Technology is an incredibly useful tool for your church—but what if you can’t afford the latest technology or a robust church management system? How can you really use helpful technological tools without breaking the bank?
A lot of the features and functionality contained in church management software can be purchased separately—there are many standalone tools that can be downloaded for free or for a small sum.
Here are a few great tools for your church to speed up your processes and organize your ministry without hurting you financially:
Having a professional (custom) email for your church (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org) is something that makes a huge difference.
Some churches, mostly smaller ones, tend to just use the personal email address of the pastor or a staff member as the “official” email address of the church. However, this can hold you back.
Having a custom church email address is easier to remember, it gives you more freedom to change your personal email address since that isn’t the one tied to your church, and an official church address gives off more authority and makes a better first impression on prospective members.
It really tells your members that your church has got its technical side together.
Tools to do this:
Create Professional Email: $1.99/month
How do you send mass emails to your whole church, or send specific emails to certain ministries and groups? Sending targeted emails and church newsletters are key for communication within your church, and there are some inexpensive ways to do that:
Your church needs to have a website with your mission statement, information on your staff, contact details, overview of your church’s beliefs, times of service, and directions.
If your ChMS does not already provide you with a website with this information, there are some good tools out there for you to use:
Your staff members will need to be able to share documents, spreadsheets, and pictures amongst themselves, and having online file sharing makes that very simple. It can also give people the ability to access the files from any device. Here are some free file sharing tools:
File Dropper: free
Bonus: Church Management Software
If you still think a complete ChMS is what you need, but you’re struggling with the costs, check out some of the free church management solutions that are out there!
Know of any other great free or inexpensive church technology tools? Add them in the comments below!