Worship Times: Worship Leader Magazine Editor’s Pick for 2016

bestofbug-2016-200For the third year in a row, Worship Times has been named Worship Leader Magazine Editor’s Pick for Digital Worship Resources: Web Development!

Meeting the digital needs of ministries and non-profits is our call and passion. We love helping our members discover new ways to communicate and improve upon existing ones. We help ministries tell their story and share their work and call in the world.

Being chosen again as an Editor’s Pick by Worship Leader Magazine reaffirms our commitment to the work we do together, and energizes us for future collaborations with churches, ministries, and non-profits.

We thank our members for the confidence and trust they put in us and allowing us to accompany them in ministry.

Worship Times: Some Reflections from the PC(USA) General Assembly in Portland

A month ago, Worship Times flew home from the 222nd PC(USA) General Assembly in Portland, OR, tired but delighted. We were able to speak to hundreds of people, many of whom are longtime members we have only met by phone or email that we finally got to meet in person.

There were many highlights from our conversations over the week we were visiting with the Presbyterians (well, this branch of the Presbys, at least), but our favorite conversations were the ones that started with, “Do you need help with your website?” Which often prompted this expression:


“Yes! We really do. Tell us more.”

We are blessed to be in a business that helps people. And doesn’t just help people, but helps people be faithful in the world, and share that faith with others. Throughout the year we get to speak to many people on the phone, and by email, and we love these conversations, but there is nothing like seeing that relief and joy in someone’s face when they find out that we can help them do what they do better, more easily.

The PC(USA) General Assembly isn’t the only denominational gathering we have gone to, but, so far, it’s the largest. Each time we go to one of these gatherings, it gives us the opportunity to have conversations that often range far beyond websites. We were able to provide a place for people to take a break, charge their devices, and just chat about their lives, their ministries, their passions for their work and the world. Though there is some cynicism present in any large church gathering, for the most part, the people who participate, from commissioners to denominational leaders to volunteers to observers to students to people representing organizations throughout the church – mission, camp and conferences, affinity groups – are passionate about this mission we share together, even when we disagree. And we got to hear their stories. Your stories. And think together about how we can help tell those stories.

The work that happens at large church gatherings are just a beginning, or continuation, of the work. Worship Times is currently hard at work following up on all of the conversations we started in Portland, and building on deeper conversations we were able to have with current members.

If you have the opportunity to take part of the larger conversations your churches or denominations are having, take part! Sometimes we get isolated from each other in our little corners of the world, and we need to be reminded that we are not in this alone. We never have been.

Blessings and gratitude for all of you,
Worship Times Team


**If you think Worship Times should be at your denominational gathering, please comment below, or send us a note. We can’t be at everything, but if it fits, we would love to be there. Please include dates and contact info for organizers.

We also have done trainings with regional church bodies and leadership organizations. If you are interested in booking Worship Times for a deeper look at websites and church communications, we’d be happy to talk to you about that, too.**

Featured Client: San Francisco Theological Seminary

from the San Francisco Theological Seminary home pageWorship Times has been working on some exciting projects, and launching beautiful websites for ministries of all shapes and sizes. We love the breadth and depth of the work we get to do and the members we get to work with. Today we are please to announce the launch of the new look for the San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) website. Worship Times has been working closely with our business partners, Poka Yoke Design, and SFTS to design and build a site that fits the needs and style of this wonderful gem of a Presbyterian seminary.

SFTS has been working diligently in the last few years to change the face of theological education offered on their campus – renewing fundraising efforts, launching a Center for Innovation in Ministry, building new student housing to re-center the community and better meet student needs, highlighting their excellent Christian Spirituality program, and creating opportunities to live into the spiritual practices being taught. The collaboration on the new website was centered around the values seen throughout San Francisco Theological Seminary.

We think the new look for the SFTS site well reflects who they are, as we hope to achieve in every project we work on. Our goal is to keep our member ministries’ values, identity and message at the center while providing the highest quality collaborative process, customer service, design and user experience. If you are looking for a web development company to work as partners in the process of building a new site we hope you will consider working with Worship Times.

