We saw a need and built a solution. In 2015, our founder realized that there was a need for a system that is easy to use and doesn’t force you to know a lot about design. A few months later the first version of The Church Co Platform was launched. Starting completely from scratch we looked at the simple question of “What do churches need online?”. We boiled this down to four things. Pages, Blogs, Events, Podcasts.
We’ve seen so many websites that have events that are outdated by years still sitting on the homepage so we said: “What if the event automatically removed themselves?”. This is how we have built our event system. The next question was “Why is it so hard to get podcasts into iTunes?”. We simplified the process so that through our system you can have as many separate iTunes feeds as you need. Maybe one for youth, young adults, creative and Sunday sermons. The possibilities are endless. We wanted to give people the ability to build out custom landing pages so we created a system that allows you to customize pages by adding new sections. You never have to worry about if it is going to look go or not, you just write the content, enter your service times, add your locations and hit publish. We take care of the rest.
We want to be fair. We decided early on that we want to offer a fair cost. Since our system allows you to enter all of your content we didn’t think it fair to charge a large signup fee. Instead, we opted for a monthly fee that very closely ties to our overhead. As of the date of writing this article our system has been completely free for almost a year and a half. We are looking to start paid plans sometime in 2017 but as of now we are 100% free to use and will contact our users when we finally launch payments.
We consider this our ministry. This is what is in our hands. Many people can write songs and preach amazing messages and serve on different teams. Our strength is building websites and we want to use that to help others reach people. We feel that your website is the first interaction that your church or ministry has with a new person. What is it saying? Is it mobile-friendly or is it out of date. Does that make a new person think your church might also be out of date? These are the questions we want to solve and it is our mission to ensure that churches look online exactly how they are in person.
Through his experience working at Hillsong Church in Sydney and with other not for profit organizations and charities our founder developed a passion for helping organizations reach people. He wants to provide a system that anyone can use to create beautiful websites. His goal is to produce a set of tools that can be used to further their work. That is what we have set out to do at The Church Co.
How it works
Sign up by creating a username. This is typically the name of your church or organization. Our platform will automatically create you a site that you can log in and start editing immediately. When you are happy with how your site looks, you can launch it on your own custom domain.
This is our story. We pray that you find our service useful and if you ever have questions about anything please contact us. We are always available to our users and want to help you succeed.