Based on a number of discussions with different churches I have concluded that the most important aspects for a church website are;
The Crossroads template does all of the above and more. I have tried to build the template in a way, so that any church can instantly start posting and organizing sermons, events and bring communities closer together.
I recommend adding content to the template in the following order. Starting in this order will ensure a smooth user experience.
1 ) Add your leadership
In this stage you will work with two CMS collections Church Leader Job Title and Church Leaders.
2) Edit static pages
The following pages are static; About, Contact, Prayer Request, Baptism, Give
I populated these pages with generic content and will not be true for your church, edit the content on these pages to reflect your church.
3) Add ministries
Add as many ministries as your church has. Each ministry has an associated leader (optional), choose a leader from the Church Leaders you created in step 1.
4) Add sermons
All sermons should be connected to a sermon series.
5) Add events
6) Add projects
Projects are a great way to show how your church can help others. This will in turn attract others to volunteer and get involved. I have structured this page so that you can add pictures to a gallery. Sometimes a picture can say a thousand words.
7) Post on the blog (Announcements, Devotionals, Stories)
The Crossroads Template blog is different to most blogs in that, it is divided into different categories of information through the use of Category Tags. After speaking to churches most didn't care for a conventional blog, instead they wanted to post announcements, daily devotionals and stories. That is exactly how I structured the blog.
Note that this structure is not fixed and can easily be changed with the Categories you create and use.
The very first section displayed is a featured sermon. In a sermon collection item, you can switch Featured? to "On" this will change the first section on the home page to the sermon you selected. Note: There can only be one featured sermon.
The second section displays the next event on the left and the latest sermons on the right. What is displayed here is determined by the closest date to the current date and the last posted respectively.