so look around and find new ways to use this ever-changing technology to do God’s work!
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