Church and organizational life has big moments. These span campaigns, big events and such. Church calendars can include Easter, Christmas and other specific community drives. Those are usually times of disproportionate focus and attention. Some things in ‘normal’ church life make way for the campaign. And, teams across organizations have a single focus. Many of us can identify with the buzz–palpable excitement and expectancy.
The Internet isn’t going anywhere. As innovation, whatever that is, continues, it is how we use it that will keep changing. The challenge for churches and organizations is navigating the ever-shifting landscape. One of the areas the Internet changed how we communicate was through email. Blogs then came in. So much has changed in the blogosphere that has affected engagement. For churches that blogged, it might be time to rethink email. I’d like to suggest that making a shift back from blogging to email might make sense for some churches.
One of the foundations of the Christian faith is of God’s grace. It is how we get to have a real relationship with Him. Paul, one of the most prominent leaders and theologians of the early Church reminds us often. Following on, as Christ followers serving in the church we tend to emphasize, how God brings us to Himself. This we must celebrate. We must also remember that it goes further than that.
Budgets are, or should be, clear statements of intent. They’re a critical part of strategy execution. Your church cannot (or should never) run without them. I’m no finance expert but I can tell you that you don’t need money to draw up a budget. It is about what you want to accomplish and how. This is where strategy (what / end goal) and the means (how) come together. And, as with anything else in church life, church tech must never be left out in budgeting. Church tech budgeting, and this includes the expenditure, must never be an afterthought.
Every church should have a constant stream of new people through its doors. People exploring faith should feel welcome in our churches. Never get it twisted; everything about visitors is also in the core mission of the church. The church is one place that exists for people who are not yet in it. Thus, guests, visitors, VIPs or whatever you call them matter, a lot. Engaging visitors after they visit your church is important. It is core to the assignment Jesus gave his Church.
So, it matters that church websites are up to date. That they are not still encouraging people to attend that 2013 outing. It is also important that church websites reflect an experience at their church well. (Rethink those stock photos and videos.) Make sure that your church times, locations and other details are accurate.[Read more…] about Engaging Visitors After They Visit Your Church