During this season of ministry, staying connected to our members and finding out their needs has been both difficult and critical. Online options for everything from giving to streaming our services has not just been “nice to have”, but more “have to have”.
Most churches have a website, but many do not have any way of finding out who is visiting your page. Website Forms can be very helpful in gathering information that people submit on your site. Here are some ways you can use forms on your site.
Online Connection Card
This would be the digital equivalent of what is in your bulletin or seat/pew pockets in your auditorium. Some churches have even used QR code’s to take guests right to this form.
Online Prayer Request Form
Gather prayer requests from your members. We have had many people beyond our church family take advantage of this as well.
Other Calls to Action
For example, offer parental resources on your children’s and student ministry page in exchange for an email address and name. Then you can follow up with a response and begin a conversation.
Use Email Templates for Follow Up
I wrote a general “thank you” email message that I could easily personalize to send to people when they submitted each kind of form. This saved me from having to rethink what to say with every submission.
As a result of using these kinds of forms on our site we’ve been able to share the Gospel with the lost, pray with people on the phone, and even assimilate new people into our church family during this time.
You can use the following tools to embed forms on your site:
- Check with whatever church management software you use. Often these types of software have this capability.
What are some other ways to connect with people through your website that has worked for your church?
Questions? Contact me and I’d love to help. https://benjennings.org/about/