A Sneak Peek at SoChurch, Before It Goes Public

I have written before about SoChurch, a new Web-based communications tool for churches. I serve on the Advisory Board. It has been a delight to watch the SoChurch team turn their dream and into reality. The product officially launches on Monday, January 10th. In a moment, I will tell you how to sign-up before then and get a 25% discount.

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What is SoChurch? As they say in their marketing copy.

SoChurch is a full-featured church communication control center, minus the training, systems and contracts you loathe.”

It’s not a replacement for your church’s current Web presence—though it can be if you wish. Instead, it augments what you already have and focuses on facilitating communication and thus building community. It centralizes all your church’s communication, content, and conversations into a single, secure environment.

If you are just getting started with Evernote, I suggest that you buy Brett Kelly’s remarkably practical e-book, Evernote Essentials, 4.0. It will save you HOURS of learning Evernote on your own.

It is not another social media network. (As if we needed something else to manage.) Instead, it integrates seamlessly with Facebook, Twitter, email, and even mobile devices (coming soon). It allows your community to interact with content and one another using their preferred tools and methods. It even provides a way for members to share your church’s content with those outside your existing community via their own social networks.

Perhaps most important, SoChurch doesn’t see online interaction as an end in itself. Instead, it is a means to an end—an icebreaker, if you will—for building offline relationships. To quote the Video Tour, SoChurch “makes saying ‘hello’ in the real world that much easier.”

The software is completely customizable, elegant but simple, and affordable—even for small churches. Plans start at just $19.00 a month. You can see how it compares to other solutions like “The City” here.)

Between now and the official launch on January 10th, you can get a 25% discount off your plan by taking the following two actions:

  1. Leave a comment below, explaining why you need SoChurch.
  2. Tweet the following post: “My church needs @SoChurch. Does yours? Read about it on @MichaelHyatt ’s blog: http://mhyatt.us/3y4LM”

On Monday, January 10th, to coincide with the public launch, the SoChurch team will randomly select 30 people who took these two actions and send them a special promo code that they can use to get the 25% discount for a full year.

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  • http://KnowtheNetwork.com Keith

    My Church needs sochurch. I’ve been slowly moving our church into the digital age and while we’ve made great progess through Facebook, Twitter, & Email newsletters many have yet to realized the power of a connected community. The ability to connect, organize, and enable community through the church system would revolutionize our communications.

    I’d appreciate you prayers as I present this to our staff. I’ve been watching sochurch for awhile and I so thankful it’s finally here.

    Thanks Michael

    • http://twitter.com/doughibbard Doug Hibbard

      You’re at Central in NLR, aren’t you? I was a youth intern there about 2 lifetimes ago. At the time, it was the only church I had encountered that used Macs, and they were seriously considering changing because the thought was that Mac would soon go away.

      Funny how things change.

      • http://KnowtheNetwork.com Keith

        Wow, Small World. HI Doug I am at CBCNLR

        • http://twitter.com/doughibbard Doug Hibbard

          I used to live in one of the houses the church owned across the street, before they were turned into parking spaces. Glad to see things going well there.

    • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

      I think that one of the issues with bringing people into the “digital age” is that most of the platforms you mentioned are, truly, rebaked blogging platforms.

      So here’s a question: do you necessarily have to embrace social media to be a part of tomorrow’s church?

      (I happen to think that we need a mix of both; SoChurch will never replace potluck’s and usher’s for reaching new people and bringing them into a community).

      • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

        Bret,

        We totally agree with you. Our goal is to enhance real world connections through better and more comprehensive communication efforts; which, in today’s world, are increasing going online.

        • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

          Does SoChurch have applications for TV? I was shocked to see that my parents’ cable provider actually had an apps option so they could post to twitter and FB using their remote (they have neither).

      • http://KnowtheNetwork.com Keith

        Social Media doesn’t ever replace fellowship but is it essential? Absolutely

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      Keith, thanks for following us and for striving to make your church more connected. We are excited to help you with your online communication and social media endeavors!

