I want to begin by expressing that we at ChurchTalk, wish each of you well during this time of isolation, distress, and fear of the unknown. I know that many of our lives around the world instantly changed because of the effects of COVID-19. As believers, we know that God is fully aware of what is happening – may each of us take this time and opportunity to draw nearer to Him and know Him on a much deeper level. God is good all the time.
Unfortunately, separation has been vital in the containment of COVID-19. Because of this need for separation, we have adopted a new buzz word in society: social-distancing. Many churches are now experiencing SOCIAL-DISTANCING at a time when we need GATHERING the most – to receive Truth, Hope, Edification, and Love from God’s Word and fellow believers. Because most of us have never seen such drastic measures, we are uncertain how long the executive order will remain in effect to contain this novel virus.
Therefore, during challenging times like these, the body of Christ needs to be more closely connected. Much prayer and encouragement is essential – not only on Sundays but every day in between. May I introduce a helpful and easy-to-navigate solution: ChurchTalk. We are NOT FaceBook. We are a platform for your local church to engage not only in times of normalcy but during social-distancing, persecution, and other unforeseen events. Our prayer is that ChurchTalk will prove to be a hope-filled tool for your church family.
Why should your church subscribe to ChurchTalk?
The ChurchTalk team helps to connect pastors and their staff with church members; it is a safe and closed platform to interact during this uncertain and chaotic time. ChurchTalk will provide your local church with the ability to stay informed, have needs communicated via the prayer module, and receive live responses from your local church members. You will be able to post devotionals and video messages (targeting ONLY your church audience). Your congregation may also continue to give their tithes and offerings, and maintain a record of their giving through the ChurchTalk module. In addition to interacting with your people, our software includes a unique automapping outreach module that will create maps, within minutes, for your doorknocking and outreach programs.
ENGAGE – This is the heart of our vision. We have built a tool to ENGAGE members within their local church bodies ONLY. While there are other options of church management systems, we have not found a “ONE STOP SHOPPING” private, content filtering tool/platform to help individual churches keep their members engaged outside of regular Sunday and Wednesday services. Oftentimes, social platforms like FaceBook and Instagram are open to the general public and do not offer the ATTENTION and PRIVACY that the local congregation often needs in terms of interactive prayer groups, sign up sheets for events and activities, memos and bulletins, and communication with missionaries. Thus began our journey to build ChurchTalk. Please continue reading to learn more about a few of our specific features…
1. ChurchTalk – An ENGAGING tool for a called-out assembly: Social media is not the answer to church engagement. We live in a world in which everyone wants to voice his or her opinion. Social media news feeds flood our pages with ads, entertainment, and visually captivating images. Judges 21:25b says, “Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” In the middle of all these non-essentials, we are trying very hard to share our church news and engage with our members. While social media is undoubtedly great for reaching the lost, we firmly believe it is not the best place to feed and engage a Christian. We need a closed online community for local churches, where the news feed is protected. Jesus told Peter three times to “feed my sheep”. ChurchTalk is a tool for every pastor to edify his congregation. We have also created a news feed called The Bulletin. Only the local church staff or authorized personnel is permitted to post news, updates, prayers, and much more. The congregation may, in turn, respond with prayer or praise reactions and comments; engage in realtime, and encourage those in need. Our platform will also upload/host media on the bulletin or share your streaming links.
2. ChurchTalk – An ENGAGING tool for prayer: When a local Church prays together, great things happen! Currently, a vast majority of churches print out a prayer list each week in the form of paper bulletins; members then carry them to their homes. Some sincerely pray, but most bulletins are set aside or thrown into trash bins and forgotten. Two words strike me in Matthew 26:41: Jesus says, “Watch and Pray,” to avoid entering into the temptation. We must engage in daily prayer for fellow brothers and sisters in our congregations. ChurchTalk allows your members to share their prayer requests throughout the week. When you receive them, you may request more information from the sender or post it directly to the prayer module (if you find it appropriate). At this time, for most local churches, the luxury of having someone at the church office to receive prayer requests is non-existent. ChurchTalk’s vision is to remove this barrier and make your members feel cared for and stay connected with the body of Christ. We have built a “Prayer Journal Module” for your members to record personal prayer lists and a church prayer list as a daily reminder to pray.
3. ChurchTalk – An ENGAGING tool for giving: ChurchTalk giving is a convenient way to engage members to be faithful in their giving. Online giving has seen a massive surge in recent years, and our research has found that people prefer to give online and use debit/credit cards to give and maintain their records. Technology has made it possible even to give while traveling or during circumstances like COVID-19.
