By Katrina Douglas from GoodtoGive
These are indeed unprecedented times, but we are reminded that in all things God gives us a peace that passes all understanding, and this too shall pass.
In this article we want to provide you with some practical tips, advice and resources to help you navigate this season of change.
Stay connected to your congregation using video conferencing We recommend Zoom as a tool to host online meetings with your team and members during this time of isolation and self-distancing.
Stream your services live on social media You can host live video completely free using Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. This gives you the opportunity to connect with existing members and those beyond your existing community who are looking for hope and encouragement at this time.
Stream your church services to multiple social media platforms using one tool For a small monthly fee, you can stream your church services to multiple social media platforms at the same time using StreamYard.
Show-up more on social media There are more people online than ever and many need to hear messages of hope to counteract the negative news and their own internal fears. Now is the time for the church to be a refuge of strength by being more visible online.
Make it as easy as possible for members to give during this time Less in-person gatherings can also mean less giving, remind your community that church work continues and ask your members to make donations online or via their mobile device. The GoodtoGive donation app is a great option for this, there is an opportunity for a very limited number churches to join the beta and get 2 months free access to this app contact GoodtoGive to find out more.
Pray together online Prayer is key during this time; God has answers that the world doesn’t. Freeconference.com is a reliable service that you can use for virtual prayer meetings and it's completely free.
Make sure you are claiming Gift Aid If you’re experiencing the financial affects of members giving less during this time of social distancing, retrospective Gift Aid claiming can provide much needed financial relief. If you are not claiming Gift Aid, making infrequent claims or have fallen behind with your claims, contact GoodtoGive who can significantly speed up the process for you and release much needed finances.
We are hosting a webinar next week to help you support your church during this time:
Engaging your church on mobile – 28th April
Katrina Douglas, Head of Marketing, GoodtoGive
GoodtoGive has worked with churches and faith-based charities for over a decade, they’re the UKs no. 1 provider of Gift Aid Management for churches and save their clients thousands every year in addition to significantly increasing their income through a range of services.