How Churches Spend, Why They Stagnate, and What They Do to Grow
This week on Modern Church Leader, we talked through the struggles churches are facing with spending money, making changes and digital limitations.
July 10, 2020
Exploring G Suite for your church? Discover what’s included, 4 must-know benefits, and 4 tips on getting started in this post.
June 23, 2020
The G Suite is an online set of business tools that Google offers as a service.
Companies around the world use G Suite to manage their digital communications—including some churches.
You’re probably already familiar with many of the tools included in the G Suite (which we’ll unpack in detail in a minute), and that many of them are accessible for free.
G Suite gives your church access to tools like Gmail and Google Drive on an enterprise level—meaning that you’re able to work together as a team, rather than individuals.
In this way, the G Suite for churches is comparable to the Microsoft Office tools used by many businesses.
With a premium G Suite account, you’re able to brand the system as your church. For instance, you’re able to send emails from your own email server (e.g., @yourchurchname.com), rather than @gmail.com.
So, is G Suite a good fit for your church?
In this post, I’m going to cover everything you need to know, including:
Let’s get started!
There are eight tools that come with every G Suite account:
The goal of any business software is to help your team work together.
That mindset is at the core of G Suite.
Gmail gives you a means of instant communication.
Google Drive is a place to share all of your files.
Google Docs provides a tool to write and edit documents together.
And the list goes on.
This collaboration is built into the G Suite.
And because it’s all stored in the cloud, your church isn’t having to worry about backing up servers or paying for extra storage space. And not only can your team work seamlessly together, but the tools work together as well.
What is more, these cloud-based tools can enable you and your team to work remotely.
You could easily use different services for each of the individual functions of the G Suite.
You could use Yahoo for email. And use Dropbox for file storage. And Evernote for note taking. And SurveyMonkey for forms. But that would be disjointed and confusing.
Or instead you could leverage G Suite for all of these tools in one place.
That gives your church team one place to login and one place to save in their bookmark bar. Not only that, but sticking with Google has the benefit of accessing other Google family tools like Google Analytics and YouTube.
Once upon a time, you had to download all of your software onto every local computer in your office.
It took up space on your machine and it took time to download software updates every six days. With G Suite, all of that is a thing of the past.
All of the G Suite software is in the cloud.
Sure you can download desktop apps to sync up with your computer.
But all of your work is saved in the cloud. Google is constantly updating the apps without you even noticing.
This also makes it accessible from any computer with an Internet connection.
Like many technology companies, Google offers G Suite at a discounted (or even free) rate to nonprofits, including churches. Churches can access the basic G Suite for free (normally $6/user/month).
Both the Business and Enterprise levels are also significantly discounted (about 33% each) for nonprofits who apply and qualify for a nonprofit account.
All you have to do is check your eligibility and provide proof of your nonprofit status. And you’re good to go!
Think the G Suite is the right digital tool for your church?
Here are the first few steps you’ll want to take to get started:
This entire process from start to finish can take about 2-4 weeks total. But for something as in-depth and important as this can be, that’s a relatively short time frame.
And hopefully it’s one that saves your church time and energy in the long run!
Alright, so you decided to sign up for a G Suite account.
Here are four tips you can use to help you get started:
With Tithe.ly Sites, you can create a beautiful and easy-to-use website in minutes.
As part of that, we can help your church go through the process of setting up a nonprofit G Suite account.
Technology can often be a limiting factor for churches.
But with the G Suite tools and Tithely’s help, your team will be well on their way to knocking down those barriers.
We’ve got you covered!