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Churches, your email is important

We all love stats, so here is one about email:

Worldwide email use continues to grow at a healthy pace. In 2015, the number of worldwide email users will be nearly 2.6 billion. By the end of 2019, the number of worldwide email users will increase to over 2.9 billion. Over one-third of the worldwide population will be using email by year-end 2019. – source

The point I am trying to make is that email has been and still is one of the most widely used communication platforms in the world. You might even be reading this blog post because you saw it in an email.

As you hopefully know by now, we love the Church, so we want to say to all Churches out there, get your email right. What’s wrong with email? Well here is what prompted this article for some context.

I have personally been designing church websites for just over 6 years and during that time Gospel Powered has also offered and managed web hosting for clients too, in fact it still does. Pretty quickly it became evident that traditional email, which is hosted in the same place as your website is not a great solution, in fact it’s a pretty terrible place for your email. Here are some reasons for this:

  • If the server your website is on goes down, so does your email
  • The spam filtering provided by even the best web hosts is not that great, so you will get spam, if not today, then tomorrow
  • Unlimited disk space is a myth, it logically can’t be possible, so lots of churches have hit just over the 20GB mark and been emailed to reduce their space!
  • Email actually may chew up a lot of resources on your server, making your website perform slower

Meet G Suite (formerly Google Apps)

Over a year ago I migrated the church I attend to G Suite and they have never looked back. Before that we had fairly frequent issues with emails not sending properly or sometimes not being received, not to mention disk space issues. I kid you not, ever since we migrated to G Suite, we have had ZERO issues. Here is why G Suite is a better (if not the best) choice for your church email:

  1. It’s cheap at $5 per month, per user. Remember you get unlimited aliases so people can have more than one email
  2. It’s easy enough to set up, once you do, it’s as ‘set and forget’ as you can get. If you need help migrating to G Suite let us know, we can help!
  3. You get the best spam filtering there is, after all, email is one of Google’s core businesses
  4. Disk space is no longer an issue, you get a generous 30GB to start off with and getting more is cheap
  5. Super easy device setup since your email is like gmail, so you can use the gmail app on your mobile devices
  6. Sharing – files, calendar and more
  7. You can actually set it all up free for up to 10 users during the initial trial period, no credit card required
  8. BONUS – If you church is registered as Non Profit, then you can get G Suite for FREE!! You can get the process started here.

I think this is a no-brainer, it’s cheap (or FREE) and it works!

So many churches settle for bad solutions because of costs, which I totally understand, but this is a cost worth incurring because the cost of time, frustration and even money down the track caused by not doing it is way more. Trust me, I’ve seen it for 6 years!

Next Steps

Why not let us know in the comments below whether you made the switch and what your experience was. Also, if you want to make the switch here is a link to get you started.

If you don’t qualify for the FREE plan, do you want to get 20% off your first year with G Suite? Here are a couple of promo codes you can use!

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If these didn’t work for you, email us and we can give you a new promo code!

PS: We do earn a small referral from Google as a result, but that’s not why we wrote this blog post, we just want Churches to get their email right.

Igor Cerjan

http://gospelpowered.com
I love Jesus and my biggest passion is to see other people come to know him. I am happily married and have two awesome daughters. One of my biggest enjoyments is working with clients, particularly churches on new websites and creating an effective online presence so they can use their websites as a ministry tool. It's so powerful and if done right, it can absolutely help the church grow, both in individual maturity but also in number. That's a good thing!
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