Who Did You Bless This Christmas? Thanks to our amazing Clover customers, we were able to give away lots of church websites last month. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We were so blessed by this and want to share some of the stories we heard from you.
Hi guys! It’s me, Luke! I’m your resident Clover support guy, web guru, and friend to all of you out there who’ve been assigned the sometimes daunting task of building and maintaining a website for your church. I’ve been a part of the team here at Clover for more than eight years now. I’ve learned a lot along the way about what it takes to create the kind of site that engages visitors and draws them to your church. And now I’m here to share some of those things with you! Welcome to our first ever Ask Luke segment here on the Clover blog. Today, we’re tackling some of the most commonly asked questions our support team gets about building your site with Clover.
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A job in ministry is a job of the lifetime. It’s a calling. It’s a privilege. It’s an honor. And it’s also one of the hardest jobs in the world. If you’re a ministry leader or pastor, then you don’t need us to tell you that. You’re living it out every single day. And some of those days are the amazing, fulfilling, God inspired days where you go home and think, “Wow, I can’t believe I get to do this for a living.” And others of those days are the difficult, tiring, challenging days where you go home and think, “Wow, I don’t know if I can keep doing this for a living.”
When you’re working on creating or updating your church website, how many times have you thought something like this: Wouldn’t it be great to have someone on call to answer all my questions? Wouldn’t it be nice to know someone behind the scenes to help me with my site? I wish I knew someone who could walk me through this whole process. Gosh, I want to talk to an expert! If you’ve had any or all of those thoughts, then we’ve got an answer for you: You’re looking for someone like Luke!
At Clover, we pride ourselves on creating websites that are as unique as your churches. No two churches are the same so no two church websites should be, either! While the content, layout, mission, and message of your sites will differ from church to church, we think there’s at least one thing in all church websites have in common: They want to be effective.
If the thought of switching your church to an online giving platform has you feeling a little less than enthusiastic, we understand. Making a change like that is a pretty big deal! And on paper, it sounds like something that will require some serious tech support from start to finish. The idea of working with one of those typical IT guy is enough to send even the most excited online giver running for the hills! If that’s how you feel, then we have good news for you: Clover Give is exactly what you’re looking for when it comes to online giving.
Question: What’s the number one way you communicate information about your church to your congregation? If your answer is any of the following phrases alone—phone calls, bulletins, morning announcements, mailers—then we’ve got bad news for you: Your people don’t know what’s going on at your church.
One of the most important things in the success of your church is a healthy team. If your team is thriving and working together, your congregation will feel the impact. We’ve talked in the past about a number of ways to focus on pouring into your team and keeping a healthy staff. It’s just that important! But you don’t need us to tell you that. If you’ve worked in church leadership for anytime at all, then you’ve probably experienced the opposite of a healthy team or staff member at least once so far. And if you have, then you know exactly just how detrimental even just one unhealthy, unhappy member of your team can be to not just your staff, but to your church as a whole. Nothing will take you off track and shift your eyes from the mission faster than behaviors or attitudes that we call team killers.
Have you ever sat down at your computer to start doing a little research about how to build a church website, and suddenly you come across a world of questions you know absolutely nothing about?
When you’re a pastor or church leader, you know that there’s one thing you can’t do your job without: your team! Your staff is key to the growth and life of the church. Think about it! How would you get through a Sunday morning let alone an entire workweek without the hands, feet, and heart of your staff helping to make things happen? Whether you’re working with a team that’s been with you for years or growing several new staff members, it’s essential that you consistently spend time developing your people as team members, spiritual leaders, and ministry frontrunners at your church.