Chances are in every diocese this year, at least one of each diocese’s parishes will suffer from a catastrophic data loss. I’m sure you’ve heard a similar story: a hard drive crash, spilled coffee or even theft and the all important PC or MAC with the parish’s Church Management System, QuickBooks files, census data, and/or [...]
I just ran across Church Info, which bills itself as an Open Source Church Management Software. This would be a huge development in the Church Management System world. I’d love to talk to a church or two that’s using this product, does anyone know of a church using this software? If so, please add a [...]
Brad West uncovered this. Its a great how to guide for using Facebook. Its geared for all non-profits, but very applicable to Catholic Churches. Well worth the read. Help tell your story and build a lasting relationship with your parishioners.
I love Open Source technologies as so do many church website administrators. Open Source Content Management Systems (CMS) such as WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal can be used to build some very nice church websites and for very low cost. Besides the robustness and easy of use of these CMSs, one of their other key benefits [...]
One of the most common fundraisers you see within a church, particularly if there’s a school associated with the church, is the Scrip table at the back church after Mass. Scrip is a simple concept that does indeed earn money for your church but can require a lot of volunteer effort. It also comes with [...]
One of the things that bothers me nowadays is when I hear an announcement, or read one, that says “Visit our website for more information.” That’s great, but where on the website? In fact, have you ever asked the person who says it or wrote it where to go on the website? In almost all [...]
If you’ve ever had anyone wonder if your parishioners are ready to adopt technology or technology is really needed within your church, show them these pictures below. Below are two pictures from St. Peter’s square, the first right before the election of Pope Benedict XVI and the second taken last week just prior to the [...]
“When the smoke goes up, you’ll know what’s going down.” If you want to be notified via email or text message as soon as the white smoke appears, sign up on Pope Alarm, a service provided by Focus. You can also follow Pope Alarm on Facebook and Twitter. Such a great idea!
I thought I’d share a few great resources I’ve come across relating to Pope Benedict XVI’s departure as pontiff. Please add any you’ve seen in the comments!
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I’m amazed at how little the annual appeal process has changed in the churches and dioceses I’m familiar with. Here’s how the typical process works… About this time of year parishioners (sometimes just past donors to save on mailing costs), receive a letter from their church and later a separate letter from their diocese. The [...]
If you’ve ever talked to anyone about a website for your parish, you’ve probably heard the term ‘Search Engine Optimization’ or just SEO come up. You may have even had people call you to tell you they can “get you on the front page of Google” . . . for a fee. I am often [...]
Christmas and Easter may be your church’s busy days of the year, but Ash Wednesday is your church websites’s busiest day. It actually makes sense if you think about it. Most parishioners know (or should!) when Easter Sunday mass is and Christmas masses tend to follow the typical Saturday and Sunday mass schedule, but not [...]