By: Josh Henry, Managing Partner
In my years of working with churches to help with their IT and communication needs, I have come across some great resources. For many years, the options available to help churches from an IT standpoint where very costly. Not only where they expensive to purchase and deploy, but they also had a huge administrative and maintenance cost as a person to manage the resource was necessary.
Now, with many changes in the industry, there are some great technological resources available for a fraction of the costs that was previously required.
Google Apps offers a great suite of tools that a church of any size can implement and utilize. A FREE version is offered for up to 50 users which I have found to be just about everything you would need to operate your organization.
The main feature of Google Apps is the all inclusive package, all organized by your organizations domain. All of the tools can be setup and accessed through your organizations unique URL. For example, your domain is www.yourchurch.org. This is now the address for each app. Here is some detail:
email – mail.yourchurch.org
docs – docs.yourchurch.org
calendar – calendar.yourchurch.org
and so on …
Each app can be setup on a sub-domain to make it easy to find and access for those individuals you have setup. Here is some more detail for each application and potential uses.