Before we jump right in, I wanted to share some big news with you: Clover Media is Live! What exactly does that mean? As part of our desire to serve you and your church with more than just a great church website, we've been scouring the internet for the best in church graphics and have partnered with Sharefaith to give you access to the best of the best in church PowerPoints, bulletins, flyers, newsletters, worship graphics, animation loops and mini-movies -- all available in a variety of formats. You probably have even more questions and we definitely have answers. Stay tuned to the blog to learn more about church media in general, and how you can gain access to Clover Media. Some churches are already visually full of color and beauty. Stained glass with stories of Biblical events and stories surround the worshipper. But, a growing number of churches meet in rented schools, renovated warehouses, or even storefronts. So instead of being distracting, worship visuals might be essential in an environment where even a basic cross can’t be found. Today, visual storytelling is our culture. From motion pictures, video games, and emojis, everything we do involves communication through pictures. With our faith being something we have a mission to pass on and to spread, it would be almost a crime to forgo a growth in our facility with visuals. In worship, a picture can truly act as a thousand words.
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Before we jump right in, I wanted to share some big news with you: Clover Media is coming soon! What exactly does that mean? As part of our desire to serve you and your church with more than just a great church website, we've been scouring the internet for the best in church graphics and have partnered with Sharefaith to give you access to the best of the best in church PowerPoints, bulletins, flyers, newsletters, worship graphics, animation loops and mini-movies -- all available in a variety of formats. You probably have even more questions and we definitely have answers. Stay tuned in to the blog to learn more about church media in general, and the upcoming launch of Clover Media. Church media. Is it necessary? Worthless? Dangerous? Distracting? As a church, if you're spending your money and time on media, it’s perfectly appropriate to ask these kinds of questions. First off, what is “church media?” Essentially, it's anything that is a printed, projected, or visual medium of communication. “Church media” may encompass stage design, the sign out front, the printed bulletins, the pre-reel, the welcome videos, or the sermon PowerPoint.
As a church leader, one of the trickiest things to navigate is the conversation about giving at your church. Why? Well, for starters, it’s awkward… Too many churches have a reputation of constantly asking for money. And although we all know that isn’t true of every church, we also feel that tension every single time we stand up in front of our congregation and ask them to support our ministry by giving.
It’s always super exciting to welcome new people to your church staff. New team members means new life and fresh perspective coming into your church, and that’s always good news! And it means more help, which hopefully means less on your plate! It’s so important to remember that when you welcome new members to your staff, you want them to feel like they’re FULLY a part of the team as fast as possible.
When you have a question, where's the first place you look for an answer? When you're looking to find something in your community, where do you start? When you want information, where do you look? If you're answer to any and all of these questions isn’t the Internet, then we don’t know who you are. Seriously, think about it! Can you remember a time before the Internet made it quick and easy to find the things you’re looking for? Do you even know someone who owns a phone book anymore? If you aren’t asking Google or Siri, you just aren’t finding it these days. That’s why having a website is essential for a startup church (or really any church for that matter). The good news is if you’ve made it this far then you probably already knew that. Congratulations- you’ve already won half the battle! And creating a website with Clover makes winning that half of the battle simple and easy. But if having a website is only half the battle for you as a church plant, what’s the other half? Reaching your audience!
Summer is here, you guys! But if you’re a church leader, you know that summertime isn’t all sunglasses and swimming pools! In fact, you know that summer actually presents one of the biggest challenges for your church every year… The challenge of giving.
Social media. Reading those words probably got some of you super-excited. On the other hand, it probably filled some of you with dread! These days, it’s a big way that millions of people communicate with each other.
Let me set the scene for you… It’s Sunday morning. It’s that part of your church service where you take up the offering. It’s that moment when someone stands in front of your congregation and hopefully inspires them to open their hearts and give to your church. And let’s say the person with that role today is you. You’re ready and prepared. You know exactly what you’re going to say. You’re prepared to connect generosity to both the vision of your church and the impact it’ll make on human beings. And then…. YOUR EYES LAND ON A COUPLE OF VISITORS SITTING RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU ON THE FIRST ROW. Suddenly, you’re nervous. And just like that, what you hoped would be a powerful moment in your service now feels awkward.
Pop quiz time! When you see this symbol, what do you think of? What about this one? Or this one? Chances are that you know all three of those images pretty well. Why? Because brands like Nike, Chick-Fil-A, and Target have worked hard to make themselves known by their branding. And because of that, when you see their logos, you know exactly who they are. As a result, you’re more likely to trust them with your business. Have you ever thought that the same might be true when it comes to online giving at your church?