Lent is the perfect time to revitalize your online giving program as your parish enters into an intentional time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The mood shifts, church decorations change, parish events increase, and discipleship is on people’s minds. As parishioners consider ways to give sacrificially during Lent, here are four ways to engage your church and utilize your online giving program for the season.
Since the birth of our company in 1972, employees and customers have known us as Liturgical Publications. We began as a local company providing ad-supported printed products for our Catholic parish customers. Over the past several decades, our market has expanded considerably.
We are a national stewardship and communications leader, offering a broad suite of digital, print, and coaching products to our church customers. While the Catholic Church remains by far our largest non-profit customer segment, we now work with non-profits across a wide spectrum of sectors.
To best showcase the breadth of our offerings and customer base, as well as to better align with our corporate growth strategy, “Liturgical Publications” will now go to market simply as “LPi.” (more…)
“Is Stations of the Cross in the bulletin?” “Who submitted the invoice for the parish mission speaker? “The confirmation retreat is the weekend after Ash Wednesday. We can’t order pepperoni pizza for Friday! Change the order!”
If these concerns sound familiar to you, you might be a church employee! Lenten considerations look a little different if you’re on a parish staff. It can be easier to feel like Martha rather than Mary. But the Lenten invitation to conversion and sacrifice is extended to every person, even – and perhaps especially – when faith is your job. Read on for a few ways to enter into the season of Lent in your heart, not just on your ministerial to-do list. (more…)
Christmas and Easter may be your church’s busy days of the year, but Ash Wednesday is the busiest day for your parish website. Why? It makes sense if you think about it. Most parishioners know—or should!—when Easter or Christmas Masses take place. Typically these holidays follow the typical Saturday and Sunday Mass schedule, but not Ash Wednesday! This means parishioners and visitors will be looking one main place for their Mass time information—the parish website. (more…)
We live in a changing religious landscape. Areas that once featured a Catholic Church on every block now find themselves unable to support the infrastructure while suburban parishes boom and expand. New immigrant arrivals mean ethnically and linguistically diverse parishes. Newly ordained priests don’t always replace the numbers who retire.
In many dioceses, this means adaptability and collaboration on the part of the average parish. These collaborations often bring tensions between staff and parishioners, even perhaps the fear that one day a beloved parish will close or lose it’s unique identity.
So your church selected an online giving program and rolled it out to parishioners. Great! This was the right decision!
More than 50% of churches now offer online programs, up from 11% in 2011, and there is potential for your parish donations to increase by 30%. (more…)
For many parishioners at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Carmel, Indiana, “stewardship” was synonymous with fiscal generosity. On Saturday, January 20th, Tracy Earl Welliver led over ninety staff members and ministry leaders in a daylong immersive exploration of stewardship as a way of life.
With Catholic Schools Week right around the corner (January 28 – February 3), we celebrate what makes our parochial schools so great. Your parish school provides an excellent, well-rounded education with Jesus Christ at the center of it all. That’s something to celebrate! There are always new ways to learn, grow, and expand as a school:
- Field trips spanning multiple days or to more expensive locations
- New sports equipment for athletic teams
- Student life activities
- Academic or need-based scholarship funds
- Facilities updates for computer labs, theaters, libraries, gymnasiums, chapels, or sports fields
What happens to your parish brand identity when your parish collaborates or clusters with others? LPi’s Vice President of Marketing, Carin Winghart, shared best practice tips at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s G3 conference on Thursday, January 11th.
The conference was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Milwaukee, WI and drew attendees across ministerial lines, from pastors and DREs to business administrators and IT professionals. A changing religious landscape across the United States requires adaptability and collaboration on the part of the average parish. (more…)
In St. Augustine’s Confessions, he refers to God’s beauty as “ever ancient, ever new.” As Catholic churches, we pass on our rich heritage of tradition to the next generation. But in an ever-changing world, the Church challenges us to a New Evangelization, “new in its ardor, methods and expression.” We know that while technology isn’t the solution, it’s certainly an incredibly effective tool for engaging parishioners and inviting them to greater discipleship. So as we look ahead to 2018, here are some key Church technology trends to keep an eye on.