Especially for churches: bright ideas in web design
Stats Canada reports that by 2009 81% of Ontarians were online. That was six years ago! And within a matter of years, internet use among seniors expanded massively. And in rural parts of southern Ontario, residents are increasingly likely to be online. What all this means is that even if you are ministering to a multi-point rural parish, having an online presence is important!
In some ways, a website is uniquely useful to those facing the challenges and opportunities that multi-point parishes present. Here are a few thoughts to consider:
- A website is an effective way to reach out to new residents and seasonal visitors to the area. These folks may have difficulty determining where and when services are held, but you can ensure that this information is available to them at the click of a mouse (or the tap of a screen!)
- A website can provide a cohesive connection point for parishioners who are geographically spread apart.
- A website can be a tool for organization and communication for leaders that face challenging demands on their time and energy.
- The creation of a website can be an opportunity to bring people together to work on a shared project, and to invite community-building dialogue.