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11 Apr. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Casual Fridays

Tim Keller on the Currency of Generosity

“Generosity is not only about money. There is more than one currency. Let your generosity be persuasive in life.” – Tim Keller

8 Apr. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

How to Design Your Church Website With the End Goal in Mind

Church Development shares insight from Denver Computer Mechanics on how to effectively implement your church website goal into the design. 

Last time I noted that the average visitor leaves a website within 10-20 seconds and only reads 25% of the words on the screen. As that’s a teeny (and mostly blocked) time frame, I wanted to share some insight from a web designer on how to make the most of the seconds you’re given.

If you’ve kept up with this series, you’ve already seen some of Dave Marshall’s work—he created the Littleton Vineyard website we’ve used as an example. In working with Denver Computer Mechanics for nearly a decade, Dave (pictured above) knows what works and what doesn’t, and he recently attended one of our free Church Development workshops to answer questions for churches on their website.

Here’s the key insight he shared:

4 Apr. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

How Long Does the Average Visitor Stay on a Website?

In Quick Stats, Church Development takes a statistic and applies it to the current church world. Today’s blog covers how long the average visitor spends on a website and how much of it they read.

After detouring to chat about how the church should talk about the “Noah” movie, I’m back to this series on the value of your church website. I’ve already covered a lot of website theory (see here and here), but with smartphone and social media usage increasing all the time, people got curious as to how long the average person spends on a website before they leave.

The answer?

31 Mar. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

How the Church Should Respond to the “Noah” Movie

Church Development comments on the big picture value of the 2014 movie release “Noah” -- as an opportunity to engage an interested world about God and the Bible.  

It’s official: Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” took in first place and $44 million at the box office opening weekend, nearly doubling the second place film. Some Christians view this work as a slight on Biblical truth and decided to stay home. Others view 2014—dubbed “the year of the Bible” with five major movie releases—as the time to show up at the movie theater and vote with their dollars that they want to see more films based on the Bible.

But what about the bigger picture? Well, let’s run through a few things:

25 Mar. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

4 Things to Have in the Layout of Your Church Homepage

Church Development shares four keys in laying out your church website.

Last time I shared what to display on the homepage of your website. In sharing a screen shot, I noted that there were some aspects that, although bolstered by what appeared on the homepage, had more to do with overall site layout. With that in mind, I saved those layout tips until now. Let’s return to the Littleton Vineyard site screenshot:

21 Mar. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

What To Display on the Homepage of Your Church Website

Church Development continues its series on the value of social media and overall internet presence for your church. Today’s blog features a church homepage screenshot that allows us to break down what works well on your church homepage.

Last time I mentioned that more and more often, your church homepage is the first impression your church is making on potential visitors. I also noted a couple of common mistakes many churches make on their homepage:

  1. Not gearing the layout to the brand new visitor; and
  2. Sharing too much information at once.

Let’s take a look at a church homepage that has avoided these pitfalls (as the screenshot may be smaller than many would like, you can visit the Littleton Vineyard site here):

19 Mar. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

Common Mistakes in Church Websites #1: Homepage Content

Church Development shares an important reminder that your church homepage is making a first impression for people looking for a new church. This blog also notes what to include on your church homepage.

In continuing this series on the power of social media and internet presence, I want to zero in on the most obvious place for your efforts: your church website.

According to Lifeway Research, only 78% of churches have a website. Given the world we live in, that number is far too low. I’m willing to give a free pass to the good ol’ church in the small town where everyone knows everyone (and said church is the lone option), but for the rest of us, we can’t blow off a good website in our wired culture. Sadly, the poorly designed church website is a common sighting—especially as half of church websites are updated once a month or less—so let’s break down some of the thinking behind why a good and current website is so important:

15 Mar. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Teaching Stewardship For Every Generation Workshop

Given that we're in the middle of a series on social media, I wanted to let you know of an upcoming Colorado workshop on March 27th (2014). This workshop will cover teaching stewardship for every generation (and yes. social media is very important for younger generations). We offer a variety of free workshops throughout the year. If you're interested in this kind of stewardship education for your church, please contact us


11 Mar. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

The Sunday Snippet and the Power of Smiling

Church Development’s Denis Greene shares one of his favorite weekly emails.

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” - Mother Theresa

Last time, I shared a starting point for intimidated churches venturing into the great, wide world of social media. Although I shared a number of Bible resources and devotionals, one of the areas I didn’t share is materials that allow me to see God’s laws and goodness confirmed outside of the church.

6 Mar. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

Social Media and the Church -- Where to Begin?

Church Development shares where to begin with social media in your church.

Social media is a growing area of concern for churches. Maybe it’s that the older generations are finally on Facebook, or that younger generations seem glued to digital screens (smartphones, computers, tablets), but you don’t need to be an expert to see that the internet has even shaped how people relate to church.

However, many churches—especially older denominational churches—have no idea as where to begin. (I get that you’re reading this online, but if you’ve got a church staff that doesn’t know how to start, print this out for them. More likely though, your church staff is online, they just have no idea as to how to improve their internet presence.) As this is such a large topic—one that I’ll delve into in far greater detail in the future—I prefer to start with a qualifier question for the largely internet illiterate: