Financial Transparency at the Parish

For centuries religious institutions were some of the most trusted organizations in most cultures. But in the modern era, suspicion of all authority figures and public institutions is on the rise. The “Me Too” era has shined a light into many dark areas of our culture, exposing abuse and corruption. (See here for an example of what […]

Publish Your Mass Times Everywhere

What are 95% of the visitors to your parish website looking for? Mass times. That’s it. This was brought home to our staff this week when we spotted this Tweet by Catholic evangelist Meg Hunter-Kilmer (see below). The long and short of it? Publish your Mass times everywhere! Stop what you’re doing and open your […]

A Future Without Bulletins?

The Sunday bulletin has been a staple of Catholic life in North America for more than 75 years. But as almost all areas of life become digital, a paper bulletin may soon become a thing of the past (and maybe you’re already moving toward digital fundraising letters). Can we imagine a future without bulletins? What […]

Using Task Management Systems

If you’re having a hard time keeping track of all the daily, weekly and monthly tasks required to keep your parish running smoothly, try using one of the many great software programs designed to help people stay organized in an increasingly busy world. Using task management systems can greatly increase your staff’s productivity. In addition […]

User Friendly Online Forms

By now, most parishes have transitioned to online forms for event sign-ups, registrations, ticket sales and donations. If your parish is still using paper forms, it’s time to start moving over to user friendly online forms. (You can build out new forms here.) This week, set aside some time to assess your online forms for […]

Scheduling Meetings at Your Parish

Ever had trouble scheduling meetings at your parish? Scheduling parish council meetings, ministry activities or special event planning meetings can be a huge drain on your time and energy. It seems impossible at times to coordinate schedules between your pastor, staff, and volunteers. But there are a number of free services that take the guesswork […]

Shorten Links Easily with Bit.ly

Your parish website is likely a simple, concise variation of your church name and/or city, and therefore it is easy for you to direct parishioners and visitors to your main page. But how easy is it for you to guide your website visitors elsewhere on your site? Luckily, you can make it extremely easy in […]

Claim Your Church’s Vanity URL

In recent years, Facebook has added a “vanity URL” or “username” feature to all Pages, including your parish page. This is a unique set of characters preceded by the @ symbol that can be used to make your parish easier to find on Facebook. If your parish started its page more than a few years […]

Selling Tickets to Parish Events

Have you ever experienced headaches while selling tickets to parish events? Most parishes have 5-10 annual events for which they need to sell tickets. Such events might include your Cana Dinner, men’s retreat weekend, or parish fundraising gala. And you want to make sure those tickets are always available to purchase, not just during parish […]