People searching for new churches to visit or to join often have a specific set of criteria they are using to find a church. The denomination, type of service, size, and location are the most common criteria searched. This information should be clearly listed and easily found in all online media about your church. But what about using online searchable directories that are specifically made for churches? Is your church listed in any of these directories? Should they be? Church specific directories and searchable databases can help people and churches share information quickly and easily. Pastors, church administrators, and communicators should carefully consider all of the available digital tools church seekers may use to find them. Here are 12 online listings connecting Christian churches and church seekers… 1 – CBN – THE CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING NETWORKThe Christian Broadcasting Network Website includes Church Search features, as well as blogs, courses, news, radio, and videos.Features: Church Directory features address and phone numberNumber of Listings: not specifiedNumber of Visitors: not specifiedCost to list your church: Free, submit official church letterhead via mail 2 – CHRISTIAN CHURCH TODAY Christian Church Today is an online community of Christian leaders where users can provide feedback, update information, and share content with churches around the country. Christian Church Today’s church “Locator” is a searchable US-based directory of Christian churches. Add your church for free by creating an account.Features: Church Directory, search by type of church, name or city; feature list: address, phone number, link to website.Number of Listings: not specifiedNumber of Visitors: not specifiedCost to List Your Church: Free 3 – CHURCH ANGELChurch Angel is a searchable database of US and Canadian Christian churches that can be found by state and denomination. It also includes searches for Christian Counselors and counseling services.Features: Church Directory database, Christian Counselor database, Facebook discussion forumNumber of Listings: 300,000 listingsNumber of Visitors: 150,000 monthly visitorsCost to list your church: Free 4 – CHURCHFINDER.COMThis online platform connects people with local Christian churches in the U.S. and provides church profiles, church reviews, and services to help people make decisions about which churches to visit.Features: Church Directory database, reviews, tools to link pastors and church leaders to people in their cityNumber of Listings: 280,000 Christian churchesNumber of Visitors: 300,000 monthly visitorsCost to list your church: FreeAdditional paid services: Church Finder Pro 5 – CHURCH.ORG Church.org provides access to God’s word daily through the platform of blogs, daily devotions, and social media. The church database is constantly updated to allow users to find a new church community. Add a church for free by creating an account.Features: Church directory includes location, phone number, address; place to input events, sermons, leaders and overview.Number of Listings: not specifiedNumber of Visitors: not specifiedCost to List Your Church: Free 6 – FACEBOOK Facebook is the world’s largest social network with nearly two billion users. Facebook Pages is designed for businesses and organizations to promote themselves on Facebook.Features: Advanced smart search, profile verification, community-based platform that encourages engagement, reviews, location, messaging platformNumber of Listings: 65 millionNumber of Visitors: 1.37 billion average daily users; 2.07 billion active monthly usersCost to list your church: Free 7 – FAITHSTREETFaithStreet is easy to use with a great search layout. It includes a map that uses your location to find churches near you. You can search for churches by their “vibe” to find something that really fits with your family and personality.Features: Church Directory database listing features include Address, Service Times, Denomination, Tags, Christian Counselor database, Facebook discussion forumNumber of Listings: 300,000 listingsNumber of Visitors: 150,000 monthly visitorsCost to list your church: Free 8 – FIND A CHURCH An extensive searchable database with Christian Churches around the world. The search feature has a lot of filters, and users can search based on many criteria. The website promotes featured churches on the main search page.Listing Features: Church Directory has options to list language, worship style, denomination, affiliation, and service timesNumber of Listings: 37,557 listingsNumber of Visitors: not specifiedCost to list your church: Free 9 – GOOGLE BUSINESS PROFILEGoogle My Business place pages appear in Google listings and searches, and give businesses the ability to share events, products, and services directly in Google Search and Google Maps with Google Posts.Number of Searches: 3.5 billion searches per day; 40,000 per secondCost to list your church: Free 10 – THE GOSPEL COALITIONThe Gospel Coalition is a fellowship of evangelical churches in the Reformed tradition and their Church Directory is a searchable global database of evangelical churches.Features: Church Directory, Blogs, Book ReviewsNumber of Listings: not specifiedNumber of Visitors: not specifiedCost to list your church: Free 11 – YELPYelp.com offers businesses place pages and a set of tools to showcase their businesses and connect with the Yelp community.Features: Church DirectoryNumber of Listings: not specifiedNumber of Visitors: 142 million monthly usersCost to list your church: Free 12 – 9MARKS 9Marks Church Search allows users to search based on location only. Features: Church directory includes address, phone number, email, website, directions, description (one paragraph)Number of Listings: not specifiedNumber of Visitors: not specifiedCost to List Your Church: Submit an application online and it will be reviewed by church staff and posted to the list within two weeks. BONUSThe Real Yellow PagesThis online directory of business listings, blogs, and advertising tools connects businesses with customers.Features: Images and videos, reviews and ratings, share address and hours of operationNumber of Listings: not specifiedNumber of Visitors: 60 million monthly visitorsCost to list your church: Free ADDING VALUE, NO REPLACEMENTSWhile there’s no doubt that large search engines and social media sites have a corner on the search market overall, directories specifically created for finding churches have carved out a solid presence online. Many of these church specific sites also add value by including additional resources and helpful services like blogs, church job listings, Christian Counseling, and consultation services to help churches reach more people. Remember that directory resources are helpful, but they are not a replacement for a great church website and a healthy social media presence. Pastors and church staff can simply add these church directories to their set of outreach and communication tools if they like. Create a comprehensive online presence and ensure seekers are easily able to find your church online by registering, creating, and claiming church business pages with as many online search directories as possible. Since many of these directories offer free listings, it is a sound investment of time and resources that pastors and church communicators can believe in and easily accomplish. 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