Church Planters Rejoice: Free Church Website!

godvertiser —  2010/04/28 — 4 Comments

If you’re in the midst of planting a church you’re probably:

A) in need of sleep

B) in need of funds

C) in need of a website to tell the world

Sorry pastors, I can’t do anything about your dreams for being able to actually find time to have dream aren’t real just yet! haha!

But here’s a generous offer to help you with the the last item on this list above — a free website to spread the word about your new ministry in town. . .

One of the better known church website companies is Site Organic, which offers a very dynamic content management system for church websites.  They ain’t super cheap if you are looking at absolute dollar figures, so most church plants can’t benefit from services from companies like SiteOrganic.  For example, their pricing ranges from $1,200 — $3,000 per year on a recurring basis.  That’s A BIG CHECK to write for most new church plants.

But what you do get is a very rich content management system that is capable of all the bells and whistles you see on the largest church and ministry websites on the web today.  Even their most affordable packages provide aesthetically pleasing designs — ones where you certainly won’t be embarrassed about in representing your church to the community you are investing in.

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The GOOD NEWS here is that Site Oragnic is giving away their services for free to church planters.

As long as you have less than 300 people adults attending your church to date, and it’s been less than a year (or even before you launch your official first worship gathering), you’re all set to benefit from the free offer.

The fine print is that it’s technically not completely free.  You do have to pay a $99 start-up fee, which is basically aimed to weed out the freewheelers and anyone that isn’t seriously planting a church right now.  But the rest is really free.  You’ll get over $2,500 in free services with no obligation to continue at that package rate, nor at all period after the first year.

If you’re planting a church, this gives you some breathing room to establish your core community.

Assumably, if you’re church plant is even semi-successful, you will have gotten some sort of financial stability after another year of existence — at least enough to to have the beginnings of financial options so that you can decide what to do about your web presence.  If you’re church plant’s time is not meant to be in the here and now, you’ll know that too after another year from now and you won’t be in need of web services much longer at that point.

Having personally seen SiteOrganic being used live in the church website setting, I can say that you won’t be disappointed by this offer.  It’s one less thing to think about so you can focus on the more important tasks at hand in launching your ministry.  Enjoy!

QUESTION: Does your church currently use a 3rd party website service like Site Organic, or do an internally owned and managed website?

Please share your experience with other ministry leaders and leave a comment below!

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4 responses to Church Planters Rejoice: Free Church Website!

  1. Tell me you're joking with these statements:
    "Assumably, if you’re church plant is even semi-successful…If you’re church plant’s time is not meant to be in the here and now, you’ll know that too after another year from now"

    So you're saying God made a mistake when he called you into ministry because your ministry isn't successful after a year? Planting a church should only result in struggles and dependence on God for a year. After that, it's best to just close up shop if things don't work out?

    We're not opening fast food franchises or mall kiosks here, we're starting ministries and churches. I seriously doubt you'll find many if any ministries so flush with cash after a year that they'll have the ability to fork over $2500 for a website.

    What SiteOrganic is doing here is very noble and generous, but you cheapen planting churches to the level of starting a lemonade stand.

  2. @Jamie – thanks for the comments. Are you a church planter yourself? I'd love to hear more about the ministry with which you are associated.

    I agree, church planting is not the same as opening a retail outlet. That said, from the church plants I've known, they have all taken more than a year on their own gathering, praying, and shaping their identity and how they are going communicate it — all *before* getting to the point of considering the launch of a website. My assumption is that if a church plant is ready to put up a site, it's been in the works for long enough that they have properly discerned God's call for a new ministry.

    The thrust of the post was that if you're at the stage where you're holding public gatherings for worship, you should take up Site Organic up on their offer for the next year ahead.

    Now, that might mean that at the end of the 1 yr free services offer, you've been gathering for almost two years, since the offer allows churches that have been gathering for up to 1 year already. Is it too much to assume after almost 2 years of gatherings, that on a practical basis, the church leadership would begin to understand the long term viability of the ministry and start to make decisions for continuing their efforts or not? As I clearly said, Site Organic is expensive for church organizations, even at their $99/mo option, it would be $1,200/year. My suggestion would be to move to another webhost at that point unless the SiteOrganic website is attracting enough new visitors to the church on a regular basis in order to justify the expense (which actually may be the case).

    But I don't think your objective, nor mine is to get bogged down in line item arguments. I get your point that we do not want to reduce church planting to a sterile "church in a box" type mentality, and that is not my intention, however you received the content of this post.

    That said, I do believe, that church plants, similar to marketplace start-up businesses do need to be practically aware of finances and have a discernment process in place to understand whether or not the church plant's efforts are meant to be a sustainable one.

    And lastly, a decision to close down a church plant in no way means God made a mistake. Perhaps the work which was done in the interim served a much greater purpose than visible "success" found in a sustainable church.

    I appreciate the comments. Keep 'em coming!

  3. … while we are at it. There's a nice statement on why Amish people beat the crowd of entrepreneurs through … but read for yourself.
    viahttp://drjeffcornwall.com/
    Why the Amish Make Entrepreneurship Programs Look Bad
    (it's getting a little offtopic now, … or not?)
    Yet another mosaic, perhaps.

    • Thanks for the link to the Amish Business Principles video. Fun video.

      You would think that committed church planters succeed by the same token. If only they had the same 95% success rate!

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