Getting Ready for Christmas

Now that Christmas is fast approaching, it is time to do some updating of your communication channels to get the word out.

  • Update your website with your service times for the Christmas season.  It is best to put them on your homepage so that people don’t have to search for them.  They should also be labeled as Christmas services so that they will not be confused with your regular worship services, even if they will happen at your usual service times.
  • Change the message on your answering machine, listing the types of services and service times for Christmas and Christmas Eve.
  • Post this same information on your churches’ Facebook page.
  • If you have an outdoor reader board, be sure to post the service times there as well.

There is one final thing that will need to be done after the Christmas services.  You need to remember to remove this information from the website, answering machine and reader board.  I would do this after the service is completed, but certainly no more than a day or two afterwards.  Leaving this information up for weeks and months afterwords does not help to project the image of your church to the outside world.

Church Management Software

I have been asked on occasion about church management software.  These are the software solutions that some churches use to track parish record keeping.  There are a number of different products out there, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.  Fortunately there is a site that has done a review of these.  Christian Computing does an annual roundup of software specific to churches.  The latest report from October 2009 can be found here.  Thanks to Kat Lehman from the Diocese of Bethlehem for the info.

A Few Terms to Get Started

Say what?  One thing I am noticing, as I start out on this project, is some confusion on terms that are used when talking about setting up a “presence on the web”.  In an effort to keep us all on the same page, as it were, here are my definitions of some terms that will be used fairly commonly in this blog.  It is not an attempt to “dumb down” this process, but we all come from different starting points.  If this site is going to be of any use, a common language will help make it accessible to all ranges of experience.  With that in mind, here are some terms and concepts that will be the building blocks for our work together.

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Introducing ECWW Blog!

Hello everyone!  We’re off and running with our first post.  The purpose of this blog is to support faith communities in exploring how the web and social networking can help them fulfill their mission.  My hope is that we will journey together and learn from each other as we spread the Good News into the 21st century.