New Year, New Ventures

The new calendar year tends to bring a renewed sense of purpose with it. We make resolutions to stop bad, old habits, and to try new things. The new year is a good time to test out new rhythms and lifestyles.

In the church world, we have started a new church year and celebrated Christmas, a season that brings with it many new eyes on our websites and social media. Visitors looking for a church home want to know when your Christmas Eve services are. Grandparents check out your Facebook page to see pictures of their grandchildren in your Christmas pageants. Community members look for special events on your calendar. It is no wonder that many churches get serious about trying out some new things in January.

When we consider what people might think about your community as they browse your website, Instagram, or Facebook for the first time, we can consider how we appear to the outside world with fresh eyes. It makes us reevaluate our website’s look or organization. We might want to up our Facebook game with more posts that show all our community does. Perhaps we would like to better integrate disparate parts of our work, like connecting our forms directly with our database, or bringing an Instagram or Flickr feed to our website. Or we may have no clue what to do next, but just know that we need to do something.

When you are ready to try something new, it’s a great time to reach out to Worship Times. If you want a new look, or need a more robust website, we can talk about a new theme, or if moving up to a premium or custom theme would better fit your growing needs. If you want to engage your audience through different media – pictures, blogs, podcasts – we have some easy updates that can help. If you have no idea what you need, but you know you need something, we have easy surveys that can help you articulate your needs, and figure out next steps.

Best of all, we get really excited when you want to do something new. We love helping our members grow their message in the digital space, and try new things. And, if we don’t have a solution already, we love the challenge of partnering with you how to make it work.

Some new things you might be interested in trying:

  • Changing the look of your website – we have some great themes you can try, and we will even help you make the transition! Plus, we work to add new themes regularly so many may be new to you.
  • Learning how to add single and recurring events that make life easier for you and keep your community informed.
  • Creating a sermon podcast, and adding it to your media offerings.
  • Adding your YouTube videos, an Instagram feed or Flickr slide show to your website, to better connect people with your social media presence.
  • Moving all your forms online, which is even easier with updated Gravity Forms features, like signature abilities.
  • Updating your church database to a cloud-based system, like Breeze, and creating easy member access through your website.
  • Creating resources for specific ministries, which can be integrated through a membership system like MemberPress.

These are just some new things you may want to consider this year. If you would like some assistance in creating and boosting your digital ministry, check out our digital ministry services. From helping maintain your website and social media to assisting in the creation of communication strategy and content, Worship Times has some unique ways to help you do more.

As you think about your new year’s digital ministry resolutions, let us help you bring them to life.

What’s New?

What’s next for your ministry?

Your website needs will change over time. Perhaps you need a new logo, branding, or website design. Maybe you’ll find that you need a new tool to do those every day tasks or a new project or program altogether. These are some of our favorite puzzles to solve at Worship Times. Finding the right tool for the job, testing it, and putting it to the real test – real life use on your website.

When we find a new tool to add to one member’s website, they are often useful for other ministries. We add it to our toolbox of plugins available for all of our members. You may not see those tools appear on your dashboard unless you need them, so we like to share the new things we’re excited about. If these are helpful to you, ask us to make them available on your site! (This may include add-ons to plugins, like the ones we talk about below.)

New Plugins



We are especially excited about our latest addition to our plugin offerings. MemberPress is an impressive membership registration system created for WordPress sites that allows you to create very specific access to resources on your site. That way you don’t have to password-protect a bunch of pages, with just as many passwords to remember, or a password that gets passed out like church keys (do you know who all has keys to your church?).

With MemberPress you can easily set up membership levels with different levels of access. You can keep these member users out of the dashboard of your website, while still providing all the access they need.

MemberPress also integrates with MailChimp so you can sign people up for your mailing lists. It integrates with Amazon S3 which allows you to store your files off your website, and prevent them from eating up your available website data storage. You can use most of the standard payment programs like PayPal and, which provides a wide variety of payment options. And you can encourage members to sign up other members through an affiliate program, which easily can be added to your MemberPress functionality.

For churches and other ministries who want to offer unique resources to their members without a lot of fuss, MemberPress is a great solution.


AddThis is one of the most popular ways to share posts and links on social media, directly from your website. You have always been able to add social share buttons on your site, but AddThis makes it easier than ever to do so.


New Add-ons for Gravity Forms


Gravity Forms has been our go-to forms creator for years, and has recently added some add-ons that are particularly helpful to our members.

One of the biggest headaches with online forms is the lack of ability to collect real signatures. Many of our members have still relied on paper forms to do their registrations where a signature is required. But now we can capture live signatures on Gravity Forms, whether you are using a touch screen (mobile or tablet), touch pad, or mouse.

With Gravity Forms, you are also now able to add the ability to upload files to a form directly from your Dropbox folders, or download a file to your Dropbox.

If your team uses Slack to communicate, there are also some simple Slack integrations to notify you when a form has been submitted.

Additionally, though this is not a new feature for Worship Times, did you know you can create a form with save and continue features with Gravity Forms? We’ve been able to do it for a while, but many of our members didn’t know that ability was included.


What’s Next?


We don’t know what’s next, but we will continue to keep our eyes open for plugins and add-ons that help our members do their work well. And if you have questions or requests for additional plugins, reach out to us through our support system – we’d love to see what’s possible for you!

But What About…

Is this where the plug(-in) goes?

Our top goals for our Worship Times websites are: We want them to look good. We want them to be affordable. We want them to be easy to use, so our members can have the freedom to customize.

We design our templates to be elegant in style, and easy to use. We rigorously test our templates, plug-ins and integrations we add to our system. Not every template or plug-in designed for WordPress works well, and some may break your site altogether. Worship Times seeks only the highest quality products to offer our members.

Our members often have unique needs and ask us about adding particular plug-ins or integrations to meet those needs. They may say, “I love my site, but I really wish it did…,” or “What about this plug-in?” When we are asked about such services, like a good picture slider, a database system, or more, Worship Times looks at multiple options. Then we vet and test the ones that best meet the needs of the member requesting the plug-in. We also consider which plug-ins and integrations will best meet the needs of members with similar needs.

The ones that both meet the specific needs and work well with WordPress get approval. The ones that have wide appeal are added to the whole network, so other members can easily add those capabilities to their sites. It is important to us that every piece of your website works in concert with another. We have created a system where our members are very much in control of the content of their websites, but do not have to worry about security, system or plug-in updates, or which plug-ins will work best for their needs.

We have recently added several plug-in options as well as vetted new options on long-time, standard Worship Times plug-ins, such as Gravity Forms. We’ll be talking about all of these updates in the coming weeks, but we wanted to share a bit about the work that goes into each and every piece of the Worship Times system as your website needs change over time.

Do you have an idea that requires extra tools on your website? Ask us. We may already have the plug-in or integration tested and available to be added to your site, or will find one that works.

Announcing a New WordPress Plugin in Partnership With

Black computer keyboard with a 'Connect' key in place of the 'Enter' keyChurches often see new technology as a problem to be solved, or an obstacle to overcome to get on with “real” ministry. Worship Times and were created by people who are excited by the opportunities in new forms of technology for deepening ministry and faith, and wanted to share their excitement and knowledge with others.

Even with the advent of website and podcasting platforms that can be more easily understood and used, these technologies can be intimidating for people not using them every day. And that’s where companies like and Worship Times come in. Working with people who both understand the technology and are enthusiastic about helping you use it makes all the difference.

It only makes sense that two companies doing parallel work to help churches and ministries would end up working together to create a powerful new tool.

Worship Times uses WordPress, the most popular website platform in the world[1], as the basis for their websites, creating themes and tools specifically designed for the work of ministry. At the same time built a powerful network of tools allowing churches and ministries to upload, store, deliver and livestream audio and video content (and more) efficiently and easily without a huge cost. has offered some unique ways to connect to their tools and apps through both PC and mobile technology, but had not yet developed a plug-in specifically for WordPress. As Worship Times began to look into the best ways to help their members connect their content to their own websites, we were impressed with the work that has done and continues to do. We wanted to make it even easier for our members to use services and tools, so we decided to develop our own WordPress plug-in, along with the technical support of developers.

Working with has been a fun and productive collaboration. It is good to meet and work with partners who share the same goals and values, and who can help you improve what you do. We consistently seek to work with such partners when we are able, to be able to offer the best tools to our members, and to further the work of their ministries.

This plug-in will be available to any Worship Times members who are using or would like to use services, which you can read about and sign up for at This plug-in is also available to users with WordPress sites not on the Worship Times network.

May your Advent and Christmas seasons also be filled with fruitful and meaningful work with good partners and new friends.

[1] About 27% of websites worldwide use WordPress (up from 25% a year ago –