No matter how hard you try to set and forget your church website, it will always need tweaks and updates. As design trends change, the life of your church moves forward, and your site gains traction, it’s inevitable that you will need to spend some time working through the details. What better time to do this than the end-of-the-year?
Who Did You Bless This Christmas? With Christmas quickly approaching, we wanted to take a moment to slow down and invite you in on something special. We want to provide you with the chance to gift a free Clover site to a church that you know could use it. Thanks to our amazing Clover customers, we have been able to give away lots of church websites! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We were so blessed by this and want to share some of the stories we heard from you.
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Now that the church is entering one of its busy seasons, it is time to double down and minister to your community through your website even more! Here are 3 ways that you can love your community through your website this holiday season.
In an attempt to teach my almost 3-year-old about thankfulness this year, I created a “Thankful Turkey.” Every day in November, we add a new feather to the turkey with something that he is thankful for. Currently, those include windows, excavators, and everyone in the family except Mommy (of course). Sometimes, just like my son, your congregation needs to be reminded of the things God has given to them, and that there are people who are going without those very things they take for granted. This is where a church website Giving Tuesday campaign comes in.
Building a church website can feel like a huge, overwhelming task. Not only do you need to make decisions about which platform to use, what your church website goals are, and what the design needs to look like, but somehow you have to figure out what church website pages to include too.
This might come as a shock, but our world has gone digital on everything from grocery shopping to exercise (still trying to figure this one out)! This creates a unique opportunity for churches. Church websites are a great place to start, but why not kick it up a notch and start a church podcast to promote on that website, too?
Imagine yourself in this position: you are new to the area and looking for a church to visit. As you look through several church websites, you click through the pages trying to get a feel for who that church is and what programs they have available for your family. As you click on the staff page, what are you expecting to see? What do you hope to get out of this page?
Scripture makes it clear that we are to go out and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). In an increasingly digital world, we can now use a variety of resources to pursue this mission online. Church live streaming is a powerful tool that can support your church’s efforts to share the Gospel.
No matter where you stand on technology and the church, there’s no denying the fact that technology has the power to connect with people beyond Sunday mornings. In fact, according to a study by Barna, more than half of Bible readers use the internet (55 percent) or a smartphone (53 percent) to access Biblical texts. Not only that, but almost 85 percent of churches use Facebook, according to Lifeway Research. Knowing this raises the question, what can you do as a church to use this same church technology to improve member engagement?
Who doesn’t love when a new feature gets released? Anytime something you love gets improved is a good thing (unless you are talking about how Facebook and Twitter look, then don’t change anything or people will riot!). Here at Clover, our development team has offered a buffet of new features to the Greenhouse that you will want to keep in the “tips and tricks” section of your brain!