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      Keith,

      Thanks for considering SoChurch for your church. Follow the two steps in Michael’s post and we’ll send you a discount promo code and instructions on how to get started.

      • http://KnowtheNetwork.com Keith

        Would it be okay if I word the tweet differently? I can write a more interesting tweet for my audience.

        PS: Already tweeted from @WiredWitness and the tweet from @tsudo will be going out shortly.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Absolutely. I don’t think that is a problem.

  • Timothy Fish

    I guess the need to work on their presentation or something. I spent several minutes looking at their material and I still don’t know what SoChurch would do for me. It’s certainly not something I would be willing to try to promote in a business meeting.

    • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

      I think I felt a little like you did, but chocked it up to the fact that maybe I wasn’t their target market. Judging by the responses just here on Mike’s site, lots of ministries are looking for a one-stop-shop social media platform for their church. And it looks like it replaces some of the old-guard church standards like the Church Directory (which I thought was cool).

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      Hi Timothy,
      We will be working on getting more specific content on our website to make provide more clarity. In the meantime, you can contact support@sochurch.com for a demo of the product.

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      Hi Timothy,
      We will be working on getting more specific content on our website to make provide more clarity. In the meantime, you can contact support@sochurch.com for a demo of the product.

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  • http://geoffreywebb.wordpress.com/ Geoff Webb

    This looks great. I especially like the intent behind the technology – to facilitate and enhance real-world relationships. I’m thinking even para-church organizations, like YoungLife, could benefit from this.

    I’m not in a place to purchase this myself, but I’ll be passing this along to the pastors and faith workers I know. Thanks!

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      Hi Geoff,

      Thanks for the encouragement and for thinking outside the box. We have found that many other types of Christian organizations (not just churches) are finding SoChurch valuable to their communication efforts.

      And thanks for passing it along!

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    I am excited to know about Sochurch. Though I am not directly involved in church ministry and church administration, I am curious to know about this web tool as a tech geek. I am just interested in knowing more about Sochurch and do not contend in any way for this promo discount. Thanks for sharing about such novel application tool.

  • http://twitter.com/doughibbard Doug Hibbard

    I need this, because I’m a solo pastor in a small church. All of the administration, web content, and communication comes back to me. About half the church has moved digitally, but we’re still a good distance from finding a method that doesn’t take tons of effort on my part.

    • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

      Do you think you’ll be able to coax the half that hasn’t embraced the digital movement into at least signing up on the SoChurch roster? That to me seemed like a leap.

      • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

        One great thing about SoChurch is that you don’t have to have all your members’ buy-in before it provides value (like some other solutions). You can upload your entire member directory and start communicating to them right away. Then, they can login to change their settings or opt-out of the online community.

        • http://twitter.com/doughibbard Doug Hibbard

          Right now, my member directory is 50% deceased (literally) and mostly handwritten scribbles on a printout from an old directory program for DOS.

          So, we’re updating. And trying to help people move a little farther forward as we go. Things change slow out here on the prairie.

        • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

          Great point. That probably works a lot better if you’ve already been communicating via email or something like that.

          What do you do if a member doesn’t have an email? Is that sacrilege to even ask? lol

      • http://twitter.com/doughibbard Doug Hibbard

        That’s the leap, and why I didn’t follow all the directions regarding getting a discount code—I need this, but I need a few other things more, like working those points forward.

        I actually I have folks that have iPhones because that’s the only device on AT&T that gets good reception, but they will not use it for anything else. One guy has had one for 2 years and just discovered it’s got iPod functions.

        So, I think that this is something we’ll come to in time, but we’re not there yet. Some churches are in the digital age, and some of us aren’t.

        • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

          That bit about the iPod is fascinating. There really is a tech-gap, and sometimes it looks like a willful ignorance. But I think that also goes to show that we don’t always need the technology that we’ve become accustomed to. I remember when I got my first cell phone in 2003. I was thinking to myself, What on earth am I going to do with a cell phone? Now I can’t imagine not checking email on my mobile device—and my co-workers wouldn’t imagine it either.

