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Are there any good web builder sites for me to build a church website?

Question by John B: Are there any good web builder sites for me to build a church website?
I’m looking to build a cool, simple website for my church but I would need it be very easy.

Best answer:

Answer by David G
You need a web host prviding easy-to-use site builder.

As an experienced webmaster I recommend BlueHost service which I’m sure it would work for you and fulfill all your requirements. They have a really great offer for hosting & I have used them for over 3 yrs now, and have never had a single problem with them.

They offer a Full-featured service only $ 6.95 a month. You can see their Plan Details accompanied with reliable reviews regarding their service at:
http://www.threehosts.com/reviews/1st

Here I have copied and pasted its features from their website to view:

– Free Domain Forever
– Unlimited Space
– Unlimited Transfer
– Host UNLIMITED Domains (Support All Domain Names)
– 2,500 POP/Imap Email Accounts
– SSH (Secure Shell), SSL, FTP, Stats
– CGI, Ruby (RoR), Perl, PHP, MySQL
– 2000/2002 Front Page Extensions
– Free Site Builder
– 24/7 Superb/Responsive Sales/Support
– Free Search Engine Submission

They also offer “Free Site Builder” that helps you build your web pages without difficulty if you are not skilled in using any website creating program. (WYSIWYG: What You See Is What You Get)

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* This service was awarded “The Best Web Host OF 2008”.
* If you sign up for this service you will have $ 100 credits to advertise your website with the google & yahoo search engines for free!
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Good Luck!

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How to Choose a Church Website Builder or Church Website Designer?

How to Choose a Church Website Builder or Church Website Designer?

Every Church website builder has their own set of features, but I’ve found that many are charging an exorbitant amount or they offer such a cheap website that there is no functionality.  There are several guidelines that every person researching a church website builder needs to consider.

Their portfolio is an good indication of what kind of work they do.  For example: www.camnio.com/portfolio.html . Portfolios should show a variety of workmanship and features. Watch out for those portfolios that include lots of costly “extras”. Make sure that the standard features of a website are clearly marked somewhere on the site. Portfolios should also be changing frequently, possibly every three months or so, so look to see if there has been change in the site recently. Portfolios are the signature of any good website company. Make sure that each website has a signature look for the church that is being represented. If each site is a “cookie-cutter” site, then you will know that yours will look like everybody else’s.

Another indicator that the company may charge a bit more than you’re wanting is when they ask you to contact them for prices.  If there are no sample prices, chances are that they are going to charge more. Like I mentioned above, there should be a standard set price for a set number of features that they offer. Only a few sites include every feature in each site for the same price. CAMNIO media is one of those companies. Many companies will have pricing tiers, which start from a base price with limited features, and travel up in price depending on what you need in your site. Remember to shop around as some places give you everything they offer for one low price. The tiered concept is that the top tier is the most expensive. Sites with tiers or itemized website building usually tend to be much more expensive.

Functionality is a key thing that you should look out for.  Will it be able to show new visitors how to find your church?  Or better yet, will they have a fair shot of really knowing what your church is all about without having to think about dysfunctional web design.  Remember your church website is meant for your visitors too. Sites usually can have all of the bells and whistles to catch peoples eyes without being complicated or frustrating to use. Sites should be user-friendly and also always changing. If a site cannot be easily changed, then its attraction is greatly hindered. People only visit sites that stay current and fresh. Functionality is needed from every angle. Make sure that you are not spending money for a site that is too complicated to update. If you have to learn a new language to update your site, you will always be on a definite learning curve. If you know English, then your site should be programmed in English! Make sure that you get a site that has multiple user possibilities. Ask yourself these questions: Are different users able to update this?  Meaning, can the youth pastor add his events, while the Senior Fellowship adds their events. “Is this site useable from the oldest to the youngest?”

But what about functionality for an existing church member?  When your church members want to come and use the site to catch up on church events and important ministry information, the calendar and announcements modules comes in very handy.  You want to provide functionality for each person that will visit your site. Look for sites that offer separate logins for members versus new attendees. There might be pertinent information that the members of your church need but you might not want the new visitors to be apart of. Make sure that the site offers functionality that serves the purpose of your church and your ministry events.

