There’s no denying the impact that a global pandemic has had on our society and economy. Many have lost employment, local businesses have had to adjust and seen decreases in profits for the year and churches have seen this as well with an average decrease in annual giving of around 10% in most cases.
Just like anything else you do, your church website needs to focus on how it relates to your people. Every church wants to have a website, but just like when someone arrives at your front door, it's important to think through the experience visitors will have when they get there. Your church likely has plenty of opportunities for members to get involved with your church. But how do you make it clear how visitors can become members and how members can further get involved? How do you customize your website to guide website visitors to different opportunities?
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This year was not an easy one, but despite the unique challenges of a global pandemic, we’ve seen some churches rise to the occasion and launch new sites! We wanted to celebrate some of our favorite sites that show off how creative you can be with a Clover Site theme.
’Tis the season to get techy! Christmas is not only an important season for planning your Christmas Eve worship service, but it’s also an important season for welcoming visitors to your church. We know that the first place many first-time guests will look before coming to your service is your website.
As the year comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to inspire generosity in your church and finish strong towards your year-end giving goals for 2020. 30% of annual giving happens in December alone, and 10% of giving happens in the final 3 days of the year. It’s also the perfect time to set the stage for 2021 and look at how year-end giving can help your church plan for the future.
If this year has taught us anything, it’s that adaptability is a key component to survive and thrive going forward. While church websites have been essential for years, many churches are seeing huge spikes in traffic from members and their families staying home to shelter in place. On the other side, some churches have seen a huge drop off in engagement due to lack of content or on their websites for their people to stay connected and know what’s happening at their church.
The term “unprecedented” has been used a lot to describe the events of this year. And that theme continues into the Christmas season with so much uncertainty around lockdowns and self-quarantines. All those family gatherings and church functions are going to be put on hold or drastically reduced in response to the ongoing battle against COVID-19 breakouts. This means that more individuals are going to be stuck at home for the holidays, while churches are cancelling or modifying Christmas traditions in an effort to slow the spread and protect the health and well-being of their congregants.
We recently surveyed 1,400 customers asking how COVID-19 has impacted their church, and we are pleased to share the results with you.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still lingering into the final quarter of the year, decisions are looming for many churches as they consider reopening their campuses. Whether you're in the planning stages, or already in the process of reopening your church, it's important to make sure that your parishioners know what to expect. For their safety and the community's, lay out each step in detail so there’s no surprises. Each church is unique in how and when they’ll reopen, so use the 5 considerations listed here as a guideline for your own communication.
Over the last couple of years, advancements in technology have dramatically changed the way that all of us handle our finances and pay our bills. However, this does not apply to just phone bills, car payments, and online shopping. Technology has also changed the way people donate and tithe with their church.