  • @EJEllisTweets

    Wow, I wish I’d had a tool like SoChurch when I was serving as Director for a 100 member adult Sunday school class! We drew in new people and built relationships primarily through phone, email & face-to-face interactions. It was very time-consuming and laborious to coordinate. What a tremendous tool SoChurch would be for people serving in lay-leadership roles in the church!

    I wish you great success with the launch.

    • http://sochurch.com Jonathan Cottrell

      That’s what we found, too, EJ! It’s intended to reduce time involved online, rather than add just *another* place to post content. Do it once, let it distribute out, and be done with it. Church administration is busy enough to not have to worry about all the places to distribute your messages.

      Thanks for the comment, EJ, and if you ever do get back to serving as Director, we’ll be here for you!

  • http://twitter.com/davidcprice David C. Price

    My church really could use a tool like SoChurch. We are largely a Facebook/Twitter-driven communications church to start with and having a tool like this would allow us to really take it to a whole new level. Looks great!

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      David,

      Thanks for considering SoChurch. To get started email weloveyou@sochurch.com and we’ll send you a promo code and instructions on how to get started.

  • Bill Dodge

    In an earlier comment, someone suggested parachurch ministries for using SoChurch. I direct a ministry to the homeless, and I can see two possible uses: one for our staff (we have a staff of about 100 people) or better, to keep in touch with our clients and for them to stay in touch with each other as they move on to success in their lives. One of the hardest things for any homeless outreach like our Rescue Mission is to find people after they successfully complete our programs. This may be a simple and uninvasive way to know how they are doing, and to keep them as connected with us as they want to be.

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      Bill,

      Other national para-church ministries are using SoChurch for the same purpose you just mentioned. It’s a great way for large teams to keep in touch and communicate about events, ideas, prayer requests, and any other general information. It’s also a great way to keep staff contact information, location, and participation up to date. Email weloveyou@sochurch.com and we’ll send you a promo code to get started.

  • David

    I’ll be honest, I don’t know yet. But we do need to actively connect people online – in conversation, to needs and opportunities, to spread the gospel.
    If that’s true, then we probably will need it.

    • http://sochurch.com Jonathan Cottrell

      We’d love to talk with you, David! Give us a holler at support@sochurch.com to setup a demo. Blessings!

  • http://twitter.com/beckylaswell Becky Laswell

    I’m not commenting here to get a discount… because we’re actually already on SoChurch! (We took advantage of their special early sign-up last fall.)

    Setting up SoChurch has been remarkably easy: the system is designed intelligently and the features work just like I would expect them to. I ran a training session for some early-adopters on our staff earlier this week, and they basically didn’t need the training; even the non-tech savvy ones caught on within a few minutes. They were posting events, sharing prayer requests, posting to Facebook… all without any fancy training guides. I think that’s the sign of a good tool!

    We’ve been on since early December, and yes, I will admit there have been a few question-marks along the way – but their staff has responded quickly and proactively to fix things. What’s there today is entirely workable; I’m also dreaming of the ways SoChurch will expand in the future… a platform like this is so needed in our world.

    I look forward to seeing how SoChurch helps fill many gaps in our current communicating & connecting strategy.

    Becky Laswell
    Gateway Church, Austin Texas
    http://etc.mattbecky.com

    • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

      I’m really curious about the congregation. Has it boosted connection? Does it facilitate outsiders trying to enter the community?

      • http://twitter.com/beckylaswell Becky Laswell

        We haven’t rolled it out to the congregation yet, so I can’t say for certain. But, as I’ve tested it, I’m confident we’ll have better connection for newcomers, as well as stronger ties among existing group members.

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      Becky,

      Thanks for sharing your experience with SoChurch and for all your support. Just so you know, we have a new release coming in just a few days with subsequent releases coming shortly thereafter. For just a glimpse of what is to come you can check out our Roadmap here –> http://sochurch.com/features/next/

  • Bill Owen

    I believe our church could benefit from SoChurch. I certainly am interested at taking a closer look. Thanks for the heads up.