A website really should be a “living” website.  Meaning that people within the church are involved with updating the website and keeping it fresh and new.  Once pictures become out of date, or announcements are no longer relevant, people are not going to want to come back to your site for more info.  In fact, it is more of a deterrent. The key, again, is for the site itself to be easily updateable. You don’t want to have to fight with your site each time you want to make updates. The easier it is to update, the more relevant and alive your site will become. And remember, a living website is more likely to grow in popularity than a stagnant dead one.

Lastly, you should go with a company that has great customer service. You don’t want to be caught in a situation where you are in a crisis and the company is too busy or too impersonal to help you. Make sure that the company really does have your interest at heart. Talk to them on the phone for a few minutes and get a feel for the vision and mission of that company. If money is their motivator, you are just a dollar sign that has little value. If their focus is ministry, then their service will be more personal for the sake of the gospel. You will have a better relationship with a ministry driven, gospel minded company than one that is only business oriented. When you are in the process of designing and as you learn how to take care of your website, this friendly helpful service will be of great benefit to you.

When you combine all of the portions of this article and put them together, you should have a comprehensive take on what to look for in a website company.

CAMNIO Media provides web design and graphic design services for Churches, Non-Profits and small businesses. Our mission is to provide powerful, flexible and affordable websites to help small organizations and companies fulfill their mission. We develop powerful websites driven by Content Management Systems. We refer to our websites as living websites because it is easy to update the content

Jesus the Foundation of and the Builder of the Church

Jesus the Foundation of and the Builder of the Church

Lest the reader be misled by the title reading into it what is not there the church that is being talked about in this article may not be the one you are a member of so proceed if at all with caution having been forewarned.  You can judge for yourself after reading.  I begin with Jesus as the foundation of the church.

After Jesus’ arrest he was brought before the Jewish council where he was asked, “‘Are you then the Son of God?’  And he said to them, ‘You rightly say that I am.'” (Luke 22:70 NKJV)  This fact, earlier confessed by Peter in Matt. 16 when he said, “you are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” (Matt. 16:16 NKJV) is the rock Jesus built the church on (Matt. 16:18 NKJV) Catholic doctrine to the contrary notwithstanding.  No one can enter the church built by Jesus who does not believe this foundational doctrine of the Christian faith.    

Jesus is described by Peter as a living stone rejected by men but chosen by God and precious (1 Peter 2:4).  He goes on a couple of verses later to say, “it is also contained in the Scripture, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on him will by no means be put to shame.'” (1 Peter 2:6 NKJV)  The chief cornerstone (a rock) is obviously a reference to a man?  I ask the reader to decide for himself whether this man Peter is describing (that if a man believes on him he will not be put to shame) is meant by Peter to be a reference to himself or to Jesus?  The church cannot be built on both Jesus and Peter at the same time.  Both cannot be that rock upon which the church is built.  Who did Peter consider to be the chief cornerstone?

But let us compare 1 Peter 2:6 just quoted above with Isaiah 28:16 where God had said hundreds of years before Peter’s time, “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily.” (NKJV)  The stone God laid was Christ, not Peter.  I am satisfied this Old Testament passage is the passage Peter had reference to in 1 Peter 2:6 when he said “it is also contained in the Scripture.”  But what does it mean when the text says “whoever believes will not act hastily”?  Have you ever stood on a chair or ladder, a rock or ledge that did not feel secure under your feet?  We all have.  What did you do when it felt shaky?  You acted hastily to remove yourself lest you fall.  The idea that both Isaiah and Peter present is that the rock God laid in Christ is so solid and so secure under the feet of the true believer that there is no insecurity.  The rock you stand on when you stand on Christ is solid and secure, safe and reliable, and will not fail you.

Very early in the history of the church when Peter and John were taken into custody (a consequence of their teaching at the temple) and were placed before the Jewish rulers, elders, and scribes, as well as the high priest and as many as were of his family, Peter testified of Jesus saying, “This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’  Nor is there salvation in any other.” (Acts 4:11-12 NKJV)  In verse 10 Peter names Jesus as being the one of whom he speaks.

Paul said of Jesus, “No other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 3:11 NKJV)  The foundation of the faith, of the church, the spiritual body of Christ, is Jesus – Jesus not as a man per se but as the Son of God.  In writing to the Ephesian brethren Paul says they were members of the household of God (Eph. 2:19) “having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone.” (Eph. 2:20 NKJV)  One has his choice – he can either believe the Catholic Church in what it teaches as Peter being the rock upon which the church is built or he can believe the Bible which makes it plain that Jesus is that rock.  What is impossible is to make a claim to believe both since they directly contradict one another.   