4. ChurchTalk – An ENGAGING tool for the Great Commission: ChurchTalk outreach is designed to engage your members to reach your local community. Jesus’ Last Command, should be Our First Priority. We need to be knocking on doors and sharing the Gospel – the time is short. We have technology that can help us to do more than ever. We have built auto mapping to generate hundreds of street lists in minutes (to reach your Jerusalem). I encourage you to explore this smart feature during this downtime of social-distancing and begin envisioning your outreach vision and masterplan. What an open door and opportunity God has given; much fruit can come out of COVID-19.
5. ChurchTalk – An ENGAGING tool for Membership Management: One of our key taglines is, “Manage less, Engage more.” When your members fill out their information on ChurchTalk, they complete their profile. This allows you to share profile details and keep everyone updated. We are working around the clock to add more features; we realize that there is much to be done as we are refining the membership management system. We will keep you informed.
History and Future Vision of ChurchTalk:
After years of having the vision to build a church management software system and not having an investment, God knew that I needed a reliable and godly team to begin this journey. In 2018, God brought John Gaynor (a very successful Christian Entrepreneur) and myself, Bernard Moses, (Developer/Entrepreneur) together, with the help of Dr. Bruce Turner (Former Pastor/ Currently serving in Evangelism). It was during this initial meeting in India when God began to open doors to lay the foundation to start developing ChurchTalk. We came together with a desire and passion for building a digital tool that would protect local churches. It amazes me to see how God brought this team together from different corners of the world, with different experiences, to solve a common problem that local churches are facing in this era.
We are striving together to build ChurchTalk; we are here to serve the Lord and the local church. We are deeply grateful for all the churches who have adopted ChurchTalk and are giving fabulous positive feedback. Please consider downloading ChurchTalk during this time as an edifying platform to simulate church services and stay engaged with your flock. Again, we pray that God will keep each of you safe and well.
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Technology can transform leadership and discipleship. Technology within the church is helpful in so many ways, such because it can provide insight as far as how effective strategies are when they are monitored, and they can help give an entire scope of the overall engagement of church members. Having insight can help leaders see strengths and weaknesses within the ministerial organization and work towards improving strategies while eliminating the practices that are not producing desirable results.
Decision Making Tools
The use of technology in the church in the form of software and programs helps test the effectiveness of sermons, group activities, events, fundraisers, Bible Study classes, and more. It can help detect what is working and what is not, what people respond to, and what they reject. Technology within the church is needed, especially in a ministry where growth is a primary goal and where the church attendance continues to either increase or increase. Why? Because the more information can be collected, the more leaders can help meet the needs of members through discipleship and other forms of fellowship.
There are ways to track member interactions and measure engagement. Some programs can be implemented at church that can help take church attendance, whether it be sermon attendance, fundraisers, volunteers, events, etc. To keep track of church attendance can help detect any patterns on participation, whether it increases or decreases, and why. This kind of information can help the pastors and leaders adjust programming and events to accommodate members. For instance, let’s say there are events that a high number of families do not attend, and technological-based information reflected that attendance was affected due to the absence of child-care services. This kind of insight could help the leadership team organize volunteers to help take care of children during certain events. You can’t know everything that goes on at church concerning engagement and interactions, so implementing technology within the church can help fill in the gap where information is needed toward strategic improvement.
Defines Interests and Talents
Ministries that want to expand and grow must empower their members. But how can this happen if they don’t have insight as to their member’s talents and skills? Craig Groeschel is a fantastic pastor and exceptional leader who focuses on building leaders and teaching about leadership. One of the things that he emphasizes is the importance of learning the gifts and strengths of members so that they can put their talents and gifts into action within the ministry. That leads to then delegating responsibilities to cultivate trust. And trust breeds ownership and strong leadership. Empowering people produces growth.
There are so many ways to introduce technology in the church through tools and systems, surveys, and questionnaires that will record and evaluate information about a person and then produce a detailed scope of the strengths and weaknesses. You cannot expect to place a church member in the children’s ministry when they dislike being around children because they will not excel in what they do, but worse, it will feel like a job rather than serving. Whereas if you position someone who is passionate about early childhood and has the heart of a teacher for little ones, they will thrive in that area of ministry and will serve from the heart. It’s essential to know your people and lead them toward helping and growing in their calling. You can do that by implementing technology within your church to detect what you may not be able to see.
A church isn’t a machine; it’s a body, and the body goes through many changes. Therefore growth strategies much also change according to the seasons and the status of the church. Significant church growth happens when everyone is aware of the vision and mission, when everyone feels accepted and when people are led and equipped to walk in their God-given calling. Great church growth principles are core practices that must be worked on consistently to achieve expansion.
Communicate Vision, Values, and Disciplines
The church must define the mission, vision, and values. If the congregation can clearly see the vision of the church and its values, then they will run with it. Vision and values influence church culture, and it’s the church culture that we develop within our congregations that help people want to continue to attend. Establish and emphasize the small disciplines that are important within the church culture, such as reading the bible and prayer. This sets the tone and pace of what is expected, and it gets everyone on the same page, moving toward the same goal. Most importantly, communicate the visions and values with clarity because while vision gives the church, a direction and values determine what you do, why you do it, and how you do it.
Atmosphere of Acceptance
Focus on the atmosphere. What do people feel when they come to church? Is it a welcoming environment? It’s essential to evangelize before you disciple, and this means that we must accept all people who come through church doors, and we lovingly introduce them to Jesus. Building a church that is welcoming to everyone does not mean that it approves of everything. Jesus doesn’t condone nor approve of everything people do, but he accepts everyone where they are in life, and however, they come to His mighty feet. Remember this church growth principle: Jesus meets people where they are, and we, too, must do the same.
Who Is Your Audience?
Define your target audience. Who are you trying to reach? Define if it’s youth, families or couples, etc. Narrowing down who your target audience will be will help you determine what kinds of activities and events will be hosted. For instance, if your audience is youth, then all events and advertising campaigns must be attractive enough for adolescents to want to attend. You’re not going to be hosting marriage conferences and marriage events when you’re trying to attract adolescents and young adults. If you’re going to witness church growth, you must know who you’re catering to and what their needs are.
Equip Members for Ministry
Ministry is not a one-person show. For ministry to function well, it takes the whole body of Christ to grow and thrive, and this is an essential church growth principle to keep in mind. Everyone must become equipped to lead others with skills, abilities, strategies, and passion for the gospel to expand. In doing so, the mission of leading people to Jesus will spread like wildfire. To quip ministry members means to build disciples and build your people. Teach them the do’s and don’ts in leadership and how to become problem solvers.
Leaders lead other leaders by example by demonstrating consistency in character, eliminating all negative habits such as criticism, gossip, unkind speech, and manipulative tactics to want to try and get people to do things. Be Christlike and teach your leaders to lead like Christ develop models and set parameter checks to have them conduct self-checks continuously.
But most importantly, help your people discover their gifts and talents so that you may lead them to walk in their calling and serve in a ministry that is aligned to their gifts and talents. People thrive when they do what they’ve been called to do. So, to experience church growth, you must empower your people and delegate authority, and you’ll accomplish more as a body and congregation.
Advertise the Good News
Package the good news of God well and be excited about it. Think about it, leading others to Jesus means to lead people to all kinds of freedom. Freedom from depression, from lies, from bad habits, self-destructive behaviors, and addictions. We have the news of salvation, the perfect wisdom, and the most amazing promises of God for our lives, yet often, we don’t present this package with the excitement and passion that it deserves. Transmit your love for the gospel, for passion is contagious. Inspire others through testimony about the good news of salvation in Jesus. Activate the church growth principle of testifying passionately. Share the good news of the gospel and get people excited about their transformation and faith journeys knowing that they are not alone, that they are accepted and have a God-given purpose.
We all share the innate need to feel connected to others and to feel like we belong. Congregations can fulfill these basic needs by expanding communications resources and revamping connection strategies. To communicate is to connect, and in terms of church mission, effective communication is hugely significant. On a spiritual level, as Christians, we were created to be inter relational, so we need fellowship. But to physically increase and thrive in number, it’s our responsibility to provide relevant information that will be easily accessed by everyone.
A church without effective communication is like a desolate land deprived of water. We need to water the ground and take care of the land that we are given to steward. We are stewards of everything that God has given us, especially his bride, the church, us, the body of Christ. If you want to communicate within your church effectively, you can achieve it by doing the following.
#1. Texts Communication via Phone Chats
We are living in a world that is consumed by cell phone usage. Therefore, we must meet people where they are, and what better way, than through the implementation of text messaging chats. People are more likely to open and respond to text messages more than they are to respond or open their email. What does this mean for your church? It means that you must set systems in place where everyone is part of a group chat. If you’re a pastor, then you probably already have a group chat with your leaders. So, have your leaders establish their group chats to communicate with those they lead and disciple. That way, it makes it easier to circulate relevant information about church events, activities, fundraisers, and more.
#2. Social Media
Social media is a powerful tool to help you establish effective communication with your church. The average person spends a minimum of three hours on social media, which means that if your church has social media presence, then you can create all forms of content that will allow your members to receive information faster, and best of all, it’s easy to share with others.
When you have new members attend your church or people considering going to your church, it helps when you have a social media account. Why? Because all your church information and culture branding will be found on the social media page, making it easier for new members to be up to date on what’s going on at church. And it also helps those who may be contemplating visiting your church the opportunity to have enough data to help them determine if they want to go when to go, and it helps them get a feel for the church culture before they even attend.