    • http://sochurch.com Jonathan Cottrell

      Hey Bill, just let us know if we can help! Thanks for the interest.

  • http://onstagetechnologies.com Scott Kantner

    Why would we need SoChurch? So we could do church instead of do tech. This looks really well-conceived and executed! Wow!

    • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

      Is tech really getting in the way of “doing church?”

      • http://sochurch.com Jonathan Cottrell

        This a good question, Bret! Perhaps we should follow-up on SoChurch with a blog post about it. What’s your take?

        • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

          My take is that if that’s true, the answer is probably not a tech solution. I thought the part in the video that demonstrated people entering into new relationships more easily was a neat idea, but I don’t know that it’s real. I work on a missions base of more than 1000 people. I’m “friends” with lots of people on facebook that I’ve never met in person, but I can’t really think of a time where FB actually facilitated an actual, breathing, relationship. And if there is one challenge that keeps popping up for churches, it’s how to facilitate relationships.

      • http://onstagetechnologies.com Scott Kantner

        In the most general sense, I would say it definitely is not in the way, and I would actually argue in favor of tech in the church.

        I’m talking about getting lost in the nuts and bolts of the technology itself instead of getting the benefit from it. In situations where the church tech staff is one or two volunteers with skill levels ranging from just average down to zero, asking them to try to do state-of-the-art social networking or new media is simply beyond the pale. They just don’t have the tools or time to make it happen. I see having the plumbing provided by others, such as SoChurch, to be a tremendous blessing, so that the ends can stay in focus rather than the means.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I agree. Tech is neutral. It is all about how it is used. Thanks.

      • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

        I have seen technology facilitate ministry and I have seen the process of doing tech stuff get in the way of doing ministry. I helped develop a web application for sharing worship rehearsal resources – it makes a huge difference in facilitating weekly worship ministry. Obviously, the social networks and web sites provide other ways for interaction beyond Sunday; and other technology enhances many different aspects of ministry.

        I think the difficulty often comes in the process. I have tech stuff implemented where it is more of a distraction. And, I have seen tech stuff implemented without a properly thought out strategy – creating extra steps or barriers for people to go through (which can turn off many congregants).

        All this to say, tech is great – it just needs to come with great strategy, common sense, and constant evaluation.

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      Thanks Scott,

      Follow Step #2 in Michael’s post and we’ll send you a discount promo code and instructions on how to get started.

  • http://twitter.com/cog2803 Bill Buchanan

    I’m actively looking at SaaS options to communicate with small groups/classes/ad-hoc groups/volunteers/etc AND to enable those groups to communicate internally and with other groups.

    I’m not certain that sochurch is the solution just yet . . . but it warrants much further investigation

    Bill Buchanan
    Storyteller
    Irving Bible Church

    • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

      I like your job title. :-)

      Bret Mavrich
      Complimentor

      • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

        :)

        Jeff Randleman
        Smiler

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for considering SoChurch. Email weloveyou@sochurch.com to get in on a short demo that can better acquaint you with SoChurch.

  • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

    That bit in the middle about “making contact in the real world that much easier.”—that was brilliant.

    My big question, though, is does it integrate with FB from a user standpoint. If users need a new name and password and are forced to navigate to a different area outside of where they already naturally are, they probably won’t use it.

    It makes me think of GodTube, the Christian alternative to YouTube. SoChurch isn’t the Christian FB alternative, is it?

    • http://sochurch.com Jonathan Cottrell

      To answer your question: yes, it does integrate. Our view of communication at SoChurch is that it is too fragmented and that people want to consume information in the ways they choose–they don’t want to be forced to visit yet another website. That doesn’t work. Even if members NEVER visit a church’s site (though we encourage otherwise), they will still receive email updates pertinent to them and their involvement at their church. Even if members ONLY use Facebook, they can consume the information that way, without the church admins and leaders having to go post such content to Facebook. The entire idea is that it centralizes and simplifies messages going out and helps foster community within–and outside–of church walls.

