Christian Venues is focussed on making it easier to find the diverse physical places the church has to offer and wide vareity of worship styles/ denominations. A project that we (freshSPRING) have had planned for a while is now live.
Christian Venues for Hire
There are some amazing places you can hire, if only you knew they were there! Additionally, they’re pretty great value. From a prayer tent in the middle of the city (yes, a Mongolian Yurt behind St. Ethelburgers) to a tiny chapel and the more mundane but equally valueable church halls and offices for trustee meetings.
To make it simple, putting them onto a website where you can search by your area and find venues which meet your specification is the key here. Christian Venues then puts you in touch with the people directly, no middle-man or commission, just connecting you to the venue you might want to hire.
From our experience of making church websites, if you wanted to say hire a hall often a lot of the key info is lacking – like a picture, how many chairs, how many people it can take, whether there are toilets, and how to actually hire it. We can’t promise to solve all these issues, but Christian Venues will be very targetted on making it as simple as possible and helping to improve the quality of the information available.
Christian Venues for Worship
There are some fantastic examples, like A Church Near You, of ways you can easily find a local church. However these tend to be limited to one denomination (for obvious reasons), which is fine if you’re only looking within the Church of England, but a bit harder when dealing with ‘non-demoninational’. Many of these churches have their own websites, but that doesn’t mean they are well optimised for search, or have also done the mapping part.
From personal experience, when our Chief Executive Nick was looking for a church closer to home it was only by chance they found their new church, which didn’t show up in previous searches. If it’s hard for someone who runs a design agency to find a local church then clearly something needs to be done.
So the idea is simple, just have all denominations on the site. You can tick/untick as you like, and each church is in control of their page. If they move location they can just update it. Additionally there will be a space for sharing events. Those who want to, can choose the premium version and add their social media links, vidoes, etc.
Free vs. Premium Christian Venue Listings
Everyone can have a free listing for their venue for hire, or place of worship – in fact you can have both and as many as you need. We don’t want anyone to miss out and the purpose here really is to help the churches make money with the hiring and welcome people in without barriers as a place of worship.
However, to make this site work, there are real costs (hosting, advertising, research, time to setup partnerships, etc). As a non-profit, freshSPRING has to fund this somehow, and a premium listing offers more features, which are primarily aimed at more established venues and churches who can benefit the most. Though it’s only £10/year.
Visit Christian Venues (remember we’re just getting started!)