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Outsourcing Vs In-House IT Management of Your Church

Outsourcing Vs In-House IT Management of Your Church

The necessity of technology in church management has led to the dilemma of how to handle IT services. It is now easier for churches to manage donations, schedule meetings, manage their member database, transcribe messages and make travel arrangements. However, the dilemma remains whether to outsource or keep your IT management in-house. 

Knowing your God-given abilities will help you understand what to outsource and what to keep in-house. It is tempting to want to do everything yourself, but for your church to have a significant impact, you need help with the things you cannot do. The key is to balance what you keep in-house and what you outsource.  This article outlines five factors to keep in mind as you solve your dilemma.

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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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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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Why Churches Should Still Use Email

Why Churches Should Still Use Email

With the popularity of social media, email communication is looking outdated and ineffective in sending messages to members and visitors of your church. But is this the case? No. Churches should still use email to reach its members. Email is still relevant and still works quite effectively.

Here are a few reasons why churches can and should take advantage of this form of communication and use email to send information to members and visitors:

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