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Posted on January 2, 2019 8:00 AM by Faith Sites
Categories: General
Every week, the pastor and worship teams spend a significant portion of their week preparing for the service on Sunday.  That day, each party only has about an hour to pour out their soul to the congregation.  After that, the sermon is often forgotten about unless it is recorded.

Live recordings are beneficial to the ministry as they provide a way to preserve services.  With the convenient storage that church websites offer, church members can revisit a particular point in the sermon they didn’t understand when the sermon was being delivered.  Here are a few other benefits.
 
Work On Improving Issues

When you record services, those leading the worship can go back and watch so they easily notice the areas where improvement is needed.  Perhaps members of the choir should harmonize better during songs or the pastor isn’t using adequate body language to get the message across.  These are just some of the issues that can be solved with recording services.
 
Correct Errors With Constructive Criticism

Many people get irritated when others say they’re doing something wrong and usually continue to think their way is correct.  For instance, if one of the choir members is going off key on some songs, they might be upset when you point that out to them after the service.

When you have a recording, you can prove it to them and work together as a team to come up with ways to solve the problem.  You could listen to the best parts and praise each other while discussing what to uphold and what to change.
Recording a church service not only helps to reveal issues and highlight opportunities for growth but it also captures moments worth revisiting.  Furthermore, many ministries are using church websites to share memorable services and this works remarkably well for spreading the Gospel.  If you haven’t recorded your services, consider it in the near future so your ministry improves every year and attracts more potential members.
Posted on December 24, 2018 8:00 AM by Faith Sites
Categories: General
As a church leader, you likely have many financial tasks to handle from approving expenses to reimbursing your staff and collecting the receipts.  In most churches, leaders are wondering how to ease the workload and simplify the process.  Fortunately, technology is transforming how finances are recorded and you could benefit significantly from the tools it has to offer.  The following tips will help you manage your ministry’s expenses better.
 
Mobile Apps

Like ministry websites, mobile apps offer your church a convenient and reliable means of communication, allowing members to contact one another from anywhere and at any time.  When volunteers are on a mission, you can track their transactions in real time and approve or decline them without delay.  As a result, this efficiency goes a long way towards saving money.
 
Prepaid Cards

If you have ever asked volunteers to use their own money with a promise to refund it later, then you probably know how inefficient that can be and it puts a strain on their finances.  Credit cards might seem like a good option but they have issues as well such as missed payments, fees, and the potential for some users to abuse them.  The best solution would be to use prepaid cards and monitor the expenses closely with a mobile app.
 
Ministry Websites

Having to use letters, text messages, and other conventional methods of communication not only consumes time but it can also cost more than using modern methods.  If you have a general message you want to relay to members, post it on the ministry website and keep encouraging your congregation to follow the website for updates.

Additionally, consider bringing a copy of your expenses to one place using cloud-based financial integration software.  These tools offer a quick and reliable means of controlling your church finances and since they’re cloud-based, the church saves time and money!
Posted on December 12, 2018 8:00 AM by Faith Sites
Categories: General
A church may attract many visitors on Sunday but if it doesn’t have a system in place for converting new attendees into members, the congregation might remain relatively small.  When growing a congregation, the focus should be more on engagement rather than increasing attendance numbers.  Assimilation is one of the best strategies in that regard and is often forgotten about.  Here is how to grow your congregation through member assimilation.
 
Invitation

Obviously, you need to get people to visit your church before you start assimilating them.  Some ministries do that by publishing targeting posts on church websites and social media or ask members to invite their friends.
On a Sunday service, make sure you have greeters give new visitors a warm welcome and answer any questions as thorough as possible.  Also, consider collecting the contact details of visitors and offer them a welcome packet to help them learn more about your ministry after they leave.
 
Engagement

In most cases, visitors stay isn’t solely due to them being given a warm welcome but also because the church goes above and beyond.  Therefore, after the service, ask if they can stay for a few minutes and show a genuine interest in getting to know them.  Discuss their interests and try connecting them with their neighbors or suggest that they fellowship together.

Whether you’re asking a visitor to join the choir or to fellowship with their neighbors, never rush them into making a decision.  Instead, allow the visitor to move at their own pace and introduce them to people they can reach out to when they need assistance.
 
Contribution

Once visitors have transitioned into active members, continue to engage them by delegating important tasks that they enjoy.  Some tasks to consider include teaching a class, organizing mission trips, and heading the choir.  Members require varying amounts of time to assimilate and it’s up to the church to study each member and take care of them appropriately.  Church websites, social media platforms, and prayer groups are just a few outlets you can use to grow your congregation.
Posted on December 4, 2018 8:00 AM by Faith Sites
Categories: General
As much as the Christmas season is a time to be merry and connect with each other, it also involves tiresome activities such as buying gifts and putting up decorations.  Throughout December, many church leaders have to juggle tasks and this leaves them feeling exhausted.  But does it have to be that way?  Below are a few strategies you can use to reduce your workload and stress.
 
