When you first sign up for Church360° Unite, one of the default pages that you receive with a site layout template is a feed called "Sermons." Posting your sermons online is a great way to engage your visitors with the Gospel, and a Feed page is the best way to do that. However, Feeds can be used for more than just sermons.
- Announcements. Many churches display their weekly or monthly newsletter as a PDF on their website. This is great for printing, but many newsletters feature the same announcements for many consecutive months. Using feeds for your announcements means that the latest news will also show first.
- Prayer Requests. Use a feed to share prayer requests with the members of your church. This allows you to have one central location for your members to go for prayers request, with the most recent requests at the top. Remember to keep this page private and only post requests that those individuals want to be displayed on your site.
- Daily Devotions. Many churches share daily devotions through email with their members. Use a feed to post these devotions online for all people to enjoy, regardless of whether they are on your email list. If you are using devotions written by someone outside your church, remember to reference the devotion appropriately.
- Service Opportunities. Some churches will take requests for service opportunities from their members, like a yard that needs to be mowed or a leaky faucet that needs to be fixed. Use a feed to share these requests, and ask your members to post comments when they agree to take on that project.
- Bible Studies. Share completed Bible studies for members who may not be able to attend in person or post upcoming studies for those who want to read ahead. Allow comments so you members can answer questions or share their experiences.
- Confirmation Classes. Post the latest assignments and upcoming memory work on a feed. This gives students and parents a place to review when completing homework and gives older members a chance to review what they learned many years ago.
Remember that you can choose whether or not to allow comments on a feed, and if allowing comments, whether or not they need approval before they are displayed. While these preferences will depend on how you are using the feed, a good rule of thumb is require approval for all comments posted on public feeds.
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Peter Frank serves as Senior Marketing Manager of Church Supplies at Concordia Publishing House. A graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, his background in theology, business, and computers gives him a unique perspective on technology in the church. Married and the father of two children, he is frequently humbled when his 18-month-old shows him new things on the iPad.Follow on Twitter More Content by Peter Frank