Using Facebook’s Profanity Filter

Every now and again, someone will wander onto your parish’s Facebook page, disparaging the Church or people of faith more generally. Luckily you can mute them, but if you’re looking for an easier way to intercept them before they cause trouble, consider using Facebook’s profanity filter. This setting is buried inside of your parish’s Facebook page settings. […]

Appeals, campaigns, and events

Not all fundraising activities are created equal. All parish and school fundraising opportunities are unique and while your leaders likely have a firm grasp on how they differ, it’s important to let your parishioners and school families know the purpose and goal of each fundraising event. Consider the following as a general outline to separate […]

Get Professional Email Addresses

Did you know the first email was sent 48 years ago? Every year we work with dozens of parishes that appear to be holding on to some of their original and, in many instances, outdated, unprofessional, though well-intentioned, email addresses. We see addresses like “admin42saintmark@aol.com” all the time. If this looks like something you’re still […]

The Power of Personal Invitation

You’re getting bombarded with new programs every week – ministry programs that claim to lead hundreds into RCIA, pack the pews, invigorate the young people in your church and so on. It’s a sign of the times. We all know that demographically, Catholicism is declining in the Western Hemisphere, and we are all looking for […]

Should Your Parish Offer WiFi?

Every year we are drawing closer to the moment when every man, woman, and child has an internet-enabled device on them at all times. Love it or hate it, that’s the way the culture is going. All of this begs the question – should your parish offer WiFi to guests?  Here are a few points […]

You Get What You Ask For

The CSM team often works with pastors and staff that say, “We wish parishioners would increase their financial support.” The response that we offer, though simple, often comes as a surprise to many. We ask in return, “Have you asked for it?”  People are willing to increase their support if they feel engaged in the mission and […]