I visited a church website this morning (the day after Thanksgiving, 2007).
The church was announcing the start up of an evangelism group.
I like the idea — a group of people gathering regularly to encourage each other to do evangelism.
This is an idea that I suggest to help develop evangelism training lab-time in your congregation.
Get a group of people together to meet and discuss their evangelism encounters during that week.
The church website hides information
Wanting more information about this group, I checked the website.
- I looked for a contact us page or form (see my contact page).
- I looked for a contact email for the group leader.
- I looked for a contact us email.
There was no way of contacting the church via email through their website.
All I found was a phone number, but who wants to call the church the morning after Thanksgiving?
Will I remember to revisit the site on Monday?
Closed Doors Keep People Out
To help prevent visitors from getting frustrated about your website, install a contact us form, or use a email generator to create a link to send an email.
There are several ones out there.
It takes a little html knowledge, but still gets your email address out there.
I know this isn’t evangelism as I define it, but helping people make contact with your church can facilitate the process of evangelism.
Let me ask you this?
If a visitor came to your website, could they contact you via email or a webform?
Do a quick check.
Make sure that email goes to a live person who can respond within 24 hours, not 4 days, as I tell in my experience here (See point #1).