Speaking of Clover

The Greenhouse: An Inside Look at Your Church Website

Posted by Joanna Gray on April 25, 2017

 

When it comes to designing your church website with Clover, one of the most common concerns we hear is this:

I don’t know anything about web design or coding. How am I supposed to do it all for myself?”

Trust us, we get it! The thought of creating and updating a site with little to no experience all on your own sounds intimidating on paper. But you can also trust us when we tell you, there’s no simpler way to do it than with Clover Sites.

We created Clover to empower you as church leaders to have full ownership over your online presence.

Rather than have to pay thousands of dollars to a developer or waste time waiting for them to get back to you about changes, we wanted to make a way for you to do everything you needed to do with clarity and confidence.

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Topics: Best Practices, Clover Sites 3, Green Thumbs

How To Talk About Making The Switch To Online Giving

Posted by Joanna Gray on April 19, 2017

 

When it comes to money, it’s no secret that the world has gone digital.

Think about it. When was the last time you wrote a check to pay for your groceries? Do you even carry any cash in your wallet to have on hand anymore? Are most of your bills set up on automatic or online payments?

These days, managing and spending money is done almost exclusively in a digital space. And if that’s true for most areas of life, shouldn’t it be true for your church giving as well? You want to give your community the option to give quickly and simply in the same way they do everything else: online.

Clover Give is an online giving platform that provides your church a professional, easy to use digital giving forum that allows your people to support your ministry in a way that works for them.

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Topics: Best Practices, Clover Give

5 Reasons You Should Try a Free Church Website Demo

Posted by Joanna Gray on April 12, 2017

 

Have you ever gone shopping for that perfect pair of jeans? You probably tried on pair after pair, studying the look and fit of each one before deciding on the best pair for you. Or you just buy a pair and hope it's right -- only to return and repeat the process.

Finding the best design for your church website is no different.

Every church has its own identity—a unique look and feel that is all your own.  And that means every church website should, too!

Designing a website is not a one size fits all process.

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Topics: Best Practices, Clover Sites 3

Five Steps to Plan Your Church Website with Clover

Posted by Joanna Gray on April 6, 2017

If you’re thinking about updating or launching a new website for your church, you’re probably feeling one thing: overwhelmed.

Believe us, we get it! As church leaders, you have so many important things to focus on as you work to reach your community and lead your congregation. Your work, your time, and you energy are valuable; you don’t want to waste them trying to deal with a complicated and difficult website design.

That’s where we come in.

We want to do what we can with what we have to make the process of web design and development seamless for your church.   

So if you’re thinking about getting started, we’re here to partner with you to make it happen—and make it easy!

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Topics: Best Practices

Four Things to Include When Your Sermon is About Money

Posted by Joanna Gray on March 30, 2017


Fact: sermons on money are powerful.

If you don’t believe that, stick with us

Your congregation is made up of a variety of people, right? Every week, you look out at a room full of people from all different backgrounds, races, stories, and beliefs. But what’s one thing they all have in common?

Money.

No matter who they are or where they come from, all the people in your congregation are dealing with money. Maybe they’re in a position in life where they have more than they need and aren’t struggling with their finances. Maybe they’re just making ends meet. Maybe they’re on the verge of bankruptcy. Or maybe they’re somewhere in between.

The point is this: regardless of their current financial situation, every person in your congregation is dealing with money on a regular basis. And because of that, it’s important that you as a church leader incorporate the subject in your teachings. Everyone can relate!

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Topics: Best Practices, Clover Give

[Free Resource] Pre-Written Content for Your Church Website

Posted by Joanna Gray on March 16, 2017

Pre-written Content for your church website:

  • Make it fast and easy to launch your new website.
  • Easy to use, easy to share Google Doc full of options for your church.

Use these Pre-writen Church Website Content to make your church website really pop. It really can be as easy as 1, 2, 3 to build your church website.

 Three Steps to Build A Church Website:

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Topics: Best Practices, Free Resources

Green Thumbs: Mosaic Seattle

Posted by Joanna Gray on March 14, 2017

One of the best things about working with you all to create their websites is seeing the finished product up and running. We love seeing churches feel confident in not only creating their sites, but also in putting it out there for their people. And we love being able to share some of those sites with you!

This month, we’re taking a look at Mosaic Community Church in Seattle. Take a look at their finished website at www.mosaic-seattle.org and read on for more on how Clover helped their team create a product they are proud to share!

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Topics: Best Practices, Green Thumbs

How to Manage A Church Office Team

Posted by Joanna Gray on March 9, 2017


One of the hardest parts about church office leadership is figuring out how to build, manage, and maintain your team.

In other words: how do you lead your church team well?Whether your team consists of just ten people or is made up of hundreds, the need to lead and manage them well is great. They’re the people who help make your ministry happen.

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Topics: Best Practices, Clover Give

[Free On-Demand Webinar] How to Preach Effectively on Your Church Website

Posted by Joanna Gray on March 2, 2017

 

Check out our new On-Demand Webinar (watch it whenever you want!) and learn the benefits of posting your sermons online. This webinar is only 15 minutes, but can change your church website forever. 

Increase your impact and expand your reach by putting your sermons on your church website. 

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Topics: Best Practices, Clover Sites

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

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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