Seek Assistance From A Professional

Are you looking to change your church website design in order to match the Christmas mood?  This is a great time to have a website designer take over since you’ll have better results and reduce your tasks.  You could also hire a professional for other duties, including setting up the decorations and sending out invitation cards.  If your budget allows it, the goal is to delegate as many tasks as possible.
 
Make Arrangements Well In Advance

Did you know there are churches that begin making Christmas plans as early as five months in advance?  If you’re planning to have a dinner after the Christmas service, it’s only wise to choose a caterer well in advance since waiting might result in a higher price.  Likewise, supplies are usually cheaper if you buy them before the Christmas season.
 
Examine Your Inventory

Of course, church members are looking forward to Christmas day, and they expect the service and the event afterwards to be flawless.  During this time, you should consider all situations you could face, such as a power failure, and have solutions in mind to ensure the event still takes place.

Christmas is just around the corner so use the remaining time to prepare your service and decorations.  With a variety of tasks to do, it would be beneficial if you hired a professional to change your church website design to suit the season.  As a result, church members can devote their free time to putting up the tree, lights, and other decorations needed for Christmas day.
Posted on November 21, 2018 8:00 AM by Faith Sites
Categories: General
Ministry websites, social media, and direct mailing are communication platforms that feature varying preferences with different age groups.  Text messaging, in contrast, is a channel that almost everyone with a mobile phone uses.  If you have an urgent or important message to share with the congregation, texting is one of the best ways to inform them.  Here are the top benefits of texting for your church that you should keep in mind.
 
Cost & Time Efficiency

Any church that is on a tight budget could benefit a great deal from text messaging as it provides a means of connecting with members.  The reason for this is that it’s far cheaper than other methods like printing fliers or sending direct mail.
With some plans, you might only pay a few dollars to send texts to a congregation of a thousand people.  Again, consider the aspect of saving time where you want to pass a general message, because all you have to do is create one text then select all your contacts and send it.
 
Quick Reach During Emergencies

Texting is without a doubt one of the surest ways of reaching your congregants especially when there’s a situation that needs their immediate attention.  In case there’s a fire accident, a looming natural disaster or any other emergency, texting is the best way to inform your church members about it.
 
Live Polls

Some churches conduct special live sermons where the congregants are allowed to air questions through text messages about the concepts of the speaker.  Not only is this an excellent way of getting questions and responding to them quickly but it also serves as a method of finding out how many members are engaged.

Aside from using ministry websites, texting may be the most inexpensive, fast, and effective way to connect with your congregation.  When it’s used in conjunction with other communication platforms, you have a greater chance of spreading the gospel while marketing your church more efficiently!
Posted on November 12, 2018 8:00 AM by Faith Sites
Categories: General
Technology benefits the church in many ways and the internet makes it possible for people from all over to discover your ministry.  For instance, church websites are being used to spread the gospel and social media is proving to be very helpful for uniting believers through prayer.  This article highlights several reasons why it’s a great idea to put your prayer requests on Facebook and other social media platforms.
 
Allow Others To Feel Helpful

One way in which Christians grow in faith is by doing prayers for each other.  People of faith want to feel like they’re making a difference and typically respond to prayer requests on Facebook.  When they do, most church members no longer feel helpless but rather get a strong feeling that they’ve helped a fellow congregant.
 
Stronger Unity

It might seem like some of the prayer requests on Facebook get very little reaction from churchgoers but the truth is that many believers are out there and ready to pray for others.  Prayers create unity among believers as they work towards a common goal and this can greatly boost faith.
 
Increased Devotion To Prayer

Many Christians know they should pray often but don’t, mostly because it doesn’t create any commitment.  If you want to enliven your prayer life, one effective way would be to pray for other people.  After praying for those who are part of the congregation, check to see who have posted prayer requests on Facebook.
 
Better Response To Prayer Requests

A church that looks to achieve growth needs to keep members informed on how they should respond to prayer requests.  Start by reading the post and observing the comments of others then remember the responses you see from believers and employ them in the future.

While church websites and video sharing platforms like YouTube remain the best channels for spreading the gospel on the internet, social media is the most effective outlet for prayer requests to be answered.  Encourage church members to post prayer requests on Facebook as it not only improves unity among them, but it helps the ministry attract new members.
Posted on November 1, 2018 8:00 AM by Faith Sites
Categories: General
Many churches strive to improve communication and they often think it takes an extravagant church website design or a new tech trend used by another church.  Instead, this is a process more about taking the necessary steps that lead to growth.  In order to achieve ministry growth, you need to assess what works for your church and make adjustments along the way.  Here is how to evaluate the effectiveness of your communication strategy and tech programs accordingly.
 
Are They Changing Lives Positively?

When implementing a new social media trend, church website design, or any other form of communication technology, your main goal is to make a positive impact.  In that regard, you aim to help non-believers know and accept Christ while enabling other Christians to grow into mature disciples.  Aside from looking at the change in behavior among your congregation, you should also evaluate the results periodically.
 
