Local Church Websites and Social Media Prescence

Local Church Websites and Social Media Prescence


Social Media Resources

Best Practices Sheet (pdf)
Face Your Facebook Fears: Getting Started on Facebook (pdf)
Best Practices, Tools, and Tricks for Social Media
Social Media and Youth Ministry
Become a Social Media Influencer: Get Followers and Get Noticed

An older useful resource is the book "Reaching Out in a Networked World: Expressing Your Congregation's Heart and Soul" by Lynne M. Baab (The Alban Institute). Lynne has also written a handy guide to basic website design "Websites that Work", which you can view here or download as a .pdf here.

Let's begin by pointing you towards a few free or less expensive web hosting services with relatively easy "WYSIWYG" ("What You See Is What You Get") editors. These content management systems can be maintained by users with little or no web experience and require no special software - only a web browser. Here's a short list:

The all-in-one church website provider, Aboundant.com, is now offering all UCC Churches a 30% discount off their first year of Aboundant Premium, a $140 savings! In less than an hour, and with little technical know-how, you can have your new or improved site on-line. Aboundant comes with a 14-day free trial, no credit cards required. Learn more at http://aboundant.com/ucc.

Connected Word - http://www.connectedword.com (Designers of over 40 UCC churches)
http://ministrywebsitedesigns.com (enter coupon code UCC6MF for 6 months free!)
http://www.churchonline.net (enter coupon code UCC25OFF for 25% off your order!)


UCC graphics for downloading.

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Contact Info

Daniel Hazard
Online Communications Manager
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115