Digital Ministry With Worship Times

“If you had three Communications positions, what would they be?” – from a recent post in a Facebook group for church communicators.

Sometimes we just need a little help from our friends

Three? 3! We love that churches that have the money are spending it on good communication ministry that seeks to reach out beyond their own congregation and Christian circles. However, most ministries can’t afford to hire even a part-time digital minister or communications director. Many denominations are also struggling to afford to hire people who are technically savvy, theologically grounded, and literate in both Bible and practical church matters.

This is exactly why Worship Times was started – to give ministries great websites and easy access to social media tools at an affordable price.

As the needs of our members grew, so did our ministry. Our members started to dream big, and with that the number of our offerings grew too. The only issue was finding the church staff hours to maintain the work required by adding these extra offerings. This became our new challenge, not only help our members build new platforms but also help them maintain it with a team of dedicated staff.

What can Worship Times help you do?

  • Add special features to your website – payment options, member databases, event registrations and bookings, etc.
  • Set up social media accounts – Facebook pages and groups, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, SnapChat, other social media platforms that haven’t been invented yet
  • Create a newsletter or other template on MailChimp, Constant Contact, or other mailing program
  • Maintain updates to your website
  • Maintain updates to your social media
  • Write blog posts
  • Copy editing
  • Create and send newsletters
  • Develop comprehensive digital ministry strategies
  • Create social media and website graphics to promote events, liturgical seasons, or programs

Ministry Partners

When you partner with Worship Times, you don’t just get tech geeks who speak programming, or social media, you get a partner in ministry that understands that Holy Week and Advent is incredibly important and busy, understand working with committees, and that change in the life of a religious organization can be scary. You also partner with theological nerds who can come up with great scripture passages that fit your Advent theme, and can update a website while using Facebook. You partner with a ministry with experience, education and skills in both of these worlds, and combine them with communication ministry expertise.

But most of all, Worship Times has a deep love for the work of ministry, and what makes it unique. We are partners in that work and call, not as contract labor. Whether we are just building your website, or you have a full digital ministry relationship with us, we work with you, not just for you.

Some of our digital ministry partners are: Bedford Presbyterian Church, Young Clergy Women International, Newark Presbytery, Foothills Presbytery, LEAD.

Are you interested in a digital ministry partnership with Worship Times? Let us know!

There Are No Small Questions

After the big work of building your website is done, the questions that come up when you start using your website can seem small. But little questions can add up. And…Worship Times doesn’t think any of your questions are small or inconsequential. It’s why we built our video tutorial Learning Center and support ticket Support Center right into the Dashboard of our websites.

From questions like, “I forgot how to add a page?” to “How do I add pictures to my home page slider?” to “Can we change our theme?” or “What does our monthly membership fee pay for?” we are happy to answer your questions.

We would rather you ask a question you might think is small and silly, than for those questions to keep piling up, making your website a burden rather than a useful tool for your ministry.

Also, your “small” question may be a bigger deal than you think. Asking about what seems to be a tiny glitch could help uncover a larger problem. Members reporting small problems have led us to find and fix bugs quickly, before they became system-wide issues.

Your little questions can also lead you to a deeper understanding of how your website works, and using the tools Worship Times provides in new ways. We are always delighted when we can answer questions and our members say, “I learned something new today!”

And if something is just not working, or your website starts looking dated, please reach out. Don’t keep a frustration to yourself – we can help! If something isn’t working, or you need to do something new, or you just don’t like the color scheme anymore – ask us! We may have an easy answer, and if we need to do more research, we love diving deep into challenges as well. We want you to know you are not alone.

Our memberships exist so that Worship Times will continue to walk with you as partners in your digital ministry. You bring your message, and we bring the skills and experience to help you share that message. So, no question is too small. Ask us!

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