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?
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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.
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 (find out more about how to build a great church website here). 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.
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.
If you’re thinking about updating or launching a new church 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 your 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!