Yes, Peter is a stone in the church but so is every other Christian.  Peter tells us so.  “You also, (he says speaking to Christians – DS) as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5 NKJV)  The church is the spiritual body of Christ, a spiritual building being built up.  The church is Christ’s body – “his body, which is the church” (Col. 1:24 NKJV – see also Eph. 1:22-23 and Col. 1:18).  “He is the Savior of the body.” (Eph. 5:23 NKJV)  This is the body which he sanctified and cleansed “with the washing of water by the word” (Eph. 5:26 NKJV), a reference to baptism all denominations to the contrary notwithstanding, in order that “he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.” (Eph. 5:27 NKJV)

Paul calls the church “God’s building” (1 Cor. 3:9 NKJV) and says he laid the foundation to that building.  He did so by preaching Christ and him crucified.  “We preach Christ crucified, to the Jews stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Cor. 1:22-23 NKJV)  If a man is going to be laid as a living stone into this spiritual building called the church which Jesus has built and continues to build by adding new stones onto it then he must be laid on top of this foundational rock that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, who came into the world as the lamb of God to give his life as a sacrifice for all of mankind’s sins in order to bring salvation to all who will but believe and obey the gospel message.

What kind of building is the church?  Paul describes it as “the temple of God” (1 Cor. 3:16 NKJV) and says that the Spirit of God dwells in it (1 Cor. 3:16) and says it is “holy” (1 Cor. 3:17 NKJV).  In Ephesians he describes it thus, “the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.” (Eph. 2:21-22 NKJV)

Paul makes a statement in connection with the church being God’s temple that ought to frighten all those who think they are free to tinker around with doctrine and practice in the church.  He says, “If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him.”  (1 Cor. 3:17 NKJV)  He says it is holy.  One has to remember who built the church.  Jesus said, “I will build my church.” (Matt. 16:18 NKJV)  He did this by his sacrifice on the cross making the church possible and then through the medium of the Holy Spirit in the Spirit’s teaching the word (the gospel) through the apostles and New Testament prophets.  Later the work of building continued as it does today not by means of inspired men still living but of inspiration completed and placed in the book we call the New Testament.  The Holy Spirit continues the work of preaching the gospel and building the church every time the word is read or accurately conveyed in teaching and preaching. 

The church was built by men and women and boys and girls of accountable age (old enough to be responsible) hearing, believing, and obeying from the heart the gospel of Christ.  Every time such an individual obeyed the gospel another living stone was added to the building of the church and such building continues today and will until the end of time.  Shortly after Pentecost the Bible says, “The Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47 NKJV)  Now note who was adding to the church?  It was the Lord; the Lord built the church and continues to build it yet today in the manner just previously described.

But I want to go back to something mentioned earlier that needs more emphasis.  I speak specifically of the great danger inherit in defiling the church, the temple of God, of which Paul says that the one who does so God will destroy (1 Cor. 3:17).  God (Jesus) built the first century New Testament church.  Do we think we can do better than he did?  Men are trying continually to change the church from what it was in the first century and modernize it.  Do you really think that is wise?  How do you know as a mere man that the changes that seem good and right to you are fine with God?  Jesus is a perfect builder.  Can you do better than he did without defiling the church?  Remember the penalty for being mistaken is not a slap on the wrist but destruction.

We might respond and say well I have read the New Testament and I know not all of the churches back then were what they ought to be.  The church at Corinth had all kinds of problems and then we can read about the 7 churches of Asia (Rev. 2 and 3) of which most had one thing or another wrong with them, etc.  Yes, that is right but we also see in our reading they were rebuked for their error as well and told what to do to get their house in order.  In other words we were given a blueprint for what the church ought to be.  Who among us really believes that any of those congregations could have continued in error forever without eternal consequences?  The rebuking was for the purpose of bringing about repentance and thus salvation.

Here is our problem today.  We are not going to get a letter to our church directly from the Lord or from an inspired apostle.  When we start deviating from the blueprint (New Testament teaching) deceiving ourselves that all is well in doing it there is not going to be a rebuke directly from inspiration other than from the New Testament itself.  If we are deviating from it (the teachings of the New Testament) we have already convinced ourselves it is okay and in one way or another have justified ourselves in doing so.  This makes it nearly