Simple Counting

If your communication efforts are effective, that should reflect in the attendance numbers on Sunday and during special events.  Once you’ve created systems to inform people about your services and other events at your church, keep track of the results.  When your strategies are working, members will be more eager to attend and engage online.
For instance, look at the specific actions that you took to create awareness about an event and ask church members how they learned about it.  You could ask people to raise their hands or answer a simple survey; you may be surprised how many of them cooperate.
 
Monitor Your Return On Investment

Communication technology might cost you a significant amount but what matters is the return on investment.  The ROI can be assessed by looking at the change in church attendance, the increase (or decrease) in members, and the willingness of members to volunteer or offer tithes.  If your ministry is seeing less than stellar results, maybe it’s time to reconsider your communication strategy.
Posted on October 22, 2018 8:00 AM by Faith Sites
Categories: General
Ministry websites are vital for reaching an unlimited audience throughout the world, but a strong social media presence is essential in order to make a big impact among the youth.  If you are having trouble understanding how to leverage social media to benefit your church, you should consider networking with people that do.  These tactics from the younger generation should help you build and maintain a strong presence on social networks.
 
Follow The Trend But Stay Relevant

Most trends develop quickly these days and you might get left behind if you’re not quick to understand them.  For instance, memes have risen into some of the best ways to engage the youth.  However, in your endeavors to keep up, make sure you maintain a balance as you shouldn’t overuse a trend.  The first step is to know what your audience likes and ensure your message never gets lost while staying relevant.
 
Consistency Is Key

Facebook, Instagram, and other social platforms are very effective when you want to connect with a large audience.  Yet, unless you post frequently, your following will easily dwindle and your church’s presence won’t have a substantial impact in the end.  For that reason, consider posting at least twice a week and answer comments in a helpful way.
 
Be Persistent

As with any other marketing platform, you should never expect to see benefits immediately after implementing a social media plan.  Before you gain thousands of followers or subscribers, you need to strategize and realize this is a process that will take time.

Most churches are linking their social media profiles to their ministry websites.  That way, they enable followers on social media to find out about their ministry quickly and conveniently.  Even if you have a large following on social media, listen to what the younger generation recommends as it could lead to more followers and help the congregation grow!
Posted on October 15, 2018 8:00 AM by Faith Sites
Categories: General
Good church websites contain content that both the members and visitors find useful.  If your website doesn't inform the reader where they can find your church or how to contact you, then it won’t be very useful to them and your traffic will diminish.  Here’s a checklist of the essential items that all church websites should have in order to see great results.
 
Faith Statement

People that may want to associate with your church, like potential members, want to know first what you believe in to see if it coincides with their beliefs.  You could write your faith statement as part of your About Us section.  However, ensure the statement is easy to understand and welcome everyone who is reading it to visit your ministry.
 
Location

When a new Christian in your area is interested in joining your church, you should make it as easy as possible for them to find it.  Thus, be sure to have a clear address description that includes the street and also a postal address in case someone wants to send you mail.  Additionally, if you want to make it really clear for people to get to your church, implement a Google map into the website.
 
Services

On the services page, describe the weekly services for new visitors to know the specific days and times so they never miss out on hearing a sermon.  Other services like counseling sessions or baptisms might seem trivial but they need to be included if they’re held on a regular basis.
 
Announcements

Sometimes making detailed announcements during the service can be time-consuming and boring for the congregation.  But, a page that is dedicated to posting announcements can solve the problem.  If you have an upcoming event or plan to expand the church, that’s where the information should go.  As a general rule, try to keep the content on your church website simple by using easy words and don’t hesitate to include pictures or videos to show your worship teams in action.
Posted on September 27, 2018 8:00 AM by Faith Sites
Categories: General
Like a great church website design, the right social media strategy can help you engage and keep your online audience.  Even though many churches try to engage their followers, they are unsuccessful and this is often because they mainly publish self-promoting posts or use the wrong techniques.  If you’re struggling to improve your social media presence, the following tactics should be helpful to your ministry.
 
Information

Before you turn to social media and update your followers about the ministry, consider how each message will be perceived.  When you always post about your services, you might give the impression that you only want to promote the church.  As a result, engagement could slowly dwindle and your social media presence might suffer.

Instead, post valuable information on how you’re changing the community as a whole.  Likewise, offer constructive solutions so you come across as a church that truly cares.  That way, you not only engage your followers but also attract the attention of other people on social media.
 
Celebration

Perhaps you have a great worship session or some unique counseling service that brings families together using a new approach.  Rather than telling people to join so they too can enjoy the benefits, it might be better to just celebrate the achievements.  Once people think about the many wonderful experiences they could have, they won’t need to be lured to your church as they will come on their own.
 
Inspiration

Inspire your followers with quotes from famous authors and scripture.  The best approach is to use thought-provoking messages that make people want to voice their opinions.  For instance, you could talk about procrastination and use a new perspective to help your followers deal with it.

If you want to enhance your social media presence, it will require effort, patience, and persistence.  Publish posts on a regular basis but don’t overwhelm your audience with too much information.  Additionally, ensure your church website design is exquisite so people have a good impression of your ministry when they follow a link on social media.
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