January 13, 2023
We will be closed on Monday, January 16 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
December 09, 2022
Just in time for the Christmas season, your church texting can now send an image with your text. Generate excitement and interest in your Special Services this month by including a festive image, or let everyone know that it’s Baptism Sunday this weekend. Since it’s winter, get the word out quickly about a last-minute weather cancellation.
This feature is already available under the Church Texting tab in OCS 3.0. Watch this 37 second video to see how easy it is.
September 20, 2022
Things may have been quiet on our blog for awhile, but bubbling just below the surface has been a lot of work in preparation for our next round of releases. So it is time again to begin sharing regular updates, including a new streamlined website for the smaller church that we have managed to keep under wraps but will start revealing soon. Stay tuned!
March 22, 2022
It's already such a busy time, but don't forget that Easter is a few weeks away. That means getting ready for visitors, and we've got you covered with our list of 9 Things for Your Church to Check Before Easter. Tune up your online presence, learn how to better follow-up with visitors, and plan your communication for special and online services.
Head over to the post here: 9 Things for Your Church to Check Before Easter
March 17, 2022
They say time flies when you’re having fun! Well, it’s unbelievable how fast these first 10 years in business flew by. So much happened over a decade, yet in many ways it feels like we’re just beginning. Maybe it’s because during these first 10 years we have learned even more about what churches and ministries need, growing our skills to provide the latest church management tools to help you thrive.
As we were finishing our time in the international mission field in 2011, we had no idea that it would give us a great foundation for serving churches today. Mark’s bivocational programming work and Alisha’s mission work building websites for churches and ministries gave us insight to helping churches communicate better. Our initial focus was on websites but quickly included an increased focus on communication and church management software (ChMS), the tools your church can use today.
While you may have known we serve over 400 churches and ministries across the US and over 17 additional countries, during this decade we’ve been able to help spread the gospel with over 5 million streams of sermons, over 215,000 group texts sent, and email newsletter deliveries are approaching 1 million.
We reached this milestone thanks to many who’ve worked alongside us. And with what we’ve learned with your input, we are more excited about the coming weeks, months, years—and next decade! The 3+ Roll Out continues at this exciting time in our history, seeing a dream fulfilled and providing the vision for our next 10 years in business.
Thank you for being part of our celebration!
February 08, 2022
It's gonna be a busy year, so get started now planning your Vacation Bible School (VBS), Bible Camp, or other summer children's events. We have some great ideas and tools that can make your work a breeze, from event registration to child check-in. Get all the details at our post, "VBS: Plan, Communicate, Promote and Organize with Our Software".
February 03, 2022
The 3+ Website Builder work continues, and the second beta release happens this month. Today we wanted to update you on Quick-Change Controls in 3+, bringing the controls as close to the on-page elements as possible. This means while building your webpage, you edit in a popup so there are less menus to click on and less steps to make the changes you want. It's a great improvement over both 2.0 and 3.0, helping you build your site even faster.
Want to see how this works? Watch our short video example using sections with buttons. Mark explains your ability to delete/add buttons, change button text, select icons (including position or not having one at all), button style, and links. You'll find that expandable lists, staff, and other sections will have popups for editing.