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Google Apps For Your Church

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.

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Accomplishments Church Management General

TheChurchBusinessGuys.com Helps Church Obtain Financing for a Building Purchase

We had the privilege of seeing a project come to completion today.  We were able to attend the closing on a new building for New Visions World Ministries.  This project has taken several months and required quite a few hours of document and report preparation.

We were able to prepare all the financial statements, prepare their 2011 budget and present and deliver the documents to our bank contacts.  Rick Parks at Centrue Bank was able to approve financing for the church to finalize the purchase.  It was an enduring process but to finally see it come to fruition was very gratifying.  It is awesome to be a small part of God’s work in Cahokia, Illinois.

We look forward to a continued relationship with New Visions and seeing God move in their congregation.

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Accounting Church Management

Your Virtual Back Office

I saw a commercial last night for a business software program (which will remain nameless) that says it’s like having a ‘virtual back office.’  I was instantly intrigued because, after all, that is a catch phrase we have been using.  After watching the commercial, I realized that yes, it is like having a ‘virtual back office’ with just one problem; You still have to do ALL the work!

This fired me up to spread the concept we have created with even more fervency.  Much like that software, we also provide a ‘virtual back office.’  However, our concept has one vast difference.  We are a virtual back office.  When you partner with us, you are not relying on yourself to input info into the software correctly.  With our concept, you input the information, and our experts take care of making sure the info is handled correctly.  You just sit back, and know that your books are correct, and reports are readily available when you need them.

You are good at what you do.  We are good at what we do.  Let us handle the business so you can focus on your business, ministering to your church.