As your church delves further into social media, the question of policies will inevitably surface. If your church does not yet have a social media policy, now is the time to write one! So why do you need one, how do you start, and how do you use it prudently?
The Finance Council meeting is upon you. Budgets are examined, compelling cases for more funding are reviewed, and special projects are discussed. When it comes time to increase your offertory or raise money for a particular project, all too often we focus on the numbers and the hard facts. These are true realities! Your church has staff to pay. Your church has a boiler that needs to be replaced. But your church also has a mission, and it has a story — hundreds of them, in fact! Learn why stories impact us, and discover ways your parish can harness the power of storytelling.
Posted on March 29, 2018 by Anna Carter - Catholic Tech Talk
What percentage of parishioners are involved in an established ministry?
Who in the parish is safe environment certified?
Religious education enrollment is in decline, but baptism numbers are increasing. What’s going on?
Parish life is unfolding all around you. Families join the parish. Visitors come and go. Ministries thrive or founder. Donations ebb and flow. Behind each of these movements are hundreds, even thousands of data points. Behind each data point is a story.
Posted on March 15, 2018 by LPi - Catholic Tech Talk
Incorporating photography into your parish communications enhances your message and inspires your parishioners. But where should the images come from? Google has made many things easy for us, but simply typing “church pictures” and using what you find might not be ethical. Since 1989, copyright is presumed on all creative works, which includes photography. The Church has taught for centuries that a laborer has a right to his or her work. With a little know-how, it’s easy to find great images that respect the rights of the artists.
Posted on March 1, 2018 by LPi - Catholic Tech Talk
Did you know that about 47% of online traffic is from mobile devices? And that online searches rank differently 80% of the time between mobile and desktop? The answer lies in one aspect of Google’s search algorithm. It ranks mobile friendly websites more favorably than websites that don’t adapt to browsing on smartphones and tablets. How does your church website hold up?
Posted on February 15, 2018 by LPi - Catholic Tech Talk
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.
Posted on February 1, 2018 by LPi - Catholic Tech Talk
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…)
Posted on January 22, 2018 by LPi - Catholic Tech Talk
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…)
Posted on January 18, 2018 by LPi - Catholic Tech Talk
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
When it comes to fundraising, moving things online to your parish WeShare account can help! (more…)
Posted on January 4, 2018 by LPi - Catholic Tech Talk
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.