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Six Things to Include About Children's Ministry on Your Church Website

By: Luke Marzano
September 18th, 2018

In case you missed it, my family grew by one member this year. We welcomed our newest little guy into the Marzano crew. Now that I’m a father of two, it changes the way I see the world (Those of you who have kids know this to be true)…. It changes the choices I make. The way I sleep (and don’t sleep). How I do my grocery shopping. And it changes the way I see church. When I think about when to attend, where to plug in, and whether or not to serve, I don’t start by thinking about what’s best for me. Like most parents, my first concern is what’s best for my family. That’s why it’s so important for your church to include information about children’s ministry on your website.

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[Free Relief Guide and Social Graphics] 5 Steps Churches Should Take to Prepare for Natural Disasters

By: Samantha Decker
September 12th, 2018

Disasters happen, is your church prepared? Hurricanes, floods, wild fires, earthquakes, power blackouts, active shooters, and epidemics are just a few examples of disasters that could disrupt the lives of your congregation and community. Because preparing for disasters forces your church leadership, staff , and members to think about uncomfortable topics, proactive leadership from the pastor and church leadership is required to combat these natural tendencies.

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Avoiding the Home Page Headache

By: Samantha Decker
September 11th, 2018

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again… Your website is the front door to your church. It’s the first thing most people see. Before they ever set foot in your church’s actual lobby, they’ll spend time on your website. That’s why you want their experience on your site to be so simple, easy, and engaging that they’ll make the move from spectator to attendee at your church. One goal of any church website should be to move visitors from behind the screen to inside the walls of your church. And one of the best ways to do that is to make sure your website makes a great first impression! If the website is the front door to your church, then the home page is the front door to your website!

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Start Live Streaming Your Church Service in 7 Days

By: Brett Bzdafka
September 6th, 2018

For those of you who have been keeping up, our friend Brett Bzdafka from BoxCast is back! He's guest writing today to give you some insight into live streaming, and how you can easily get up and running with Clover and BoxCast.  To learn more, click on the button at the bottom of the post. Part 1 of the Conversation: “Wouldn’t it be great to broadcast our services live onto our website? I noticed that the church down the street started doing that a few months back and it looks really nice. I know that a lot of people in our community come to our website to see what we’re like before visiting, so it would be really neat to be able to give them a glimpse into our Sunday morning worship through online video. We do have a lot of members that are homebound or in the hospital, as well, so live streaming would probably be a real blessing to them, too.” Part 2 of the Conversation: “As much as I’d love to look into what this might look like for our church, I bet broadcasting video online is really complicated and expensive. We are really busy on Sunday mornings, too, so this would be another thing that would take more volunteers and I’m just not sure that we could manage this. We’d have to find a volunteer who is really techy, as well, and I’m just not sure that we have a person who fits that mold. Well, maybe we’ll stream our services one day, but it’s probably just too much to look into now. Let’s revisit broadcasting online in a year or so.”

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Live Stream with Clover and BoxCast

By: Joanna Gray
August 30th, 2018

Do you want to make it easy for your congregation to keep up with your church? Even when they travel? or when the kids are sick? or when the weather's real bad? Or, or...? The list of reasons can go on and on. A great solution can be Live Video Streaming. It's the power of your local church. Anywhere. And it's easier -- and less expensive -- than you might think!  We've made a lot of announcements this summer, and it's not over yet! Clover Sites is pleased to announce our partnership with BoxCast. They are a premier Live Streaming provider and they also know and love the church. 

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Worship Visuals: Essential or Distracting?

By: Samantha Decker
August 28th, 2018

Before we jump right in, I wanted to share some big news with you: Clover Media is Live! 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 to the blog to learn more about church media  in general, and how you can gain access to Clover Media. Some churches are already visually full of color and beauty. Stained glass with stories of Biblical events and stories surround the worshipper. But, a growing number of churches meet in rented schools, renovated warehouses, or even storefronts. So instead of being distracting, worship visuals might be essential in an environment where even a basic cross can’t be found. Today, visual storytelling is our culture. From motion pictures, video games, and emojis, everything we do involves communication through pictures. With our faith being something we have a mission to pass on and to spread, it would be almost a crime to forgo a growth in our facility with visuals. In worship, a picture can truly act as a thousand words. 

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Overcoming Fears: Why Your Church Should Be Live Streaming

By: Brett Bzdafka
August 23rd, 2018

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[New Feature Alert] Clover Media

By: Joanna Gray
August 21st, 2018

This summer, we are launching Clover Media (today in fact!). Do you know how long it takes to form a first impression? Here's a hint... it's a really short time.  Do you know the importance of making a good first impression?  Do you know where to get great, high-quality graphics to make that great first impression? Do you know how to get a design set up for your sermons or worship slides?  It's robust, it's powerful, and -- best of all -- the answer is here! This summer, Clover Media can solve all your image and graphic problems. 

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Ten Things You Should Know About Church Media

By: Samantha Decker
August 16th, 2018

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Five Signs That It's Time to Give Your Church Website a Makeover

By: Luke Marzano
August 14th, 2018

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?”

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