If you are interested in creating a Christian website there are a few questions that you must ask in the very beginning.
- What is the mission of my website?
- What type of Christian audience do I want to connect with?
- What is the “one thing” that I aim to accomplish?
- Is the site intended to support itself financially?
- How can I present myself in a way that will honor Christ?
What is the Mission of My Website?
Many Christian website do not make it past the starting gate. The reason for their failure is simply, a lack of “Mission.”
For any website to be successful you will need to have a mission and a mission statement.
When I first started my website back in 2008 it began as a very generic site that was trying to imitate other successful website. The problem with that approach is that it simply does not work.
When the Lord created us, He created a unique personality. King David wrote in his psalms, “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.” Psalms 139:14
A Basic Step in Developing a Strong Website: Be Original
One of the worst things that any Christian website creator can do when starting their website is to copy or imitate another website theme or design. You will go nowhere with this type of strategy.
In 2009 there were 234 million websites– This was the number of websites as of December 2009! That is an overwhelming number of websites!
Some say that there were as many as 50 million websites added in 2009 alone! It is really hard to know the actual number of sites due to the flux of websites that don’t even make it through a single month. Many of these website were imitators and sites that pirated other websites.
So, the very first step is to ask a simple question. “What do I want to do with my website?” That is a foundational question. You can start by asking a few basic questions. Do you like to:
- Teach a lesson.
- Share scriptural studies.
- Help families grow stronger.
- Encourage single moms.
- Encourage single dads.
- Work with preschoolers.
- Work with middle school children.
- Work with high school students.
- Work with those in college.
- Help grandparents that are raising their grandchildren.
- Teach others how to manage money.
- Share biographies of Christian leaders.
- Help people in sharing their faith.
- Encourage Christian business owners.
- Work in the area of the arts.
My website evolved from being a generic site into a site focusing on a main purpose. My purpose now is on “Christian teamwork.” The process of making this decision took about a year. It may sound simple to create your focus and goals for your website but it does take time for most bloggers. When I first started my site I was running all over the internet with a different idea on a different theme every day. It was confusing and frustrating. Then, it came to me! The subject that I liked talking the most about dealt with “how do you get people to work together, like a team.” When I came to this point, not only did it tighten up my website, it also simplified my website name to a phrase that is used all over my site. LIKE A TEAM!
When you come to the point of realizing who you are, what you are interested in and what you are gifted to write about, this will be the driving force behind your website.
The first step in the creation of a healthy website or blog is very simple. There is no one else like you. The Lord had a unique personality in mind when he created you. A strong foundation for your website begins with who you are. Be yourself!
If you have any ideas or suggestions for website or blog design I would really like to hear from you.
If you have a site that you are working on I would like to see what you are doing.