Modern church management solutions are also improving usability, so all of these capabilities are available on your phone, and have drag and drop functionality so anyone can build reports or design sign-up forms for your website.

A COMMUNICATION TOOL

WHY: Keep your congregation up to date on everything going on outside of Sunday morning. You have announcements, worship, and sermon all packed into an hour every Sunday. All that information is going to be tough for your congregation to remember once they leave the building. Having a tool to send out updates to specific groups in your congregation is key to helping them continue to grow in their faith.

ALSO: YOUR WEB CONTENT CHECKLIST

Now, I am not telling you to spam your congregation! That would just be rude. Make sure there is real value in every communication you send out because if there isn’t, they will stop looking at the emails — and then you’re back to square one.

Bonus Points: Pairing this with an advanced church management solution allows you to segment your congregation so you can communicate with them on topics relevant to them, like sending youth group updates out to just parents of kids of youth group age! This allows you to keep the value high in every communication and personalized to individual community needs.

A FACEBOOK PAGE

WHY: I know, I know: you don’t need to hear another rant about how your church needs to be on Facebook. You know all the data about how everyone is on Facebook; it’s one of the most used platforms in the world. There are 168 hours in a week, and your average congregant spends one hour a week engaging with you during your weekend service. How can you stay connected to them during the other 167 hours? Utilizing social media to continue to lead your church throughout the week is an amazing free tool. This is a huge opportunity to not only engage your current congregation but also to grow your church. Facebook is a community tool, not a megaphone. Keep the conversation going after they walk out your church doors on Sunday. Call them to action, ask questions, and share success stories. Facebook allows your congregation to stay connected and encouraged throughout their week. Only 23-25 [percent] of Americans go to church [three] out of [eight] Sundays. Utilizing social media is the greatest tool to stay connected to those people the other 5 weeks they’re not in the auditorium. Facebook isn’t an afterthought; it’s a must for your church to continue to thrive in this digital age.

Bonus Points: Utilize Facebook groups to manage and interact with volunteers and subsets of your general congregation.

Technology is the greatest asset we have as a church to continue to nurture and grow the congregation. It’s also ever-changing, complicated, and, with so many options, difficult to know where to start. This checklist is your starting point. Whether your church is small or large, these five technologies will help you engage and grow your church. Make 2019 the best year your church has ever seen!

Who is Blackbaud?
Blackbaud Faith SolutionsTM equips congregations, ministries and faith organizations and of all types and all sizes to build vibrant, connected communities.  The Cloud Solution for Faith Communities is a flexible and scalable way to drive more effective ministry and deeper relationships, spanning relationship management, giving & fundraising, financial management, engagement & events, communications, analytics, and church management.

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