Pop quiz: Do you know how much time the average church allows for their people to give to their church? If you’re anything like us, you probably think it has to be at least a multiple times a week, right? After all, if a church depends on the gifts of your congregation, then surely that church would give it’s people a lot of chances to give. Well… think again. The answer to our question: The average church only allows somewhere between two and five minutes once a week for their people to give.
Let’s face it: Most of us have a habit of overcomplicating things from time to time. What should be simple and straightforward suddenly becomes lengthy and overwhelming. Sometime we overcomplicate the process and make things more difficult than they need to be. Take your church website for example. We get so bogged down with the ins and outs of what’s next, new, and exciting that we loose sight of the basics. That’s why the number one rule for your church website should be:
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What do you think is the secret to a successful Sunday morning at your church? A good sermon? Big attendance? A great worship set list? Free coffee? All that is great, but let’s get real, you guys. The real secret to success on a Sunday morning (besides God of course!) isn’t any of that. It’s the volunteers. You simply can’t do what you do without the help of the people who willingly give up their time to jump in and serve at your church on a regular basis.
Have you ever read one of those how-to books? You know the ones we’re talking about—the kind designed to teach even the biggest dummy how to be an expert in the subject they choose. Now I don’t know about you, but the times we’ve thumbed through books like these—books created to take something complicated and make it easy—we end up more confused than when we started! And the worst ones of all? Books on finance and fundraising! Now I may just be simpleton, but I always seem to have major issues trying to understand the ideas, terminology, and concepts. To be completely honest, they might as well be written in a different language. Professionals write books on money full of plans and concepts that an outsider just can’t understand. It’s complicated. And that’s a problem because complicated strategies kill giving.
One of the biggest questions people have about creating a website is this:
When it comes to building your church website, knowing when you’re officially ready to launch is key to your success. There’s nothing worse than announcing a big, exciting launch only to reveal a half-finished, poorly working website.
In this digital day and age, you know your church needs a website. Or maybe your church has a website, but it looks like something straight out of the 90's with outdated content and graphics. You don’t just need any website, you need a great, helpful, and updated website. The kind that makes people want to step out of the digital space and into the actual space of your church. No pressure, right?
If you’ve ever been to any live sporting event, then you know one of the most exciting parts of the experience is the announcement of the starting line up (and the snacks, too… obviously). The lights drop low, the music starts, the spotlight hits the floor, and the players come out one by one. You get a glimpse of the key players on the team—who they are and what strengths they bring. And we consider this blog the same thing. It’s so important to build the right team of people to speak into the design and structure of your website as your building the perfect website for your church (more on how to do that here). This is essential for every church, but especially for those of you who don’t have a church website team already assembled on staff.
Once upon a time churches were on the public square, an integral part of the community. That’s not the case today, and so churches need to work harder to connect with their communities. Here are five simple ways your church can reach your local community:
Case Study: Coastal Oaks Church We love talking to churches that not only made the switch to Clover Sites, but are glad they did! Coastal Oaks Church out of Rockport, Texas is one such church. We talked with Andy Barlow, Associate Pastor of Worship and Discipleship (and budding web designer) at Coastal Oaks. He helped their church design, build, and maintain an incredible church website with Clover, and now he’s here to tell you just exactly how it all worked for them. Take a look at their site at coastaloakschurch.org and read on for more on how Andy and his team feel about making the switch to Clover. How did you feel about your website before using Clover? Our church website was an absolute mess prior to jumping into a Clover site. We were using a UK-based web template service "geared for churches" with dated designs, zero flexibility and services, and all-around distant customer service. All these things led me to make the switch to Clover. Even the earliest versions of Clover were significant upgrades over our previous website company, and the current version of Clover is light years ahead of where we were.