3 Traits To Look For in A Christian Website Designer

Christian Web Design

Churches, non-profits and Christian business owners deserve a website design partner who shares their faith.  How can you evaluate the right provider?

3 Traits To Look For In A Christian Web Designer

When seeking a partner for your website project we recommend the following three traits to help aid in that selection process:

  1. An authentic love of Jesus
  2. A transparent process
  3. Examples of tools and work

Christian Website Design: An Authentic Love of Jesus

When seeking a Christian Web designer, the first criteria we recommend evaluating is the evidence of their faith.

As James puts it in James 2:18 (NLT):

Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”

Or as John puts it in: John 15:4 (NLT):

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

Website design is a competitive marketplace. There can be pressure to find a “niche.” There are many companies who recognize that churches, non-profit organizations and business owners need dedicated website support, and that they have a budget for this service. 

The pure economics of supply and demand create a viable niche marketplace for website design companies to provide these services.  And empathetic sales methodologies can tempt individuals to position themselves as “Christian,” even when they’re not.

Ironically it takes faith, to determine if you trust the faith of your website provider.

In our experience here are a few ways you can determine a company’s faith in action:

  • Can God’s word be found on their website?
  • Do they offer to pray for you?
  • How do they respond when you offer to pray for them?
  • If you required evidence of their giving behaviors would they provide it?
  • Can they provide viable referrals from existing clients, clergy/pastoral staff and etc.?

This isn’t a full list, but it might help provide some tools as you evaluate working with a Christian web designer.

Christian Website Design: A Transparent Process

God’s desire is that we live in the light, and in fellowship with him (1 John 1:6 NLT):

So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.

And while this verse specifically addresses spiritual elements, and the relationship between a life of fellowship with God versus a life of lies and separation, it is also a great blueprint for businesses to model.

Light and transparency are synonymous with fellowship and truth. 

At a minimum we recommend transparency in the following areas:

  • Clear steps – do you know where you are in the process and what is next?
  • The cost of doing business – is it clear where the costs are, and the work that is being done?
  • A clear project plan with up-front work commitments,
  • Consistent communication – can you contact the designer? schedule a video call? get a timely response?

This doesn’t mean perfection.  It just means that there’s nothing hidden.

Running a Christian Website Design business and openly declaring this, places a spiritual target squarely on the back of this person. 

You as the church, the Christian nonprofit or Christian business are waging a spiritual war.  The Christian web designer is similarly doing this too. They are using their God-given gifts to advance God’s kingdom, and to partner with those who have been called to use their own gifts, and live on mission.

We highly recommend that prayer is a  transparent part of the process. 

Christian Website Design: Examples of Tools and Work

When Paul traveled to spread the message of the Gospel to the church in Corinth, he took great care to clearly communicate his desire to use his own resources as provision. We know from Paul’s letters that he was largely self-sufficient and that he worked his trade while traveling (not wanting to be a financial burden to the church).

Christian web design is a skilled trade.  It requires training, skills, tools and hard work.

Like Paul, the hope is to provide a trade that is needed in the community, so that the Gospel can be advanced.

And like Paul, there is an opportunity for discipleship to occur. There are Timothy’s to be discipled.

You’re looking for evidence of skilled work and we recommend searching for the following:

  •  Are platforms and tools listed as part of the process? If the designer is using WordPress is that clear?
  • When plug-ins are being used is it clear why they are needed, and how to use them?
  • Are there live website examples available?
  • Does the website work on all device types and function correctly?
  • Does the designers own website function correctly?
  • Will the company offer training? Ongoing support?

We know there are a number of other important criteria, and that’s why we want to hear from you. . what is important to you?

 

 

 

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