I was Googling for inspiration the other day and came upon some well-done ministry web sites. If there’s one thing a modern-day minister knows it’s how to reach out to his flock. And what better way then the Internet? A solid web presence, lots of social media interaction, books, tapes, DVDs, all these are what each of these sites has in common, along with some nice design work. Enjoy.
This is an excellent example of a well-designed and well-thought out ministry web site. Swindoll offers his donors a calendar, there are tons of videos, daily devotionals, and lots more. There is a content-rich footer and another area above the footer for testimonials. This is a large site with many pages, and the top navigation bar organizes it all so you can quickly locate what you’re after. It’s a shame the site is running on Convio CMS, which hasn’t gotten many good reviews from what I’ve read. I couldn’t find any information on the design team.
Like a lot of ministries featured in this article, Jack Hayford has a lot of irons in the fire. Books, DVDs, etc. He’s got several menus stationed strategically throughout the page, top, middle and “fat footer.” You won’t miss a thing. The feature I really like in this site is the “mini slider” that contains links to his Featured Resources, Articles, and Store.
I cannot determine what CMS this site is using nor the design team.
This is a very visually stimulating site, well organized, with large blocks of information and great visual cues. Subtle nomenclature (action verb navigation links, Watch, Read, Listen, Learn) pulls you into the site as a participant, not just a reader. Again, I cannot determine what CMS it is using or who the design team is (but great job, guys and gals!).
I love the way the Facebook and Twitter panels are styled alike. I also like the layout of the Upcoming Events table, but I’d love that to be further up on the page, not buried in the footer or sub footer.
There is a lot of information on the front page, and the site design stops just short of being busy. Visual cues keep it from this transgression. Again, this is a busy ministry and there is a lot going on here. The designer did not leave to chance whether or not a site visitor would be able to find what they are looking for.
Controversy surrounding Dr. Mark Driscoll notwithstanding (I won’t link to any of it here; that’s what Google is for), the site is very masculine and is extremely visual and well-organized. The copy is casual, almost wry at times (“Pastor Mark Driscoll is a Jesus-following, mission-leading, church-serving, people-loving, Bible-preaching pastor. He’s grateful to be a nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody.“). I love the clean layout and design of the donation page. The site is based on WordPress and is using a custmized version of the Exodus Theme.
This is a very clean and well organized site. It doesn’t have as much “going on” as some of the other feature sites, but what is there is very easy to find, and laid out in a grid pattern. I especially like the typography and the amount of white space. But the sidebar content is not consistent throughout, and I believe the Donate widget should be on every sidebar, but that’s just me. The site is powered by Joomla!.
I absolutely love the muted hues of this site’s design. Dr. Sproul has a lot going on, as do most of the other ministry sites, but it is elegantly delivered here. I love the middle mini-slider panel of Daily Resources and the Events and Book selections. The site appears to be running via Amazon Web Services. I cannot determine who the design team is.
8. Robb Bell
Another highly controversial minister, and you can expect no less from his web site. The site is hosted at WordPress.com and is running the Bindery theme. Easy to navigate and not too hard on the eye. This site doesn’t have as many aspects as some of the other featured sites, Simply About, Books, Podcasts, Events, Films, and social media icons at the top, but navigate away from the front page and you are lost. Is this a theme shortcoming? But you have to admit, it is a refreshing change from the busy-ness of most other sites.
9. Skip Heitzig
I love the clean lines and color palette (red and light gray) of this site. Everything is well organized and I especially like the action buttons underneath Today’s Teachings and Latest Broadcast. This is an ASP-based site and I cannot determine what CMS (if any) it is running or who the design team is. But they did a great job laying out all the information this minister has to offer.
No web site showcase would be complete without a little horn-tooting, now would it? Prophecy & Promises is the web site of Reverend Dwayne Byerly of Nashville, Tennessee. Dwayne approached us to redesign his ministry web site last year. We had already worked with Dwayne on his father-in-law’s web site (Legendary songwriter Joe Melson). Dwayne was keen to freshen the site and make it easier to add content. At the time of the redesign, Dwayne had straight HTML pages and the site was using Blogger for blog posts. We managed to port the entire site to WordPress, freshen the design using a customized Genesis theme.