Top 10 questions about a branch church or society web presence

  1. What simple web resources might be helpful for us and/or our community? 
  2. Should our branch have a Facebook, Twitter, and/or other social media page?
  3. Should our branch church have its own website?
  4. How could our Sunday School teachers use the web with students?
  5. How can we use the web when planning a lecture?
  6. How can we use the web in our Reading Room?
  7. How do we fully involve members who don't have or aren't comfortable with computers?
  8. Are there any activities that our branch church provides in person that we could share more broadly or do more effectively by listing or hosting them online in some way?
  9. How might individual members share Christian Science on the web?
  10. Are we having fun yet?

 1. What simple web resources might be helpful for us and/or our community?

Here are some examples:

  • Document sharing (like Google docs)
  • Targeted invitations to activities (like Evite)
  • Public invitations to activities (like Meetup)
  • Conference calling for events and preparation (like Skype)
  • Survey and newsletter technologies

Here are some questions to consider regarding the options above:

  • How much do the various options cost (if anything)?
  • How much time and effort might they "cost" to learn, use, and maintain effectively?
  • How much money and time will they save us (or not)?

2. Should our branch have a Facebook and/or other social media page?

Here are some questions to consider:

  • Who is our target audience - the public or members?
  • What variety of things would we post on our page? 
  • How often would we post?
  • Who or what team of people could do the posting?
  • How will we engage with people who come to our page?
Resources

Tips for using social media
The latest news about Facebook

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3. Should our branch church have its own website?

Here are some questions to consider:

  • What does our community need to know about us?
  • How can we keep the site fresh and engaging for our target audience?
  • How would we coordinate our website and social media activity (if we have both)?
  • How would we link to web pages provided by The Mother Church and The Christian Science Publishing Society?
  • How can we feature fresh content from The Mother Church and The Christian Science Publishing Society?
Resources

How to link to ChristianScience.com and other Mother Church websites

4. How could our Sunday School teachers use the web with students?

Here are some questions to consider:

  • How do our students currently use the web to communicate with each other and learn during the week - in school and out?
  • What resources on time4thinkers.com and the Sunday School resources section of this website might they use?
  • What resources might our members create and/or contribute through these websites?
Resources

Sunday School resources on ChristianScience.com
Time4Thinkers website from TMC Youth

5. How can we use the web when planning a lecture?

Here are some questions to consider:

  • What resources can we create and distribute beforehand for planning, advertising, and/or hosting?
  • What online resources (from us and The Mother Church) can we share with attendees afterward?
Resources

Lecture support resources on ChristianScience.com

6. How can we use the web in our Reading Room?

Here are some questions to consider:

  • Should we have one or more computers online in the Reading Room?
  • What websites and links could we recommend?
  • What web events could we highlight?
  • How can we keep our Reading Room staff up to date about what's available?
Resources

Reading Room support resources on ChristianScience.com

7. How do we fully involve members who don't have or aren't comfortable with computers?

Here are some questions to consider:

  • Would it make sense to print some web materials for members without computers?
  • If members are interested in learning more, who in our congregation can teach them basic web skills and introduce them to websites and links?

8. Are there any activities that our branch church provides in person that we could share more broadly or do more effectively by listing or hosting them online in some way?

There are many possibilities, but be sure you're aware of the legal guidelines before you get started.

Resources

Legal guidelines for sharing Christian Science

9. How might individual members share Christian Science on the web?

Here are some questions to consider:

  • In what web communities can I participate and share Christian Science?
  • Does it make sense to coordinate my efforts with other members (or not)?

10. Are we having fun yet?

Remember that the inspiration and spirit behind any effort is what matters most and brings the best results.