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.
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!