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The Importance of Church Cybersecurity

The Importance of Church Cybersecurity

Cybercrime is a reality for everyone who uses the internet and who stores vital data online. Hackers are continually looking for secret information they can leverage for money or other gain from data owners. You may have thought your church does not have data to attract cybercriminals; however, it does! The cybersecurity of your church is paramount and deserves your attention.

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Five Tips for Tidying Up Your Church's Technology

Five Tips for Tidying Up Your Church's Technology
Many churches have migrated to using an online platform for their daily operations, which simplifies their tasks and improves the transparency of their activities. Technology has made it possible to digitize different functions of the church for better service delivery, better staff performance, and volunteer experience. With the added advantage of technology in your church operations, you still need to do an IT audit to ensure the integrity of your system. Get our five tips for tidying up your church's IT.
   
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Is Your Church Vintage?

Is Your Church Vintage?
Change is inevitable, and technology is continuously changing. Regardless if you are a digital dinosaur still using a flip phone, or early adopter with the latest apps on your iPhone 11, change is coming. A few years ago, I walked out of the Apple store a little embarrassed. My iPod Nano was beyond repair because it was deemed "vintage and "nearly obsolete" by an Apple Tech as my iPod Nano was over six years old. When recently sharing this story with a friend, my thoughts turned to the local American church. I began to wonder If the local church's intentional or unintentional resistance to change labeled them as "vintage and nearly obsolete."
 
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What Are Website Visitors Looking For?

What Are Website Visitors Looking For?
Visitors know little or anything at all about your church. Many of the 17 million non-churchgoers who visit your website silently check you out online want to know all there is to know about your church. When considering visitors visit your church website you want to provide content that makes it easy for them to know you. Consider the information they are seeking and answer their most pressing questions. Below are six things every visitor to your church website wants to know.
 
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Are You Looking at The Right Numbers?

Are You Looking at The Right Numbers?
According to the latest research, 17 million non-regular churchgoers visited church websites in the last 12 months, and 85% of all visitors to your church will visit your church's website before attending in person. Sadly, though many churches leaders accept mediocrity and believe having an "okay" website is enough. Sadly, 94% of people mistrust a website with poor design and 88% of all website visitors never return to the same website again if they have had a bad experience the first time.
 
Do not be like them; behind the testimony of your people, the website could arguably be the most important communication tool of your church. Do not dismiss your opportunity to be salt and light to a digital world. All of this sounds good, but you may be thinking to yourself, "I don’t have the time" which is likely a very true statement.
 
At MinistryCraft, we have the time and expertise; for the last 20 years, we have been serving churches in the area of website design, website management, and IT solutions. We love being part of something that changes lives and has Kingdom impact. We consider our work as worship to our Creator and a ministry to church leaders. It is our honor to help you further the cause of Christ by connecting more people to your church via your website, while freeing church leaders to focus more on ministry. Accepting mediocrity is not an option. Contact us today and let us put technology to work for you.
 
 

7 Ways Churches Can Use Social Media

7 Ways Churches Can Use Social Media
Social Media is no longer a “nice to have” tool but should be part of a church’s communication strategy. Church members get frustrated when they can’t get information about a church event and have to call the office or ask around after a service. If you post your information on Social Media, they can get it at their fingertips and even forward to others. Social Media enhances your communication and reach as a church considering most people spend hours there. You may wonder how to get your church onto Social Media and maintain your presence. Learn seven ways to effectively use social media to grow your church.
 
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Moving Beyond Sign-Up Sheets

Moving Beyond Sign-Up Sheets
Many churches today have an information desk on Sundays where members sign up for one ministry event or another. Each sign-up sheet has a church staff member helping people put down their contacts. They then capture the information into the church database for ease of reference. This is a duplication of the sign-up process. It is possible for your church to move beyond sign-up sheets to technology for registration. Technology has made it easy for churches to register their members for various ministry activities and easily access the information on their online database. They can also capture donations and print reports. Learn how your church can move beyond sign-sheets. 
 
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The 7 Secrets to an Effective “I’m New Here” Section

The 7 Secrets to an Effective “I’m New Here” Section
A critical piece to the best church websites and church website design is a entire section that welcomes people who are shopping church websites before they show up on your doorstep. The best church website builders already know providing a path for visitors to plan their visit is essential for connecting more people to their physical church. They want basic questions about your church answered before ever attending your church in person. In fact, the latest church website trends reveal that some churches have a landing page completely dedicated to just visitors. When exploring church website design, you will notice the churches that try to answer as many questions as they can about the experience they offer. You can create an informative and easy to navigate visitors’ page. There are secrets that will help you make your visitors' section outstanding. This will save you the hassle of a flock of visitors on your welcome desk wanting to know more about your church. We wanted to provide the 7 Secrets to an effective “I’m New Here” Section ideas for your church website.
 
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Is Your Website a Ghost Town?

Is Your Website a Ghost Town?
  • HBO’s smash hit show Chernobyl received 19 Emmy Awards, and due to the hit show  NBC News reports tourism has dramatically increased in the once Soviet small ghost town of Pripyat. The remains of the homes and businesses of the over 50,000 individuals serves as an eerily reminder of the nuclear meltdown that drove nearly all the residents away in less than 36 hours. National Geographic report “Ruin gazing” is nothing new—for millennia, people have been drawn to broken cities and toppled monuments, places of quiet contemplation that remind us of our own hubris and of the power of time.”, but what causes a ghost town and what are the potential similarities between it and your church website? 
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