The weekly bulletin. A staple in parish life, it’s been used for years to form and inspire parishioners and visitors alike to dive deeper into Catholic life. But in a world that’s becoming increasingly digital, churches need to find new ways to keep the bulletin relevant.
As a parish, you may be hard-pressed to find reliable content to update your website on a regular basis. That is why an RSS feed is so valuable to parishes wishing to make their website a place where people can go to be formed in the Catholic faith and stay up to date about their faith community.
We need to be intentional with our efforts to grow our church, and that includes gathering data to see if we can work with the trends we discover. We need to move out of the “hoping, dreaming, and wishing” mindset, and instead focus on who — and most importantly, who is not — coming to our parish.
In our increasingly digitalized society, more work is being done online — even in your vibrant parish. While some information may still need to be stored on-site in local hard drives, cloud storage provides some clear benefits for your parish office.
Email phishing scams are getting more sophisticated every day, using familiar sender names and other information to lower their targets’ defenses and make them more likely to become victims. The best way to not fall for these scams is to remain vigilant, always verify, and to think before you click.
When it comes to choosing the best online giving platform for your parish, there is a vast array of choices out there. From ones that specialize in specific parish giving, to nonprofits, to businesses — the choices are endless. When faced with so many selections, parishes should focus on what they really need in a giving platform.
When your parish app is synced with your parish website, you can provide accurate information and dynamic engagement for your parishioners. What are you waiting for? Is your parish app integrated yet?
While database maintenance should be a “more than once a year” priority, it rarely — if ever — is. While you’re “Spring Cleaning” your homes and offices, you should also consider tidying up your digital files. Cleaning and updating your parish data is essential to maintaining your vibrant parish.
According to a 2018 Radicati Group study, there will be more than 3.8 billion email users before the start of 2019, over 100 million more than the previous year. In other words, over half of the entire planet uses email right now. If your parish has yet to collect parishioner emails, or are doing it half-heartily, now is the time to jump into it.
We often think about our parishioners stewarding their time, talent, and treasure. But what about us stewarding our donors?