Author:Brad West

I live in Palm Coast, FL with my family and have assisted my local parish with our website and communications. Our parishes today can benefit a great deal from technology. Whether it's improving communications, community building, evangelizing, business operations, and much more; we have the tools today. To help provide some direction and advice to parishes and parishioners, I wrote and published an eBook titled "The Connected Church" which is available through Barnes and Noble (Nooks and Nook apps) as well as Amazon (Kindle and Kindle apps).
  • http://marccardaronella.com Marc Cardaronella

    Nice ideas Brad. I like having positions in the official parish emails instead of names. Does take care of ownership issues. Perhaps a little less personal though. You are right about the owners of a social media account too. You have to create it with your own email. Using a parish based email could solve that problem. 

  • Lisa M. Hendey

    Brad, wow, thanks for adding several items to next week’s “to do” list…. as parish webmaster, I’m employed part time by my parish but work from home. Out of laziness, I tend to use my gmail account for many/most transactions, but your article has reminded me why I shouldn’t be doing this. Also, need to make sure my pastor gets all access. He hasn’t wanted it, but I’m going to make sure he has it just in case. Great stuff!

  • Mark Alves

    Parish email addresses are good ideas for church ministries and volunteers as well. These can be email aliases that forward to one or more accounts, but give the same benefits you mentioned of control and looking official. And if you have high turnover with your volunteers or if those addresses get shared widely across various sites then you don’t have to worry about tracking down those addresses. Instead, you forward the accounts to a different address or give someone else access.

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