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Speaking of Clover

[Free Resource] Clover Sites Handbook

Posted by Samantha Decker on October 17, 2017

The process of creating and launching your website should be simple from start to finish.

And for the most part, it is with Clover Sites! But of course we recognize that within the details, there are about a million and one questions that you want answers for as you go.

Rather than leave you guessing and searching for answers, we created a simple Handbook to cover some of the biggest topics and questions you might have about Clover.

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Topics: Best Practices, Free Resources

An Online Giving Audit: Is Your Church Website Giving Friendly?

Posted by Samantha Decker on October 10, 2017

 

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.

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Topics: Best Practices, Clover Give

Keep It Simple: Five Basic Things Your Church Website Should Have

Posted by Samantha Decker on October 3, 2017

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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Topics: Best Practices, Clover Sites 3

Five Ways To Find & Keep Your Volunteers

Posted by Samantha Decker on September 28, 2017

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.

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Topics: Best Practices, Clover Sites 3

Make It Easy: Four Steps To Simplify Online Giving At Your Church

Posted by Samantha Decker on September 26, 2017

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.

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Topics: Best Practices, Clover Give

Five Tips for Web Design on a Budget

Posted by Samantha Decker on September 19, 2017

One of the biggest questions people have about creating a website is this:

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Topics: Best Practices, Clover Sites 3, Design

Is Your Church Website Launch Ready?

Posted by Samantha Decker on September 14, 2017

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.

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Topics: Best Practices, Clover Sites 3

The Ultimate Guide To Building Your Church Website

Posted by Samantha Decker on September 12, 2017

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?

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Topics: Best Practices, Clover Sites 3

The Who’s Who Of Your Church Website Design Team

Posted by Samantha Decker on September 11, 2017

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.

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Topics: Best Practices, Clover Sites 3

[Guest Post] Five Simple Ways to Market Your Church in Your Community

Posted by Kevin D. Hendricks on September 7, 2017

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:

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Topics: Best Practices, Clover Sites 3

Speaking of Clover

 

Here's what makes Clover Sites so great.

All of Clover’s (long list of!) features are specifically crafted for the church: 

  • All our websites are beautifully designed. 
  • Enjoy a stunning mobile experience.
  • Section-Based editing.
  • Get funding to do what you feel called to do. Integrate online giving into your Clover website.
  • The Greenhouse allows anyone to create and manage a website. 
  • Real, Genuine Customer Support.
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