More than 88 per cent of editors would recommend the site to another church, the Church Near You recent editor survey shows, but how can you get the most from the site? Here are five things that are easy to forget, but will help maximise your reach on A Church Near You.
Just like in your church itself, the welcome on you’re A Church Near You page is the first contact a visitor will have with your church – and it can either make them want to go in further or turn away and leave. On our recent editor survey, a number of ACNY editors told us that visitors to their services or events have commented that the welcome on their ACNY page encouraged them to come along. One said: “We have a comment in our visitor book that says they visited our church purely because of the warm welcome felt on ACNY.”
Remember, you might be talking to someone who has never stepped foot in a church before. How can you make them feel as though your church might be somewhere they would feel comfortable? You could give visitors an idea of who goes to your church, so they know whether they’d fit in. Could you explain what happens when you meet on a Sunday, or what events or services are available throughout the week? Are you a quiet, reflective group? Is there a worship band or lots of activities for children?
Your building might be a tourist attraction or have an interesting story about when or why it was built. Visitors might be interested in hearing stories about the bricks or the architect, but make sure you start with information about your church community today. It might be better to give information about your building on a Page rather than in your welcome message. Find out how to add a Page here.
There ar four more tips:
2. Find out how to add your gallery here.
3. Find out how to add a cover picture here.
4. Getting here: it is also vital that churches fill in the ‘Features and facilities’ tags
5. Use your ACNY page as your church website - this i a great new feature. Find out how to do the custom domain set-up here.
If your church has not yet claimed their A Church Near You page, find out how to become an editor here.
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