Tools for Churches

Tools for Churches

by Thea Mangels, Office Manager & News Editor

Are you looking for a better way to get things done in your church office?  Here are some tools that may help:

Scheduling:

Ministry Scheduler Pro - This program features a cloud database into which you can enter information on all of your volunteers (what ministries they volunteer for, which services they prefer to serve at, how regularly they like to serve, if they wish to serve with their family members, ...).  It will allow you to create 3 months worth of schedules, and it will create automatic e-mail reminders which it will send out for you.  It will also allow your volunteers to contact possible subs if they become unavailable to serve for a shift (the e-mail would go only to those volunteers who are available).  This program starts at $225 plus $10 per month after the first six months for updates and support.  For more about this program, click here

ChurchScheduler - This program has many of the features of Ministry Scheduler Pro, it allows you to schedule families to serve together, it saves preferences on how often people serve, and which services they serve at.  What it does not do is generate e-mails or allow for substitutions within the program.  On the other hand, this program is $29.  For more information about this program, click here.

Sign up Genius - This program is webbased.  It allows you to enter all of your volunteer information, and create spaces for each volunteer needed.  You can then assign people, or leave empty spaces and allow them to volunteer themselves.  This program will send automated emails.  It will also export to Microsoft Excel.   Another exciting feature of this program is that it will allow for text or calendar reminders for volunteers who have phones that are compatible with this feature (and choose to set it up).  It is even set up to work with social media, which would allow your Eucharistic Minister to share that he/she is serving next week on his/her Facebook page with one simple click.  Best of all, this program is free.  For more information about Sign up Genius for churches, click here

Bulletins:

The Episcopal Church Bulletin Inserts - The Episcopal Church Office of Communications offers seasonal weekly bulletin inserts with in formation about the history, music, liturgy, mission, and ministry of the Episcopal Church. The bulletin inserts come in both full and half sizes to allow a greater number of churches to incorporate them into their worship.  Click here to view available inserts. 

Inserts from the Office of the Bishop - Periodically the communications team puts together bulletin inserts about events or ministries in our diocese.  You can find them either in the "Press Room" of the event, or on the Church Accounting page of our website under Administrative Resources.  Click here for more information. 

Communications Tools:

Church Marketing Tools - On May 9, the [Sewanee] School of Theology's contextual education program and the office of communications and marketing co-hosted a workshop with the Rev. Jake Dell, senior manager of digital marketing and advertising in the Episcopal Church's Office of Communication. The workshop covered the most effective ways to communicate with your targeted audience.  You may download handouts from the workshop, click here for a list of resources.

Norcalepiscopal/communications - As a direct result of our Strategic Communications Plan, diocesan communications is working to provide a number of resources to help you build, maintain & strengthen your congregation's communications. Listed at www.norcalepiscopal.org/communications, you will find information & resources to cover a wide range of topics to help build and support your communications.

Norcal Episcopal Communicators (Facebook) - A way to connect with those in our diocese responsible for communication at the congregation level, to share new and exciting ways to rev up those communications, and to support each other along the way!  Click here for more information, and to join in our latest Facebook discussion!

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Kim Kreth wrote:
Unfortunately, only one of the links (Tips for Marketing Church) at the Sewanee site (Church Marketing Tools)open into a useable format.

Fri, August 3, 2012 @ 8:46 AM

2. Thea Mangels wrote:
Of the Sweanee workshop resources, several of them are PowerPoint presentations, one is a Word document, and 2 are webpages.

Fri, August 3, 2012 @ 8:51 AM

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