I had the pleasure of redesigning the website for Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, WI this summer. Elmbrook Church is a non-denominational mega-church in the suburbs of Milwaukee. Their previous website was self-hosted through Wordpress and wasn’t able to meet the needs of such a resource-heavy church.
The main areas we focused on in this redesign were:
- MEDIA—We wanted to develop a media center that would be able to host their weekly Video/Audio Sermons, in addition to the myriad of other Audio files posted from their ministries each week. Our goal was for these media files to be tagged appropriately so that they would appear in specific ministry & interest areas, as well as in the media center.
- EVENTS—We wanted to create a better events/calendar module that would support individual ministry events, allow the user to sort through the church’s events by ministry, but would also allow us to feature key events. Ministry calendar feeds would then populate on ministry pages as well.
- SERVING—We aimed to create a serving opportunity finder that would work much like the events/calendar module, allowing the user to select their interest area, ministry, or age/stage to find the perfect opportunity to serve within the church. Serving opportunities would then populate on ministry pages as well.
- PERSONALITY—Our goal here was to add visual interest throughout the site with the use of photography, video, and design.
- DYNAMIC SUB-PAGES—We wanted to better represent individual ministries with attractive landing pages that would dynamically feed in media from our new media center, events from our new calendar module, serving opportunities from our new opportunity finder, and would feature the branding and photography from that specific ministry.
- NAVIGATION—One of the biggest areas we focused on was reorganizing the content on the website to allow for users to find information better. Utilizing alphabetized Mega Menus to help users get to the great amount of content on the website.
- RESPONSIVE DESIGN—This was a key component of the redesign, and we were so grateful to have a powerful CMS that was capable of supporting such a complex & large responsive site.
We partnered with Monk Development and are using their Ekklesia360 CMS to power this site. Scott & Korrie at Monk are rock stars and we’re very pleased with the results!
Here’s what Elmbrook.org looked like before:
(Old Home Page)
(Old Sermons Module)
(Old Calendar Module)
…and here’s what Elmbrook.org looks like now!
(New Home Page featuring stories of Elmbrook members—see it in action)
(New Sermons Module—see it in action)
(New Serving Opportunity Finder—see it in action)
(New Self-Sorting Calendar Module—see it in action)
(New Dynamic Ministry Landing Page—see it in action)
(Mobile Home Page Design)