Good News Ministries,
the Catholic lay evangelization ministry that founded the Good
News Web Designers Association, is based on the principle that
"evangelization" is much more than inviting people to
become Christian. Evangelization means bringing people deeper
into their faith relationship with God and into service in their
church. Good News Ministries evangelizes the evangelizers by helping
people become more excited about their faith so that they spread
of evangelization can be -- and should be -- integrated into all
Let's use the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore as an example and as an idea-generator
for your own website: cathedralofmary.org. Besides the standard church
info (Mass schedules, an events calendar, list of staff, etc.),
the site includes pages and sections that were specifically designed
to evangelize, such as:
section on how to discern and get involved in ministry ("The
Master Needs You").
invitation to read the scriptures, especially in preparation for
such as the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross, with meditations
especially written to encourage spiritual growth.
and wallpaper that evangelize every time the person is at their
5. An invitation to join the church, which answers questions that the visitor might be already wondering about.
story of the parish's patron saint, especially written to inspire
people to learn from their example.
everyone's favorite, which gets the most feedback describing how
it truly evangelized the visitor, a "Virtual Tour" of
the church that is woven with scriptures, invitations to get involved
in the parish, inspirations to grow in holiness and go to Confession,
to pray, to turn their hearts over to Jesus more fully, and so
for Christian ministries and churches should not be primarily
self-promotional nor glorified bulletins. The mission of the Church
is to evangelize, and every Christian website should be built
with that priority in mind.
extent to which your website glorifies God indicates to the visitors
the extent to which you (or your church) glorify God.
all is said and done, when your life is over, will your webwork
be something you can take to heaven with you? It will, if you
have changed lives with it, if you have brought people closer
to God through it, if you have touched eternity in it.
what Pope John Paul II said about it!