Here at Clover, we are in the business of church websites. Our goal is to help you create a space that you can make completely "yours" and will leave visitors eager to take that next step and check out your church in person. One of the best ways to encourage them to do just that is by making a connection. People are more likely to take the step to engage with your church in person when you’ve taken the first step to engage with them. Easier said than done, right? You can’t connect with visitors to your website if you don’t know who they are! And you can’t keep up with regular attendees checking out your website if you don’t have their information on file.
Last month we released Clover Events. It was exciting, and we are still celebrating with the #SummerofClover (did you read about how you can win a prize?)!! We're ALSO so excited to see how so many of you are already using Clover to share and promote your church's events. Check out a few early examples below and imagine how great your church website could look with a brand new calendar and featured events pages.
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ATTN: CLOVER CLASSIC USERS -- we have good news to help you upgrade your website! [Note: those already using CS3 can ignore this warning.] Does your website sometimes "go crazy"? Do the menus ever look like the menu in this image? If you're on Clover Classic, it's pretty likely Flash is causing problems for your website viewers and causing problems for search engines, too! Because this issue is dependent on browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer) there's not much that Clover can do about it because there's no way to automatically override the browser settings. But YOU CAN fix it anyhow -- and FOR FREE!
Maybe you saw the emails, but we're really excited so we want to make sure you know! We’re announcing a new way to share and promote events on your church website - we call it Clover Events. Whether it's a youth retreat, family picnic day, or any activity, people can now come to your website for new or upcoming information. Clover Events allows you to create a beautiful calendar,feature your special events, sort and search for them -- and display it all on your website in a clear and compelling way. Clover Events makes displaying your events as easy as 1, 2, 3.
This past winter, we released the first new feature for Clover Sites in a while. Have you been using Password Protected pages on your church website? Our developers have only picked up speed from there. They've been coding and testing and staging and we've had a team of you all (our Clover Sites customers) as Beta testers. And guess, what? We have more to announce over the coming weeks! This truly will be the Summer of Clover. We're up to lots of things and we'll have even more updates and improvements! And we're making it easy to win a Clover prize pack or even a free website! Read on to learn more.
Question: How much time do most churches allot for people to give? Answer: Somewhere between two and five minutes just once a week. If that doesn’t sound like a lot of time to you, that’s because it’s not! What that means in reality is that most churches only provide the opportunity for their congregation to give during a quick offering time on Sunday mornings. With that in mind, let’s ask some hard questions.
We’ve been talking a lot about giving here at Clover in the last few months because we know that giving is essential to the life and health of your church. But when all the funds have been pledged and the money starts coming in, the question remains: what do you do with the money that’s been given? The answer to that question lies in your church budget.
All churches are essentially working towards the same goal: To lead people in to life-changing, lasting relationships with Christ Though the methods or approaches may differ from church to church, the heart behind each is the same. We all want to see lives changed and hearts transformed by God. While there are a number of ways to present the message of truth to your congregation (sermons, special events, online messages, your church website, writing), one of the best is through small groups.
Case Study: Edgewater Alliance Church There’s nothing we love more than helping our clients successfully transform websites for their churches. And now, we’re excited to share one of those success stories with you! Check out our Q&A with Susan Parry from Edgewater Alliance Church in Florida for an inside look at how working with Clover transformed their church’s presence online. Then take a look at their site for yourself at www.edgewateralliance.org. How did you feel about your website before using Clover? Up until 2009, we had an unattractive, homemade website that we desperately wanted to improve. What made you decide to give Clover a try?
Every church leader can agree on one thing: We all want to lead a healthy, thriving church. And while a lot of things contribute to building that kind of church we all want, there’s one major contributor we can put our finger on. A healthy church starts with a healthy staff. Think about it. When the people on your staff feel drained, overworked, and undervalued, it’s going to trickle down to the rest of your church. But when they feel seen, lifted up, and important, the positive version of that same spirit will infiltrate your church.