There are three things that I believe every
church should do as they prepare their
web ministry to enter the new year.
These three things will help the church be
more effective and more efficient in how they
go about reaching the people that they serve,
and managing their resources.
The first thing every church needs to do as
she gets her web ministry ready to go into
the new year, is to create a backup of their
hard drive. Without a hard drive backup, if
something were to happen to the church
For instance, if someone breaks into the
church and steals it or if a fire occurs in
the building and damages it. Without a backup,
the church's financial records, donation
records, and contact records will be lost
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I personally like to use the cloud service
known as MOZY. Mozy allows you to back up
the church hard drive off-site by storing it
in the cloud.
Mozy – http://ifeelgod.org/go/mozy
This will kill two birds with one stone. Not
only have you backed up your hard drive,
but you have stored that backup away from
your physical facility. Should a fire or
flood occur your backup will be safe.
The second thing every church should do is
update their mail list. Mail lists are
important for churches to stay in contact
with their members AND financial supporters
The of Azuza Revival came to an end when
they lost control of their mail list. I
suggest that you update not only your
online mailing list, but also your Post
Office mailing list.
Simply ask all of your members and friends
to be sure that you have their correct
By the way, if you have never started a church
mail list, especially an online mail list, the
beginning of the year is a good time to start
one. Actually, there is no such thing as a bad
time to start one
There are a number of software solutions,
which would help churches big and small have
an effective communication service using
e-mail every month.
Read the booklet "How To Start A Church Mail List"
The final thing every church should do is
update the church's website. There are few
things worse than visiting a church's website,
because you're interested in the church, and
seeing and announcement for the revival that
ended six months ago. Visitors who encounter
this type of website rarely come back.
So, change the colors, change the pictures,
change the information. But make the site
There are generally three types of websites
that churches have:
The first is a Yellow Pages website. These
type of websites never change. And if you
have seen them once there is absolutely no
reason to visit again.
The second type of website is a magazine
style site. It may change semiannually or
quarterly, but it does not change very
frequently. These sites are better than
Yellow Pages sites, but not nearly as good as
our third type of site.
Our third type of site is a newspaper site.
These sites change daily, weekly or monthly,
but they change regularly. As a result, there
is always a good reason to return for a visit.
Well, there you have it those are the three
things I believe every church should do at
the beginning of the year.
1) Backup The Hard Drive
2) Update The Mail List
3) Spruce up and Update The Website
I am sure there are others that may come to
your mind, but at least start with these
God bless you. I'll see you again real soon.
and attract others
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