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Weekly Webinar: Overview of Parish Websites

As we kick off the new professional development opportunity for parish staff and volunteers who are tasked with projects supported by the Office of Communications, we began our “Weekly Webinar” series with a healthy overview of the parish website project!

Please find a recording of the webinar below. Following the video you’ll find a link to download supporting materials and a quick synopsis of our training content and the Q&A following our 30 minute presentation.

What’s included in this training video:

  • Bishop McKnight’s vision for parish presence in the “digital world”
  • That parish websites, as the first step into this digital world, are beautiful, functional, engaging for the faithful and surrounding communities, and easy to manage by parish staff
  • That we approach this project with strategy, training, and long-term support for success at every parish
  • A quick “tour” of one parish website using the template developed by the diocese in partnership with Blackbaud, and an overview of the key advantages for parishes to enter into this hosting plan
  • Next steps on enrolling your parish in the parish website project (the Memorandum of Understanding referenced in the video is available below for download today!)

Questions addressed:

  • What are best practices for image sizes across the websites (how can images best display)?
  • Why should parishes who trend upward in age (more older parishioners than younger parishioners) or parishes in areas with low internet speeds invest in a parish website?

Resources for you:

Five examples of parish websites who have launched in this project and are successfully using the tools provided to them to manage their sites well:

  • Cathedral of St. Joseph, Jefferson City: cathedral.diojeffcity.org
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Eldon: sacredhearteldon.diojeffcity.org
  • St. Mary Catholic Church, Shelbina: stmaryshelbina.diojeffcity.org (launched this month! 🎉)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Columbia: ourladyoflourdes.diojeffcity.org (launched this month! 🎉)
  • Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Ozark: ourladylake.diojeffcity.org