What thoughts come to mind when you hear the phrase “church website maintenance”?
Church website maintenance is time-consuming
If you’re a busy leader in a small church, you may be thinking something like, “I don’t have time to maintain the website.”
Yep, I get that!
And, with so many other demands heaped upon your shoulders, it can be easy to prioritize church website maintenance behind them all.
Easier still is considering it a “non-essential”, and putting it off altogether.
We see the evidence of that kind of thinking strewn all over the Web in the form of abandoned church websites.
Poor church websites do little to help meet the needs of the people who visit them.
Dying, dead, or poorly constructed church websites also fail to bring glory to a creative God (which is the ultimate goal of all that the believer does) (1 Corinthians 10:31). Oswald Chambers comments on this verse in His Utmost for His Highest,
Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow aspects of life are not ordained by God . . .Even the shallow things of life, such as eating and drinking, walking and talking, are ordained by God. These are all things our Lord did.
The shallow things of life are those things which lack depth, or that are considered “superficial”. When compared to spiritual things or the things of God, building and maintaining a church website is a “shallow” thing in our modern lives.
Yet, it is ordained by God.
Did Jesus make websites? No, but that’s not the point. What He did do is honor God in everything that He did.
Since a disciple is not above his teacher (Matthew 10:24), believers are called to do the same.
If you’ve invested time (and money) in building a website for your local church, and if you’re aiming to effectively use it to help you accomplish some or all of your ministry goals online, then investing time and money in church website maintenance is not an option.
Church website maintenance is vital
This is worth saying again: if you’re aiming to effectively use your church website to help you accomplish some or all of your ministry goals online, investing time and money in church website maintenance is not an option.
Keeping software, add-ons, and plugins updated, researching, implementing, and monitoring security features, and regularly writing, editing, formatting, proofreading, and publishing new content just scratches the surface of all that church website maintenance involves.
Yes, these things are necessary. And, yes, they are incredibly time-consuming.
But, the good news is these tasks and more can all be delegated and accomplished, with minimal expense, through outsourcing.
Church website maintenance made easy
Now, you might be thinking, “Hmm, outsourcing? That’s not for churches.”
I can’t imagine why not! In fact, if you have a church website you’re probably already outsourcing church website tasks.
Guess what? You’re outsourcing.
Outsourcing is simply contracting out a business process to another party.
Many churches have already realized the benefits of outsourcing such administrative processes as payroll, bookkeeping, accounting, and legal services.
Leaving these tasks in the hands of experts is a no-brainer.
But, have you considered that trying to figure out how to design graphics, edit and produce videos, or design and build landing pages for church events is a HUGE waste of time if you don’t know what you’re doing?
Why not contract people who DO know what they’re doing?
They’ll get the job done right the first time, and you’ll be able to spend your time accomplishing the core ministry work the Lord’s entrusted to you.
25 church website maintenance tasks perfect for outsourcing
You’d be amazed at how many website maintenance tasks can be outsourced!
While this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are 25 website tasks you can outsource immediately to lighten your workload, as well as that of staff and/or volunteers:
- Designing banners, icons, and headers
- Designing landing pages for special events
- Editing and producing video
- Editing audio
- Updating content management software
- Installing, configuring, and updating add-ons, plugins, and themes
- Monitoring website security
- Customizing or “refreshing” themes
- Integrating your website with social media accounts
- Calendar management
- Updating website content
- Sitemap submissions
- Basic graphics editing
- Podcast setup
- Transcribing audio
- Online research
- Adding media to web pages
- Adding new web pages
- Writing, proofreading, and editing website content
- PDF conversion
- Forms creation
- Keyword research for church blog content
- Creating backlinks and linkbuilding
- Monitoring Google Analytics
- Troubleshooting and fixing website errors
The bottom line
No matter the size of your church or what church website solution you’re using, outsourcing is a low-cost option for getting the expert help you need to keep your website updated and properly maintained.
What would outsourcing church website maintenance tasks help you free up time to do?