Youth OC News / The Status / 2014-03-06 from The Youth OC on YouTube.
This is an excellent example of the power of creativity overcoming the limitations of a low budget. This YouTube-inspired announcement video was created by Abigail Ogas for their youth service at The Church OC. Using only an iPhone and two apps (iMovie and FiLMiC Pro), she singlehandedly produced it from concept to completion.
A friend of mine who shared this on Facebook said something really powerful about it. “Success is not about your resources, it’s about how resourceful you are.” These are great words to keep in mind as you work in ministry!
Keep up the great work, guys!
Giving is a integral part of every church. Outside of personal, one-on-one evangelism, it takes money to make ministry happen. While tithes and offerings are important, I’ve always been passionate about keeping the “big ask” on Sundays from being awkward. One of the best ways to keep things from feeling weird is by providing options for givers outside of the traditional collection plate. By providing online giving terminals on your website or even giving kiosks in your lobby, you meet the needs of those who don’t regularly carry cash or checks.
However, the best giving method that I’ve seen comes through a new service called Kindrid. It allows your congregation to give to your ministry via text messaging. Speaking as a millennial (the champions of awkwardness), I can tell you that this is not only convenient for my generation, but also feels much less obtrusive than a plate/bucket being passed down the row. As we move forward into a world where individuals rarely carry cash, but never leave home without their iPhone, this is a route your church should probably consider.
Find out more about Kindrid here.
How does your church accept donations?
Intro to Kindrid from Marc McMurrin on Vimeo.
How To Give via TEXT from Marc McMurrin on Vimeo.
One of the most important parts of a church’s media is their website. In 2014, this is the front door of your church and you can guarantee that people are going to judge your ministry based on your site. You may have an awesome worship set and epic sermon planned, but if a newcomer first sees a ragamuffin website, they’ll never darken your doorway to hear them.
A lot of you already understand the importance of a quality website, but have had a hard time finding a designer. In fact, that’s one of the most frequent questions that hits our inbox at TCP. Because a custom website requires a lot of hours and hard work, they’re usually too costly for church budgets. Instead, I would recommend using a ministry-minded, template-based company where you can still get a great looking site for a low price.
Here are five companies to check out for your church’s website:
Sharefaith Church Websites V3 Demo from Sharefaith Support on Vimeo.
FaithConnector.com – $250 one time fee + $54/mo or $540/yr
FaithConnector Church Websites from Faithconnector on Vimeo.
Ekklesia360.com – $500 one time fee + $60/mo or $648/yr
Ekklesia 360 Total Church Web Solution from Monk Development, Inc. on Vimeo.
Clover 60 Second Video from Clover on Vimeo.
BridgeElement Demo Video from Bridge Element on Vimeo.
Do you use any of these companies? How do you like them?