Speaking of Clover

How and Why to Talk About Money at Your Church

Posted by Joanna Gray on February 23, 2017

"Next Sunday, we’ll kick off a series on money here at our church."

Do you hate making announcements like that at your church? Did any of you just cringe at the thought? If you so, don’t worry, you’re in good company!

Most people (church leaders included) struggle with how to approach the subject of finances at church. It can be awkward. It can be confusing. It can be convicting. And because of those and many other reasons just like them, people aren’t sure how (or even if) they should address money in church.

When it comes to talking money in the church, most seem to fall in to one of two categories:

  1. Avoid the subject completely out of fear of making anyone uncomfortable.
  2. Harp on the matter by making every one feel guilty  about it almost every week.
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Topics: Best Practices, Clover Give

[Free Easter Graphics] Easter Service Image Giveaway

Posted by Joanna Gray on February 17, 2017

Easter is Almost Here

For many pastors and chruch staff Easter is, let's face it, BUSY.

Your “to do” list is probably a mile long (-er than usual)! You do what you do to reach your community and help shepherd your congregation. And, you’re doing great and important work.

We know how hard you work and we'd like to help. A couple weeks ago, we sent out a survey asking how we can help you this Easter. Free Easter Graphics for your services was the clear winner. So here they are! 

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Topics: Best Practices, Design

Three Part Guide to a Successful Fundraising Campaign

Posted by Joanna Gray on February 14, 2017

Question: have you ever put together a fundraising campaign at your church?

You know what we mean, right? Not just your typical Sunday morning offering or your routine time for tithe. We’re talking about a scheduled and calendared campaign designed to raise support for a specific aspect of your ministry. Whether you’re looking to raise money to send your students on a mission trip, hoping to fund the building of a new campus, or simply looking to generate support to give back to a project in the community, you want to make sure you run your fundraising campaign well.

The difference between a good fundraising campaign and a bad fundraising campaign means the difference of dollars and trust for your ministry.

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Topics: Best Practices, Clover Give

Four Ways to Make Donations Easy at Your Church

Posted by Joanna Gray on February 9, 2017

Some of the most potentially awkward moments of your Sunday morning service probably center around the offering. With so many misconceptions out there about the church and money, the task of talking to your congregation about GIVING can be a challenge for church leaders.

Believe it or not, the subject of giving doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, it can actually be one of the best parts of your service if you approach it with the right heart.

Most people in your congregation not only want to give to your church, but feel as though God has called them to do so.

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Topics: Best Practices, Clover Give

4 Reasons Video Needs a Place on Your Church Website

Posted by Joanna Gray on January 26, 2017

When it comes to your church website, content is key. We certainly think written content is important. However, in a digital age it’s not always words that are going to draw people in to your site. In terms of content, words are great. Audio is interesting. Photos grab attention. But video can change the game.

Creating compelling and engaging videos for your church website takes storytelling to another level.

Videos are going to truly catch the eye of your visitors and draw them in to your site. A good video is

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Topics: Best Practices

5 Tips for Better Church Website Blogging

Posted by Joanna Gray on January 24, 2017

 

As websites have developed over the years, blogs have become more and more of an important feature online. Yes, even church websites are jumping on the blog bandwagon.

Why?

Well, for starters a blog…

  • Gives you a place to continue the conversation with your congregation beyond Sunday mornings.
  • Is a great place to expand on the big things happening in your ministry.
  • Creates shareable content for you to post to your social media channels to engage your followers.

And that’s just to name a few!

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Topics: Best Practices

5 Tips for Clarifying Your Church's Brand Messaging

Posted by Joanna Gray on January 19, 2017

 

There’s nothing more detrimental to a brand or business than cloudy, unclear messaging. Think about it. Is there anything more frustrating than logging on to a church website to find out more about who they are and what they do only to be left more confused than ever after reading their copy, checking out their design, or listening to some of their content?

Believe it or not, what's true for a company is true for your church.

 

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Topics: Best Practices

[Survey] Easter Giveaway from Clover Sites

Posted by Joanna Gray on January 17, 2017

April 16th is Coming.

I know you're excited about how you will celebrate in your church. And the Easter season will be here before we know it! 

We introduced Christmas graphics in 2016, and we want to build on this new tradition and give away an Easter bonus, too! Let's develop more traditions with our Clover family.

However, we want to make sure we're being as helpful as we can and helping your church succeed. So we've put together a quick survey. 

We've done some brainstorming of ideas for your church this Easter, but we want to know what would help your ministry the most. 

Easter Survey 2017

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Topics: Best Practices

Six Ways to Show Appreciation for Your Donors

Posted by Joanna Gray on January 12, 2017

Fact: giving of any kind requires sacrifice on the part of your community.

When you choose to spend your money somewhere, you’re giving up the opportunity to spend it somewhere else. And when people in your congregation say “yes” to giving to your ministry, they’re subsequently saying “no” to using it somewhere else. That’s sacrifice.

The act of giving to your church means your people made the choice to give up something else in favor of supporting your ministry.

And that’s not something we as church leaders should ignore!

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Topics: Best Practices

4 Reasons Your Church Website Might Be Keeping Visitors Away

Posted by Joanna Gray on January 10, 2017

 

 

Newsflash: your church website is important.

Okay, that’s probably not a newsflash to most of you! It’s obvious we at Clover know this is true. Our entire company is based on helping churches create professional, effective websites designed to connect and communicate with people both in and out of your congregation.

While maintaining a successful website is important for reaching the people in your congregation, it’s even more important

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Topics: Best Practices

Speaking of Clover

 

Here's what makes Clover Sites so great.

All of Clover’s (long list of!) features are specifically crafted for the church: 

  • All our websites are beautifully designed. 
  • Enjoy a stunning mobile experience.
  • Section-Based editing.
  • Get funding to do what you feel called to do. Integrate online giving into your Clover website.
  • The Greenhouse allows anyone to create and manage a website. 
  • Real, Genuine Customer Support.
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