Author Archives: Joe Luedtke

Growing Up Online

Church bulletins have been the staple of communications in churches for decades.  While we expect bulletins to be around for quite some time, the next generation of parishioners is indeed growing up online.  They may still want to walk out of Mass with a bulletin in their hand, but increasingly they’re doing more and more of their communication online.  To communicate with this generation of parishioners, we believe your church needs to be both in print and online.

This new Internet Generation isn’t just surfing the web, they’re building and maintaining their relationships online.   To help churches looking to move online and more importantly to engage their parishioners online, LPi has introduced a new service, WeGather.  WeGather is a closed social network specifically designed to help you engage your congregation in a safe and secure manner on the Internet.  It’s a place where parishioners can share information with their church leaders and other parishioners.  If your church is starting to think about doing more on the Internet or using Facebook or Twitter, please take a look at our new service, WeGather, http://4LPi.com/wegather.  It’s available free for 90 days and will always be free for churches with under 50 parishioners using our new service.  We’re excited about this new offering and encourage you to take a look!

Go Forth and Blog

We’d like to thank you for reading our blog and now suggest that you try it yourself.  Blogging can be a great way to communicate your message and get fresh engaging content out to your parish.  Our online service, Seek And Find, now has its own build in blogging capability just for you.  If you’ve taken ownership of your Seek And Find listing page, you can now begin blogging.  Do you want to take Father’s weekly letter out of the bulletin and publish it online?  Its as easy as copying and pasting.

For more information, please go to Seek And Find and check out these instructions, http://www.seekandfind.com/faq/3-listing_questions/69-how-do-i-enabledisable-my-blog-on-my-listing-page.  Remember, you must have previously taken ownership of your church’s listing page to have this functionality available to you.

Now, Go Forth and Blog!

Your Bulletin and Your Website

If you’re like most of our customers you print your bulletin weekly and use this bulletin to…

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- communicate current, fresh content on happenings in your parish.
- provide an updated calendar of current events.
- publish accurate contact information for your staff and key volunteers.
- print a personal, timely message from your priest.
- display a few pictures of not just your church, but recent parish events.

Unfortunately, if you’re like over half of our customers, you don’t do the same on your website. Almost all of our customers have their own website, but well over half of those customers don’t publish content on their website at nearly the same frequency, depth or passion than they do their bulletin. If you’re like the majority of our customers, your website contains outdated information, broken links that go nowhere, and at least a few pages that say ‘Under Construction’ and probably said that same thing 6 months ago.Screen shot 2009-12-17 at 8.17.00 PM

The bulletin has been a staple of church communication for decades, but as the world seems to be moving online will it always be this way? Remember, the next generation of parishioners is growing up in online very connected world.

Here are a few simple things you can do now to help improve your online presence:

1. As the Bulletin Editor, you are aware of all the changes and upcoming events in your Parish. For every change you make in your bulletin or new article that is written, don’t forget about your website. You could serve as the focal point for communicating changes or new stories to whoever maintains your website.

2. If you don’t have a website yet, feel free to use ours. We offer a free directory service, www.seekandfind.com that can be used as a website. If you haven’t check this out yet, please go look for your parish, its there! If you need more, let us know. We have services that can assist.

3. Many of you have started to publish your bulletin online which is a great first step. In case you haven’t yet, you can find an electronic copy of your bulletin on our website, www.seekandfind.com. If you don’t want to manually upload your new bulletin to your website every week, you can have your bulletin appear on your website automatically through LPi’s Bulletin Widget. Call or email our Technical Support team for details.

Like the bulletin, the Internet is a communication vehicle. The technologies used to create a website or manage an email campaign may seem complicated maybe even a little scary, but in the end they are just tools. These tools can help you communicate your mission. Here at LPi, we’ll be rolling out some new technologies in 2010 to help improve your presence on the Internet and communicate more with your parishioners online if you wish to. We’ll be introducing a few of these in some upcoming blog posts over the next few months.