What I Do
I design church websites. I’m pretty passionate about designing church websites using WordPress as a content management system so that a church, business, or nonprofit organization ends up with a website that is:
- Search engine optimized.
- Crafted to communicate what matters most.
- Beautiful in its presentation.
- Powerful in its reach into the community.
I also work with churches in other, related ways. I think through marketing strategies. I set up social media profiles and integrate them with other elements. I build brands and help people tell their stories well.
I’ve been designing for the web since 1998 and have helped dozens of churches, businesses, and individuals with their branding, design, and communication needs. I am a Pastor, Editor of Pastors.com, and Community Facilitator on the Communications Team of Saddleback Church, a role that afforded me the opportunity to train Saddleback’s staff in the effective use of social media as well as re-launching one of the world’s largest online communities of church leaders.
My Design Philosophy
I always attempt to balance aesthetics, content, and functionality. I advocate for the user and attempt to design everything with user interactions in mind. My role is to help you communicate your vital messages clearly and convincingly. I believe in the motto, “excellence in all things, and all things to the glory of God.”
MusicStrong is an organization that helps people with injuries and disabilities to recover by learning music and musical instruments. They needed a simple logo that would convey this basic mission.
I designed the Grace Hills Church website with meticulous care, not only for its appearance and aesthetics, but even more with concern to what the site would communicate about the church – its vision, its values, and its culture. And best of all, it consistently ranks #1 or near #1 in Google’s search results for terms such as “churches in northwest arkansas” and “rogers arkansas churches.”
What It Costs
I will offer a proposal based on the size, the scope, and the needs of your particular organization, but so that you have an idea, my fee usually follows this basic pattern…
It’s more than a logo. It’s the symbol that represents the story of your organization. Logo design projects usually take me one to two weeks and cost between $300 and $500, which results in a print-ready vector file and transparent versions for the web.
Basic Church Website
For a church website with ten to twenty pages of information, plus the capacity to post blogs, articles, events, a podcast, etc. the cost is usually between $1,500 and $2,500 and takes approximately three to four weeks to finish.
For more robust sites, such as a church website that will include extra features such as forum, membership, or social networking functions, the cost can range between $2,500 and $5,000 and the time to launch can be up to six weeks.
And for a large, multi-campus church with many, many pages and large amounts of existing content to transition over, integration with mobile apps and online giving, etc., the cost can range between $5,000 and $15,000.