A web site for Betel

23habitsToday I am building a web site for a Drug Rehab ministry based in Spain. Great ministry – hundreds of guys going through their program in Italy, England, and Spain. Their existing web site Betel.org doesn’t really show off the ministry as good as it should, and it is all in Spanish. The centers in England dont even have a site yet. Not too easy for people to donate to it either, especially if they dont speak Spanish.
betelbanner350 I’m excited about it, ever since Susan told me about it. I want to make some real MANLY images for these guys, to give them a sense of pride in the centers they are living and working. I will show you my work later in the day (maybe) – its a little messy in there right now.
betelbloga80 As far as web design goes, I am a big believer in INTEGRITY. A web site should reflect with integrity and honesty the ministry that it represents. Not necessarily better or worse, not what they want to be, but what they are.

A few weeks ago i went to a church north of London with a killer web site – rave graphics, kick-butt colors, wicked fonts, etc. But when i got there, the church was a surburban, middle class, charasmatic, cheesy praise singing church (which is OK in itself, of course) and not at all like the web site. I felt a little ripped off. If their web site had been more honest about who they were, then i would have still gone along to it, and i might have even returned.

So, to all you churches out there revamping your web sites . . I say . . . capture the heart of your ministry and reflect it with intregrity on the web – and the right people will be attracted to it. A web site is a window to your ministry, not a painting. If anything, exceed your ministry’s web site but dont lag behind it.

Andrew

Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name “Precious” :-)

4 Comments

  • Thanks for the comments about reflecting who you truly are as a ministry in your web site. I never looked at our website with that kind of eye, just made sure all the information was correct. I’ve emailed the link to this post to the guy who does our site.

  • that’s a really profound idea andrew – great recommendation – you should expand that idea and publish it in ‘print’ magazine or something – needs to be heard.

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