Kingdom Tools have started a new initiative this year to provide free websites and blogs to Churches, ministries, and Christians. This is a fantastic offer not just because it is free, but also because it is a high quality offering.
It takes less than 5 minutes to sign up, and once you do you can start playing around. Your blog will be hosted using wordpress which is a great thing in my opinion. Free Christian resources uses wordpress, as does the website I wrote for my Church.
The advantage of going with MinBlogs would be that you can take out all of the difficulties (well most of them!) of setting up and maintaining a website. The free version comes with 150mb of free space and 150 themes. For most needs this will be more than enough – unless you plan to host sermons or videos online. If this is the case you can still go with MinBlogs and either pay for un upgrade, or host the large files somewhere else.
WordPress is primarily a blogging tool, however you can make the homepage static if you like so that it is more like a ‘normal’ website. You can also use your own domain name if you have one, and they will not show any adverts on your website either (although you can show your own if you like).
If you have never used a website before there will be a learning curve, but the main wordpress site has lots of guidance. I also noticed that MinBlogs has lots of hints dotted around the place to make it as easy as possible to use.
I am really happy to recommend this service either for small ministries or churches that are just starting out. There can be enough to be doing without learning how to write a website when money is tight!