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The Transition and Revitalization Committee is a subcommittee reporting to Missions Committee. The purpose is to be a resource for congregations and leaders looking for ways to bring new life into their church.
Recommended Book Resources
- Biblical Church Revitalization, Brian Croft
- A Guide to Church Revitalization, Al Mohler, Ed. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010GKWXP8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Cn0VCb9SGCN1T
- Revitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again, Andrew M. Davis https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZJU3T2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Go0VCbERJPY9Y
- Scrappy Church: God’s Not Done Yet, Thom Rainer
Technology in Church
My name is David Christian and I am a Ruling Elder at Shearer PCA. I just wanted to share with you some of my experience in using technology for God’s Kingdom.
A website, a wonderful social media page, and the best sound system money can buy, will not help you get one person, one family, to join your church, if it is not a healthy church. Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and teaching the true and inerrant scripture is the number one priority, our marching orders given in Matthew 28, and telling others “The Good News”. That is the bottom-line Period.
So why have all those things? I do believe all things are for the glory of God. “Romans 11:36 (NIV). For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen..” So, why not use what he has given us, for His purpose? Technology is certainly one of the tools He has given us.
How does someone find most anything today? The world we live in today is certainly much different that the world that I grew up in. The number one way to find anything today is to, “Google” it. So, if a family, whether new in the area or someone who has been around awhile, is looking for a church they are most likely to search for it online. So, if you do not have a properly designed website that is optimized for search engine, have few church direction signs, how do you expect to be found? Of course, the best way to find new people is to have your congregation invite people. But how many people does that potentially reach? Five or ten per week? How many congregates actually invite people on a regular basis? I would venture to say not many.
Both methods are especially important if your church campus is off the main road, in an out of the way location. I have noticed many churches don’t even have a sign directing people to their location.
What activities do you have to attract people to your campus? At Shearer we have a monthly live bluegrass music ministry that attracts people to our campus that has been very successful. You must get people on your campus to hear the Gospel from your church.
You can also spread the Gospel electronically through tools like livestreaming. I have heard many people who think livestreaming will distract from attendance. Nothing could be farther from the facts. Reverend Billy Graham reached millions of people through electronic means. Read these articles for more information. https://www.philcooke.com/will-livestreaming-a-worship-service-hurt-a-churchs-attendance/
If you do have a website, does it tell people who you are, where you are, and what you believe? If you have sermons posted does the audio have such a “buzz” in it that is so bad, that no one is listening to them? If you have a sound system, is it loud enough, or too soft. Is it distracting from the Worship service? Do you need a sound system? All these are questions your leadership should be considering.
2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the full knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,
If I “Google” something like reformed churches in your city, does your church show up on the first page? People rarely will go past the first page of Google and well certainly not go past the second page. You must to be in in the top 10 to show up on the first page, (disregarding the paid ads). Between 150 to 200 people visit our church webpage everyday and we have been as high as 800, and we are an average size congregation of around 120-150 regular attenders. You can’t compete with the high dollar mega church websites, so you must find search keywords that are locally optimized. This is called local SEO. Use local SEO to your advantage and you can land on the first page, even ahead of the mega church sites. You can’t just buy a template and hope for the best. It takes a lot of research and work to do SEO properly.
If you don’t have a website, get a free one. A poorly done free site is better than no site. There are a number of options for a free site out there, just search for them. If you want a professional site that is search engine optimized, then plan on spending around $1500 for a basic 5 page site which is adequate for most churches. Make sure everything on your site works, no broken links, and it is optimized for both possible new attenders and for members. It needs to be updated at least once per month to make sure it has the latest security updates and the information is current. Make sure your site is secure with an SSL certificate and protects any private information. Search engines penalize site rankings if they do not have an https:// prefix. Plain old http:// don’t cut it anymore. Your site should contain a privacy and cookies policy. Make sure every page has an action that you are wanting to point to. Such as signup for a newsletter, contact us, direct people to your church calendar, or sermon archives. Don’t put a lot of reading on your pages, it distracting and boring and most won’t read it. Have links to more information for those who want to read more. Your page first look is just to give a quick summary about your church.
That is a lot to consider but believe me, it is only a small part of what you may need, to having a technically competent church, but it is a good start.
I will be happy to answer any questions or help you with your website and other technology needs to the best of my ability. There is no cost to asking. I can be reached at 704-706-5432 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Let me share a little about myself. I have been involved with technology since I
was 16 years old which was a long time ago, 1964 as a matter of fact. Then
color tv was the new-fangled technology and transistors were rarely heard of by
anyone except engineers and a few high dollar commercial and military products.
I started out in High School electronics class and worked part time in a TV
shop. On graduation in 1966 I entered the US Marine Corps and served as an
aviation electronics technician working on electronics for the F-4 Phantom fighter
during the Vietnam War. On discharge opened a
TV repair and sales shop and sold it in 1975 when the economy was going bad due to the oil embargo. I graduated from then Rowan Technology institute (Now Rowan-Cabarrus Community College) in 1976 with an associate degree in Electronic Engineering and was hired by General Electric Medical System as an Engineer until my retirement in 2010. I then started my web design and graphic design company K Town Design. I designed and installed the sound system, wi-fi network and most of the video system at Shearer Presbyterian Church. I have several certificates from Synergetic Audio Concepts in audio systems.
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