2017 Guide to Online Church Tools

I've put together a comprehensive guide to the best online tools for churches. You can download it as a pdf.

Let me know what tools are working best for you and your church.

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Church Marketing University

A great website is just a small piece of the communications your church produces.

If you want a comprehensive set of video tutorials covering nearly every topic in church marketing—there's no better option.

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Social Media Advice

Socail Church is a great resources.

Their weekly social media tips are extremely helpful. I learn something every week. If you don't already, it's a must follow.

Start Learning

Purchase A Domain: GoDaddy

If you are needing to purchase a domain name, I recommend GoDaddy. They are one of the largest domain registers and you'll be able to find plenty of tutorials to help get things set up.

Get A Domain

Hosting: Flywheel

Flywheel is my favorite host. They only offer hosting for WordPress sites, which means your site is faster and more secure. They also offer backups every 24 hours that ensure things never get messed up.

Just announced: they are now offering free SSLs for your site.

Get WordPress

Stock Photography: Lightstock

Finding quality stock photos and graphics can be a challenge. LightStock is the best source of Christain themed photos and graphics. I use it all the time.

Find Some Photos

Podcast & Audio Hosting: Buzzsprout

The Church Theme allows you to post sermon audio and video, but you need a place to host audio files. Buzzsprout is hosting and podcast management for your sermons. It integrates perfectly with your Church Theme site.

Start A Podcast

Giving: Planning Center

Online giving is a major part of how your congregation contributes to the church, but it can be complicated to set up. Planning Center has one of the simplest giving systems for you and your congregation—plus they offer text giving as a part of the package.

Set Up Online Giving

Forms: Gravity Forms

There are plenty of forms plugins for WordPress but Gravity Forms is by far the best. You can use it for forms as simple as contacting the church or set it up for volunteer applications, event sign-ups; really anything you can imagine.

Start Creating Forms