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.
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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.
When it comes to talking to your people about online giving at your church, maybe you don’t think your people really need a reason to give. If they understand the vision of the ministry and believe in what the Bible says about giving to the church, they’re going to give no matter what, right? Well, that’s not entirely true.
Fact: Students are the Future of Your Church. Think about it. Though they may just be middle and high school students right now, one day they’re going to be the adults serving, guiding, and hopefully growing your church. They’re the next generation of church leaders, and because it’s important that you do what you can with what you have now to invest in the lives and faith of the students at your church. Your church website is key to furthering your mission online (learn more about that here). And, one simple way to support your student ministry right now is to find ways to feature them on your church website. Why?
Few people work harder than church pastors and leaders. Y'all give your time, energy, and resources (and more) to a great cause. And it’s an incredibly important calling, that’s for sure! But a job leading any kind of ministry can also be difficult and demanding on its leader. When your life’s work is ministry, it’s easy to sacrifice yourself for the sake of other people. And when that happens consistently over time, burnout is inevitable. We love church leaders just like you and we value the work you do so much that we want to do everything we can to help you avoid ministry burnout. The best leaders are healthy leaders.
When it comes to building 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.