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Building a Vibrant Parish - TP0614
Transcript of Building a Vibrant Parish - TP0614
Engage more parishioners using communication and technology
Ways to Become an Engaging Church
...Inside and Outside
Make it Clear
Where to Park
Ways to Become a Welcoming Church
in the Mission
“Find new ways to spread
the word of God to every
corner of the world.”
-Pope Francis I
“From our humble beginnings,
the church has always found
ways to communicate the
Gospel message through
any and all means available.”
of churchgoers say that
the church website was
to very important”
in their decision
to attend their current church.
of people visiting church
websites are checking mass times.
If they can’t find them easily
...they’re not coming.
Content - Updated
A Page for
Connect to Your
Be a part of this.
Help Us Grow.
Sign Up Today!
Tell Your Friends!
Your Website Should be a
Not Just a Website
Auto Bulletin Upload
Catholic Gift Shop
Easy to navigate
RSS feeds and blogs
Ongoing Customer Support
Tips and Tricks
Presenter Notes can be here, just below, next to or above the active slide.
Reuters report that churches
who add online giving increase
their overall collections from
10 to 30 percent
What could your church
with 30% more in giving?
Easy event signups
Easy to create
Link to any giving opportunity
Embed entire site
Sign-up made easy
Donate in minutes
Full account management
Easy to use
ACH, Credit & Debit
An online church communication tool
for your church
Calendars, Bulletins, Magazines, Cover Service, etc.
Where do I go
The Four Signs of a
Fr. Michael White and
Immaculate Heart of Mary:
St. Thomas More:
Church of the Nativity:
Holy Name of Jesus:
Here's a book
to get you started.
Manage all of your member
and ministry programs/information
in one place
Committee, volunteer, and event management:
Parish and group leaders can create events and volunteer opportunities that include the date, time, and organizer contact information. Parishioners can register for events, volunteer, or purchase tickets.
E-mail list management:
e-mail list management for parishioners who participate in committees, events, and groups. Parishioners decide how often they would like
to receive e-mail updates only from the groups they belong to.
Real-time online directory:
Utilize an interactive support system for an online directory with your members’ e-mail, address, and phone numbers. Parishioners will find updating profiles user-friendly, allowing them to keep data current.
Secure media sharing:
Unlike other sites
that take ownership of photos and videos, WeGather protects members’ uploaded media. Members control visibility of their own photos
or videos through groups, providing a safe
and private area to share memories within
Integrate your WeGather network with WeShare online giving to provide an easy solution for dinners, auctions, ticket purchases, event fees, program registration, and recurring donations.
How did I get here?
You’ve heard about the 80/20 rule right?
80% of the work is done by 20% of the people
How does this apply in the Catholic Church?
of registered parishioners
80% of the volunteer hours
of registered parishioners
80% of financial contributions
Source: “Ref: Center for
Applied Research in the
Apostolate & The Dynamic
So what would happen
if you could engage
...just 1% more?
The bulletin has limited space.
The web is unlimited.
70% of Americans
own a smartphone
42% of Americans own a tablet
51% of Americans over 55 own a smartphone
28% of those over 55 own a Tablet
Update your site
to individual pages
or to sections of the site
Our Lady of the Pines:
Word on Fire:
Salt + Light:
National Catholic Register:
The Practicing Catholic:
Catholic Tech Talk:
Rebuilt Author Father Michael White:
Word on Fire:
Before They Set Up an Account
Now we often hear about
all the things Catholics
are doing wrong.
Here are some things
we’re doing right:
just 1% more
of Catholics were doing these things,
we could change the world.
And you can start by
changing your church
using every tool at your
to engage and
where should you begin?
every single week
Keep Your Bulletin Cover
Get creative and highlight church ministries
Use Your Bulletin
Provide engaging content and showcase ministries, events, and more
Use high-quality images that connect with your message
How Can You
Keep people connected to the church and community
How Can People in Your Parish
Your Community Has to Offer?
How Can You
Feel More at Home
in Your Parish?
How Can Your Church
Be in Front of
Engage and inspire every day of the year
Use Image Awareness
Parishioners need to
communication from the parish
Every Printed Communication
= Brand Recognition
(Make it easier for parishioners to know it’s from you)
What should I keep consistent?
- Logo - Colors - Fonts - Look & Style
Art & Media Portal
Over 37,000 items to choose from:
An ever-growing collection of covers, clip art, and content to help brighten your bulletin.
At least two new bulletin covers every week
Illustrations for Sunday readings with matching art
Gospel reflections and weekly readings in English and Spanish
Weekly children’s bulletin with puzzles, lessons, and more
Seasonal and special event clip art for any occasion
Why do I have to
< Not This
First, you were told to…
"The internet offers immense
possibilities for encounter and
solidarity. This is truly good, a
gift from God."
"Let us boldly become citizens
of the digital world."
- Pope Francis
Your Parishioners Are
On average Catholics spend
3 hours online every day.
Nearly 3 million of them follow
Over 80% of Catholics under
age 30 use social media.
But, They Don't Know That
You Are There
Only 8% view the Catholic Church being very visible online.
64% view the Church's online
presence as little to none.
53% are unaware of any Church presence online.
One in ten
Catholics visit their Parish website once a month or more
No Merchant Account
No merchant account for the church means
LPi assumes full responsibility for fraud protection, information privacy, merchant account fees, and managing disputes.
Among weekly Mass attenders, this rises to
How would you rate the Catholic church's visibility on the internet?
I am unaware
7% = 70 Families
or 10 Families
Just 1% more
= 15% increase!!
Catholics were instrumental in developing the university system across Europe and then the world.
By the middle of the 15th century
more than 50 Catholic universities
in Europe, including Oxford, Cambridge, Paris, Vercelli, Padua, Salerno, and Naples
Currently the Catholic Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with
an enrollment of 700,000 students
The Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at a cost to the church of $10 billion
Catholic astronomers invented the Gregorian calendar used worldwide.
Catholic explorers have made a remarkable contribution to the scientific exploration and mapping of the earth. Notable examples include Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, and Ferdinand Magellan.
Charity and Aid Organizations:
Catholic Charities provided social support services to 2,251,442 people in 2012.
Catholic Charities provided food services to 7,146,490 people in 2012.
Catholic Relief Services reaches over 100 million people in nearly 100 countries and territories every year, providing disaster relief and aid to the poorest of the world’s poor.
A Catholic priest—Father Georges Lemaitre—invented the Big Bang Theory, arguably the single most important theory of modern cosmology.
Confessions of a Mega
How I Discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church
The Life of the Christian Steward
This book can be found at the ICSC website along with other stewardship resources.
How else can
we engage our
help the church?
Let's say this church is 1000 families large
Giving Rocket conducted a survey of 1,078 churches and found 14% were exceeding their annual budget for tithes and offerings.
Please share your
experience with us
and receive a copy of
The Four Signs of a
by Matthew Kelly