Featured Client: UNCO

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Worship Times was founded in order to help ministries tell their stories through digital media. We created a platform that was easily accessible to users – both technologically and financially – but also provided the highest quality websites and digital communications. We believed that quality did not have to be sacrificed for affordability or user ease, but could go hand-in-hand. We have found similar creative work in the people and ministries that have participated in the Unconference, a church-based, open-format gathering of people who believe that church doesn’t have to be complicated to be amazing. People who are doing remarkable things with very little conventional resources.

People like Anna Woofenden, who started The Garden Church, and saw the possibilities of extending God’s Kingdom to an anonymous alleyway. Mercy Junction, which was created at one of the first Unco gatherings from a conversation between Brian Merritt and Laura Becker. Ministries supported and inspired by Unco and the people who gather there range from these to The Kirk Coffee, Love Wins, Isaiah’s Table, The Word House, Sanctuary for the Arts, Our Common Ground, and Open Gathering. (And more.) Worship Times has been in the mix from the beginning. Having conversations about digital ministry and communications, providing websites, cheering on Spirit-filled ministry.

Worship Times doesn’t just play lip service to innovative ministries, nor do we believe innovative ministry comes in a particular shape, size or age category. We are working and sharing moral Unco waves hisupport with people doing creative ministry in well-established churches, and people who are not sure what they are creating as they just get started, fueled by a calling and passion of the Spirit of God in the world. If you are excited by the work of Christ in the world, and aren’t sure what’s next, Unco is a great place to have that conversation. More than once someone who has come to Unco with the seed of an idea, or not even yet a seed, has gone away and started something new. Maybe right away, maybe a few years down the road, new ministries, resurrected ministries, simply new ideas in an old system.

It’s powerful, it’s Christ-filled, and it’s real. If you need something like that, join us at Unco for some of these life-giving conversations. We’ll see you there.

Next Unco dates: May 16-18, 2016, at Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY. October (dates tba), 2016, at San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, CA.

Worship Times is a Worship Leader Magazine Editor’s Pick for 2015

Worship Leader Magazine 2015 Editor's PickWe are delighted to announce that, for the second year in a row, Worship Times has been named as a 2015 Worship Leader Magazine Editor’s Pick for Web Developer!

Our passion for digital ministry comes from our excitement in working with customers who are passionate about sharing the Gospel through their particular experiences and stories. We couldn’t do what we do without the creativity and love of ministry we see in our members.

Being chosen again as an Editor’s Pick by Worship Leader Magazine reaffirms our commitment to the work we do together, and energizes us for future collaborations with churches and other ministries.

In the next year, we will continue to focus on and strengthen our digital ministry solutions for ministries and non-profits. If you are thinking about a new or refreshed website, or a new ministry project using digital media, let us know – we’d love to work with you to make your dreams a reality.

Let us help take your website to the next level, or go beyond your website, and explore:

  • Overall Communication Strategies
  • Digital Outreach
  • Podcasting
  • Social Media
  • Content Creation – Written, Audio, Video
  • Accessibility – How can you be welcoming to all?

And so much more. What are your needs and dreams? We’d love to help.

Thou Shalt Ask for Help

EditorsPick_2014_200The team at Worship Times is dedicated to empowering congregations developing their church websites and digital presence. On November 1 Worship Times was named one of Worship Leader Magazine’s Editor’s Pick for web development (read more here). So for the next couple of weeks we will be presenting what we consider to be the 10 Commandments for Church Websites. If you have further questions or want to learn more about Worship Times, please feel free to email us.

10th Commandment for Church Websites

Thou shalt ask for help

As scripture reminds us, the Body of Christ has many parts; and we all serve a different roles in ministries. Don’t be afraid to ask someone who is tech-savvy for help.

Worship Time has a bunch of staff members who specialize in support who would be happy to help. Contact us at [email protected] and keep an eye on our blog.

Download all 10 Commandments for Church Websites here.

9. Thou shalt focus on ministry 

8. Thou shalt keep they calendar up to date

7. Thou shalt be thoughtful about using social media

6. Thy website is never done

5. Thy website shalt be mobile friendly

4. Thou shalt keep it short

3. Thou shalt use pictures that show thy community in action

2. Thou shalt be on thy website who God is calling thou to be in the world

1. Thou shalt put needed info right up front

Worship Times named Editor’s Pick

EditorsPick_2014_200Worship Leader Magazine has named Worship Times as one of its 2014 Editor’s Pick for web development.