      If you are interested in talking further, we’d love to. Give us a shout at support@sochurch.com. Blessings!

      • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

        Thanks for filling in the gaps. I recently discovered Disqus (per this blog) and I love it. It looked to me like maybe some of the power of SoChurch was along the same lines.

  • Dan

    We were going to go all in with The City this week! I think I will wait to learn more about SoChurch:-) Question does this allow, for example, a person to check the ‘groups’ he or she wants regular communication from? If I want updates from Youth ministry, but don’t care about the Music ministry can I ‘opt’ in and out?
    How does the calendar system work?
    Thank you!

    Dan

    • http://sochurch.com Jonathan Cottrell

      Great question, Dan… and yes it does. We would LOVE to talk with you more in depth–and help save your church and ministry money–before you pull the trigger. We’ve already had a few City customers make the switch. Email us at support@sochurch.com and we’ll get back to you quickly!

  • http://twitter.com/joshweidmann Josh Weidmann

    Thanks, Michael. We are looking into different tools like this right now. (I will comment again if we are going to try and get the discount, but this is BIG change for us so lots of discussion is taking place). For now, I just wanted to say “THANK YOU” for being mindful of the church doing ministry better and for serving on a board like Sochurch’s.

    • http://sochurch.com Jonathan Cottrell

      We echo that THANK YOU to Michael, Josh.

  • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

    Very cool, Michael! Just wanted to let you know that i posted a blog on GoogleReader…wanted to let everyone who follows my blog know about it. Since you recommended it, I have cut my blog reading time significantly! It now takes less than 15 min to go through about 20 sites!

  • http://twitter.com/DarienGabriel Darien Gabriel

    This looks promising but I look forward to test driving. The City is powerful but it’s so pricey. (The City = SoPricey?) Anyway, hopefully this will push the City to improve AND lower costs. We are a church of 120 and we pay about $1,000/year. But right now, there’s nothing like it out there…so we continue to use and enjoy. This concept is long-overdue.

    • http://sochurch.com Jonathan Cottrell

      We agree, Darien, and that was actually one of the main reasons we started. We’d love to talk with you further. Just shoot us an email at support@sochurch.com.

  • http://twitter.com/DarienGabriel Darien Gabriel

    This looks promising but I look forward to test driving. The City is powerful but it’s so pricey. (The City = SoPricey?) Anyway, hopefully this will push the City to improve AND lower costs. We are a church of 120 and we pay about $1,000/year. But right now, there’s nothing like it out there…so we continue to use and enjoy. This concept is long-overdue.

  • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

    Michael,

    Thanks for encapsulating our efforts so well and for helping the Church move forward into exploring new ways to facilitate ministry.

  • Andrew Acker

    Being that I don’t work directly in the church environment, you can bet I will pass this along to those I know that can use it. The interface looks great, the concept is outstanding and the need is large. Every person matters, and this program can drastically help churches collaborate, organize and share with their organization and congregation in many like a CRM works for a business. Brilliant!

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      Andrew,

      Thanks for the support and for passing it along!

  • Nancy

    As a solo pastor of a small congregation attempting to bridge generational gaps, SoChurch looks like a great tool for us to strengthen communication and open up new avenues for building relationships. We’re excited to see what SoChurch has to offer to help us in ministry.
    Thanks for the article!
    Nancy

    • http://sochurch.com Jonathan Cottrell

      Thanks Nancy… we look forward to hearing from you and seeing how we might be able to meet your needs!

  • Josh Street

    We need sochurch to simply our social media efforts and incorporated them into our follow-up processes… plus we use ACS and I would really very much like to not be stuck with it forever.

    • http://sochurch.com Jonathan Cottrell

      Awesome Josh! Just email us at support@sochurch.com so we can help you investigate further. Blessings!

  • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

    Hey Michael!

