You may have found yourself unprepared for the current crisis we are experiencing. Here are a few resources you can use as your team moves to working remotely. You can also use them to stay in touch with your church community.
Many companies offer video calls one-on-one and for groups. ChurchCom Solutions uses Zoom pretty exclusively. They have a free subscription with unlimited one-on-one and a 40-minute limit for groups without a subscription. For just $14.99/month, you can expand that to virtually unlimited time with a maximum of 100 participants. They are also offering resources during the COVID-19 crisis. Other pricing options are available.
It's hard to stay in the loop of what people are working on, and it can be even more tricky when working remotely. Asana is a robust project management solution we use at ChurchCom Solutions. With the free subscription, you can collaborate with up to 15 teammates on projects and tasks. You can upload files, assign tasks, communicate, and monitor progress on each project. Other plans are available, but you may find the free plan to be adequate, especially if you are just getting started on using this type of resource.
Most people are staying in touch through social media. If your church hasn't engaged your congregation online, consider looking into Facebook Groups. They are a great way for segments of your audience to stay engaged around their point of interest.
For example, you can create a women's or men's group. Then, invite that demographic to join the group. Your men's or women's pastor or leader can present content specific to that group and invite conversation.
Outreach put together an informative blog post on how Facebook repositioned its mission and how your church can leverage Facebook Groups. I would recommend Outreach's blog post, "4 Ways to Build Community in Your Church With Facebook Groups" for further details.
We just shared three resources, but there are so many more you can take advantage of online. If you need help onboarding your team to any of the resources mentioned, we'd love to help. Or, if you would like help finding another resource that's right for your situation, we can help with that also. Contact us to set up an online chat. If you need administrative support during this time, check out our Virtual Church Assistants program.
Don Wambolt has over 25 years' experience in leading church communications. More