Worship Times is a team of congregational leaders, and we are honored to be featured in this trusted resource for congregational leaders. Several team members have seminary degrees. Owner Michael Gyura credits a particularly memorable class in seminary as the moment when the idea for Worship Times was born: easy-to-use websites for congregations by congregational leaders who understand the challenges facing the church today.

We know designing a website can be a challenge, and we offer multiple themed templates that are easy to customize to your church’s unique identity.

We know that assessing your current website can be a challenge, and we offer a free website review where one of our talented team members will help you figure out what you’d like to see changed.

We know budget is a challenge, and we offer several options for pricing. If you’re a smaller church or church plant, we will make sure that Worship Times is affordable for your community. (Contact us for more.)

We know that congregational leaders have stressed schedules, and we offer multiple ways to get your questions answered to fit those schedules.

We know that technology in church can be a challenge, and we write an ongoing blog related to those issues.

We know visualizing your site with a Worship Times template can be a challenge, and we offer a 30 day free trial.

We’re here to help you. Questions? Comments? Want to get in touch? You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. You can email us or use this contact form or call us at (888) 442-8731.

About Us

When was the last time you saw an ugly website? Like, a really ugly website? What was the website for? A business? A community event? Maybe a church?

Let me tell you, there are a lot of ugly church websites. Outdated, stagnant, rotating gifs, you name it. It’s a running joke within many church communities about how bad their website is. Three years ago Michael Gyura and the web design professionals at Poka Yoke Design decided that they had seen enough ugly church websites.

Worship Times was launched in the spring of 2011 as a joint venture between Poka Yoke Design, people in training to become church professionals, and pastors to meet the growing online needs of churches and church-based nonprofits. With most the staff coming from ministry backgrounds, we know the importance of an online presence to churches and nonprofits in the 21st century.

Churches and nonprofits don’t function the same way as businesses and neither should our websites.

Although the company builds websites, we’re also growing an organic community. We realized that a sustainable model of website design for churches, especially smaller ones, must use the strengths and talents of everyone possible. Scripture speaks of faithful communities as various parts of a single body–we may have different functions but we are all in this together. Members of our community combine their resources with others across the world so we can build cost efficient websites together.

Worship Times WebsitesWe have found many partners in our journey. We use the open source WordPress content management system so thousands of people are helping us develop better and better ways to be in community online. We work with denominations such as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to provide bulk discounts for fledgling communities. We hired three new staff members in the past year and are continuing to expand our services.

Our goal is simple–we don’t want any church’s website to be the butt of a running joke. We create economically sustainable, user friendly, not ugly websites for churches in a community that will support these ministries for years to come.

Worship Times helped sponsor WordCamp Nashville which took place in early May 2014. This was one of a couple of blog posts about our company we shared introducing us to that community.

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We’re dedicated to creating quality websites for ministries by ministers. We know that many churches are looking to expand their presence in social media. We’re doing the same.

Each piece of social media serves a greater purpose in our various ministries. Facebook is a great place to find information on ministries and churches as well as get updates about their ministries right in your homepage feed.

Our Facebook page features links to our blog posts and other resources we think you’ll will be interested in. It’s also a place for you to ask questions, post comments, and respond to polls. We’ll bring you regular news updates on what’s going on with Worship Times!

So head on over to our Facebook page and click like!


Hello World! Worship Times is on its Way

You may ask, what is all this chatter about Worship Times?

Simply put? Worship Times is a revolutionary new approach for Church Ministries to establish their presence on the internet.

Corporations spend hundreds of thousands of dollars employing entire design teams to hand craft their websites. As a result, today’s congregations are used to high quality web design, whose tastes have been finely tuned by large organizations who have enough resources to commission a “great website.”

Let’s face it, most churches simply do not have the money needed to commission a “great website.” In reality, this is not an entirely a bad thing. After all, isn’t the church’s first calling to do ministry, not web design?

Unfortunately, however, many churches have been unable to keep up with the advances in web design techniques and are left with websites that are more of a hindrance to their ministries than a useful tool. (Trust us, we have seen some doozies!)

Worship Times has been designed to bring the expertise of full time web developers to church web design while also creating a cost effective solution. The result? You get a a great website at a fair price, making it possible for you to use your budget for mission while using the rapidly advancing web technology to work for you, rather than against you.