We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog to bring you live coverage of me, Luke, a lifelong Cleveland sports fan, reacting to the recent news that hometown hero and all-around basketball stud, Lebron James, is leaving for Los Angeles. Now, I’ve been Lebron fan for a long time. Sure, he left us in Cleveland once before…But he came back! And when he did, we redesigned our entire team around him! So needless to say, the struggle is real for us Cleveland fans this year. Because now we’re dealing with a complete and total team redesign. What worked before, won’t work now. We need something new. Now maybe you’re reading this and thinking, “Who cares, Luke? What does losing Lebron have to do with our church website?”
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.
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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.
In this social media era, one of my favorite things about the back to school season is that it means my feed is filled up with tons of old, awkward photos of friends in their school years.
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.
It's robust, it's powerful, and -- best of all -- it's here! This summer, Clover Image Editor is being released in a BETA version! And we're so excited for you to try it out. Click here to watch the welcome video and see just how much you can learn to do with the new Image Editor! Full use of the Clover Image Editor is included in your Clover membership. Click the new Image Editor button in your Clover Greenhouse. You'll land in what we "in the industry" call an Artboard. Select what kind of file you want to open and get to work. There's a bit to learn, but (as always!) we're here for you on that front, too!
Question: who actually calls people on the phone anymore? Answer: Nobody! I mean, think about it! When was the last time you actually chose to make a call instead of sending a text? If you’re anything like me, your face looks a little like this when your phone actually rings:
Parents know that there’s nothing worse than putting together toys for your kids. It may be the absolute worst thing about every single holiday: birthdays, Christmas, Easter, etc. Somehow there’s always something that needs to be assembled for your kid! It seems like it always comes with a million pieces and just a few confusing instructions. What’s worse? When you finally put it together, it seems like it breaks the first time your kid puts it to use! That’s why I made a decision this past Christmas to only buy something that I knew I could trust. I picked a brand that I knew wouldn’t let me down.
One of the best things about Clover is that you don’t have to be a tech genius or web design expert to use our platform. Because let’s be honest: nobody has the time to dive in and learn technical things like coding, analytics, and HTML. After all, that’s what our team is for! But believe it or not, there are some tech savvy things you can do to make your website function at it’s best all on your own.
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!