    Saw your comment on yesterday’s blog… As far as the RSS goes- I have one on the site. Just for some reason, it says “Internet Explorer is not able to read this feed”. Do you know what might be causing it? Maybe it might just be my cpu…

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’m sorry, but I don’t know.

  • Andy Wittwer

    Michael – I just had to say that reading the sochurch vs thecity comparison page makes me quite uncomfortable. I would think sochurch could win just by putting the specs of each organization against each other; instead, it starts off with “Open and Integrated vs. Exclusive and Duplicative”.
    The article presents The City as some sort of malevolent group of people instead of fellow Christians trying to bring glory to Christ. Then toward the end they refer to them as “brother and sisters” – not a very nice picture of family. Bad form.
    If I were looking for this type of service, I’m pretty sure this page would convince me to somewhere else completely.

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      Hi Andy,

      I could understand your concern if we were talking about individuals, but what we are comparing is their approach and their product against our approach and our product. We are not comparing their personal beliefs or values against ours.

      We have met some of the folks from the City and wish them the best. However, we thought it would be good to continue the friendly rivalry that they started, for clarity’s sake and to help our customers (and theirs) distinguish between the two.

      In the end, friendly competition, “calling it like it is”, and a bit of healthy conflict will only help the Church make better decisions. We’re up for it and we think they are, too.

  • Kelly

    Cannot wait to get SoChurch — I’ve investigated and it went on my Communications plan for 2011 last month.

    • http://sochurch.com Jonathan Cottrell

      Awesome, Kelly! Can’t wait to have you on board.

  • Lee

    I’m interested. I pastor a church that is moving to the 100 barrier and communications is becoming an increasing headache. I like the idea of “one stop” to facilitate that as well as develop greater community.

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  • Chad

    I need SoChurch, as a church planter, to facilitate community with apprentices, disciples, and others in my core group.

    • http://sochurch.com Jonathan Cottrell

      Just follow the steps and we’ll love to get you started, Chad! SoChurch is perfect for a plant’s needs and will grow with your church, too.

  • Dave

    My church needs SoChurch to help us connect the three generations and varying levels of social media ability in our body in a new, dynamic and meaningful way. Twitter,Facebook, and email have their places, but any Church needs a “sacred” space to come together, even online.

    • http://sochurch.com Jonathan Cottrell

      I love this comment, Dave. We agree with you. Multi-generational gaps is a difficult and growing challenge in this digital age. We’ve focused heavily on SoChurch’s usability so that, whatever the age, SoChurch will be easy-to-use for them. Looking forward to hearing how it goes for you and your church!

  • Terrin

    this is crazy… we just had a staff meeting yesterday to discuss a new ChMS and settled on SoChurch, though we didn’t have a launch date for it yet… we really do need SoChurch because we don’t have a means to track our people, and more of them are getting online these days!

    • http://sochurch.com Jonathan Cottrell

      Wow, thanks Terrin! Can’t wait to hear how it goes. Knowing who you’re communicating with–or need to communicate with–is the first step, and we can’t wait to solve this problem for you! Let us know how it goes… we’re listening.

  • http://twitter.com/ThatGuyKC K.C. Procter

    This looks amazing! Going to recommend to the church our family attends. Thank you!

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      Thanks for the recommendation K.C.!

  • http://twitter.com/agilescout Agile Scout

    Epic win. Sochurch is for the win!

  • http://twitter.com/2020VisionBook Joshua Hood

    The way people are communicating is changing. Online collaboration is one of the most valuable tools in our arsenal. I love the flexibility of this product. The fact that it encompasses so many methods of online communication is what makes it powerful. Between email, Twitter, Facebook, website, etc… you will hit every group and demographic in your church.

    Joshua Hood
    2020visiononline.org

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      That the whole idea :-) Thanks for recognizing the need!