#3. Email Service
Email communication is always a useful tool to continuously maintain ongoing updates on everything on church activities and events. But also, it’s a great way to create a system of ongoing emails where you provide a daily or weekly devotional and inspirational content. The creation of email series that cater to your members can turn out to be useful because you can create different campaigns for different member types, for new members, long-term members, volunteers, youth, parents, etc. That way, you cater to everyone’s needs and interests.
#4. Website Presence
It’s essential to have an up to date web presence in the form of a website. Think of your website as the mother umbrella that holds everything together. It’s a one-stop-shop where members can connect to a multitude of information for what your church offers anything from fundraiser information to volunteer forms, Bible class registration, purchase of event tickets, prayer request forms, find a group, etc.
#5. Listen to Your Members
One of the best ways to establish effective communication is by developing a listening ear. Whether it be on social media, via messages that come through email or a website, take every comment into account. What is your audience telling you? What are they seeking? Do you see a pattern? You can fulfill your church’s need by answering questions through a sermon, replying to messages, or changing how certain things work within the church that may not be functioning well.
#6. Ask Questions
You can place a survey or questionnaire in each chair for your audience to fill out. Your poll or quiz can consist of a few questions about how church members feel within the church, what they like most, what they want the least, etc. Questionnaires and surveys provide such excellent insight and can help you detect if there is a pattern of need where changes are required. To ask questions breeds effective communication between members and their leaders.
A millennial practice to showcase your church is via videos. The best way to communicate your church’s culture is by leveraging the use of video recordings to promote events and services. Visual videos or visual images are advertisements. They can influence and persuade people to attend activities and events. Leverage the power of videos and visual images to create curiosity and to effectively communicate exciting things that are happening within the church to either encourage people to attend or even volunteer.
Prayer is not something that comes naturally to all of us. For many, it could be that prayer is more of a chore or task on a list than a moment to disconnect from the world and connect to a realm of calm and possibility. What is prayer? It’s a conversation with God and doesn’t have to be a mystical moment that needs preparation. Instead, it must be seen as the source of peace and a moment that redirects your thoughts in alignment with God’s will. But something happens when you pray in a group setting at Church…
Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
God’s presence is manifested and can even be tangible, not just to you but to all who are present. Miracles and wonders take place in an atmosphere where two or more are gathered believing God for the impossible, believing that God can change circumstances and produce miracles.
Intimacy with God
Matthew 6:6, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
Prayer is like an energy source. When you go and turn on a lamp in a room, the light will turn on if it’s plugged into the outlet. The outlet is the source of electricity that guarantees to transmit energy, power and voltage onto the lightbulb so that it can trigger the bulb’s ability to produce light. We are the light of this world, and to emanate that light, we must plug ourselves into the source, which is God.
The challenge then becomes to remain connected to God via prayer. The most powerful prayers are the ones no one sees. The most impactful prayers are the ones that you do in secret away from other eyes. Why? Because your prayer becomes genuine. God desires to connect with you in spirit and truth; therefore, He calls us to pray in secret. Remember that he desires to have a relationship with us, and an intimate relationship is not cultivated in the company of many but rather behind closed doors when there are no external interruptions between you and God. Intimacy leads to connection and when you’re attentive to God’s voice, you align yourself to walk in his ways, and obedience follows.
Jeremiah 33:3, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
The kingdom of God is a system that works differently from this world. What works here won’t work there. And to understand the Kingdom of God, one must read scripture but most importantly, develop a prayer life. For what purpose? To live in God’s will and His purpose for our lives, our ears must be attentive to His voice. Through prayer, we learn to connect to him and discern his voice.
But most importantly, we position ourselves to receive God’s wisdom. To surrender to God is to seek Him wholeheartedly and make ourselves available to receive all that he has for us. It’s in the intimacy of relationship and connection to the things from above that we acquire wisdom that does not include human intelligence, but rather it includes selfless undertones that call us to walk in the fruits of the spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
“Transformation occurs when we connect to the kingdom of God and its righteousness.”
How do we accomplish God’s will?
Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
We spend most of our days living in our minds. We live in our thoughts, and when those thoughts reside in the past or the uncertainty that the future holds, we are not living in the present. When we’re not living in the present, our minds tend to dwell in past regrets, envy, and comparison. We shatter these thoughts by connecting ourselves to prayer and reading scriptures. Why? Because the word of God calls us to renew our minds and prayer is the filter that filters out any negative thoughts that stand against the knowledge of God.
Our minds have to be free from the world’s clutter and worries to receive God’s thoughts. When we allow ourselves to abide in God’s presence, our thoughts shift into His direction and we’re able to have clarity over our purpose and what we have been called to do. And with clarity comes discernment. Do you want to accomplish God’s will for your life? Cultivate your prayer life, learn to discern God’s voice, and learn the art of shifting your thoughts from the worries of this world to kingdom matters. It’s a process so you must not be shaken and give in to the world’s requests, instead, persevere and keep fighting the good fight of faith.