Improving Websites & External Communications

  • Improving Your Parish Website

A recent webinar offered by former Parish Development Ministry leader Joe Kormos

  • Toward Better Parish Websites

Recently we spoke to a priest from another Diocese. His statement was not really surprising but nonetheless interesting. “Most of our new people find us via our parish webpage or the web listing.” Here

  • More Suggestions for Improved Parish Websites

For vibrant parishes, an effective website can help attract visitors.We all know the importance of first impressions and for many visitors there first impression is formed before they walk through the door — by visiting your parish website. Here »

Parish Bulletins

Parish Health Faciliator Joseph Kormos offers suggestions on improving the content of parish bulletins and newsetters based on a review of a cross sections of parish communications efforts. Dec 2007

A professional attractive bulletin delivers – both to the parishioner and to the first time visitor — a sense that all in this parish is in good order. December 2007

Matushka Magdalena Berry, Theotokos “Unexpected Joy” Mission Ash Grove, MO

Photographing Your Parish

In various articles about parish websites we continually harp on the need to include photos –check that good photos — of your parish on the site to bring it alive.

But how to do that? Not every parish has access to a professional photographer. Can an untrained parishioner truly capture your parish and bring it to life? We asked professional photographer Matushka Ksenia Bruner of Eighth Day Photography to share some tips of the trade…

Before ever snapping the shutter, I think every person with a camera needs to ask themselves one question: “What is my goal with these photographs?” In my photography business, I am hired to tell a story. Generally, I am hired to tell the story of a wedding, but I also tell stories of ordinations, baptisms, liturgies, hierarchical visits, and any other event where the memories will be captured on disc. The end goal of great photographs is to tell the story of the event that is being captured. Read full article

Website Improvement Offers

Orthodox Web Solutions

Many parishes use web tools from Orthodox Web Solutions. We received lots of interest in our article on parish websites. (Here it is if you missed it.) 

A standard parish website costs $125 (choose from 12 basic design templates) plus $25 per month hosting costs. Custom sites are $725. If ten Midwest Diocese parishes begin a website with OWS the $125 start up fee is waived. Contact Joe Kormos if interested.

Rolla Creative

Our diocese and several of our parishes also use Rolla Creative, a web design and development company run by Fr. Joel Wilson of Annunciation Mission to help support their missionary endeavors. Learn more at »

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