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 been on a behind the scenes tour? The ropes get removed, the curtain gets pulled back, and you get an inside look into what’s really happening behind the scenes to make something amazing on the surface. If you haven’t had the experience before, then today’s your lucky day! Because the ropes are getting removed, the curtain’s getting pulled back, and we’re giving you a little inside look into the things that make Clover work so well for churches just like yours!
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When it comes to your ministry, some of the most valuable people on your team are the volunteers directly serving your congregation each week. Let’s face it: You couldn’t do what you do without them! And because of that, you need to do your best to treat them well while they’re serving alongside you. As a church leader, one of your most important jobs is to serve and support your volunteers. So how can you do that? What does it look like for you to create a healthy culture for the volunteers at your church? How can you lead and love them well?
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:
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.
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: