Why Bad People Love Your Church: Fraudsters and Online Giving

Why Bad People Love Your Church: Fraudsters & Online Giving

Your financial admins are ecstatic. When you walk into the office on Monday morning, you learn that your online giving program has earned you an unexpected boost in donations over the weekend. This is fantastic news! That is until you notice that all of these donations were made under suspicious-looking names like “Jane Doe” or “John Smith” — and none of them are for more than a few dollars. In short, you’ve just realized that you are the latest victim, an unwilling participant, in credit card fraud. But why would anyone come after you? Your mission is to make a positive impact, to help your members change the world. So why are you being targeted?

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6 Ways to Post Your Homily Online

Does your parish website serve as a news resource or staff directory? Tech-savvy pastors are harnessing online tools for communication and evangelization.

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Should Your Parish Use Instagram?

Should Your Parish Use Instagram?

There are 168 hours in a week. Your parish knows that less than one percent of that time is spent in the church. How can online communication and social media engage even further?

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4 Tips for a Smart Summer

This time of year, your staff takes vacations, and the parish office might close early on Fridays. With summer right around the corner, how can your parish make the most of it?

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Spreading the Good News on World Communications Day

The paper shows up on your doorstep. Your cell phone buzzes. A week’s worth of groceries is delivered. Communication technology is constantly evolving. Is your church keeping up?

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Online Communications for Divine Communication

May 3rd is National Day of Prayer! The country’s attention turns to the heavens, with prayer front and center. As a church, you plan to keep that focus long after this day is over.

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4 Reasons to Revisit a Parish App

Diversity. Mobility. Accessibility. For parishioners on the go, having access to information at their fingertips is a necessity. 95% of Americans own a cellphone, and for 77% of us, our smartphone allows us mobile access to any information needed. Millennials get roughly three-quarters  of their news from online sources. Most parishes have recognized the need […]

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Creating a Church Social Media Policy

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?

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Understanding Your Parish Data

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. […]

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Catholic Photos: 3 Ways to Find Images You Need

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 […]

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Is Your Church Website Mobile Friendly?

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. […]

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4 Ways to Revitalize Online Giving for Lent

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 […]

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Is Your Church Website Ready for Lent?

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 […]

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