  • http://twitter.com/kmhamilton Kristen Hamilton

    My church needs SoChurch to get us into the 21st century! :) It’s an exciting time for us with new leadership casting a missional vision and SoChurch would be a key part of a new communications strategy to help launch an effort to build real communities around gospel living. We have to become part of the conversations that are happening where people are forming relationships – the majority of that is online and with every succeeding generation it will be more and more the case. SoChurch is the ideal tool to position our people to effectively bring the message of gospel living into their existing networks through meaningful conversations. Fantastic product, ideal team behind it, can’t wait to see how God will use it!

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      Thanks Kristen,
      You have identified many of the reasons we set out to create SoChurch in the first place. We are excited to see how God (and his Church) will use it, too!

  • Keith

    We need sochurch to continue our plans of connecting people together.

  • Pastor Ron Collett

    I recently assumed the pastorate of a small church with a big vision in a metro area. The group was basically communicating through the services held, by touching one another through calling and a few were connecting through e-mail. As far as a member database, the church had most of their data still on cards. I believe SoChurch will bring this precious group into a new way of communicating as well as open up many doors of growth for the sake of Christ.

    Thanks for an opportunity to get us up and running for the new year.

    Pastor Ron

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  • http://www.theofgroup.com Bryan Owens

    Perfect. I set out two months ago to research a tool that could connect our church connected not only to each other, but to our sister church in Rwanda. I want to explore how to use this tool to keep us connected overseas.

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      Hi Bryan,
      Email support@sochurch.com and we can tell you a lot more about the product as well as provide an online demo so you can see how it might suit the needs of your church.

  • Pastor Joe Bell

    We have people who never call and people who text incessantly. We send out blogs, emails, text messages to phones, Facebook & notes. We need one platform to reach all of them- and enable them to reach each other. We have no administrative pastor or secretary. We need SoChurch!

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      Hi Joe,
      Email support@sochurch.com for a promo code and we’ll get you started.

  • http://twitter.com/MattBeard Matt Beard

    I love the idea but because of the demographics of my church I’m not interested in trying it at the moment. I can’t wait to watch it develop. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    This looks quite interesting. Our church isn’t too tech savvy yet, so I’m not sure that this is needed in our situation just yet. But the day is coming. I can see all kinds of opportunities for this in our future, maybe even near future. Thanks for showing me this!

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      Hi Jeff,
      If your church isn’t too tech savvy, you’re in luck. We’ve designed a solution that can meet the needs of a tech savvy church but that can be navigated and used by just about anyone who has internet access. Hopefully it can be in your near future ;-)

      • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

        I appreciate you commenting back.

        I really like the look of SoChurch. It just might be in our future.

        But maybe “tech savvy” is misleading. I’m sure your solution is extremely user-friendly, but our situation here is mind-set as much as ability. For example, we just switched our newsletter from printed, mailed format to email, and PDF download on our website. That took four months of board meeting discussion, two decision reversals, and a concession to continue to mail it to those who don’t want to change to the new format. It’s a mindset issue here right now. But I’m not giving up!

        Thanks again!

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

    I’m generally not a fan of these types of technologies marketed specifically at churches (feels like profiteering from within the church), but $19/month is pretty affordable. Sounds like an interesting solution. What are early adopters saying?

    • http://www.benforsberg.com Ben Forsberg

      Hi Jeff,
      We definitely don’t want to be “profiteers” but we do think that by earning some profits we will be in a much better position to serve the church over the long haul by providing product updates, research, quality staff, and cutting edge solutions. We are trying our hardest to keep the pricing low and be true to our motto to under-price and over-serve, especially when it comes to the church. You can read a little bit more about why we think that a for-profit company, when done the right way, can truly exist to serve the church with a great product at a great price here –> http://sochurch.com/2010/10/for-profit-for-good/. Economies of scale will allow us to provide cheaper and better solutions than an open source solution that requires hours of time and energy to implement.

      • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

        That’s fair, Ben. I’ll check that out.

  • Wil

    I’ve been looking at several different options–onthecity, cobblestone, the table (not available). This seems like it might fit us better. We do a lot through the emma email system and it’s growing every year. We’d like to take a step into this with a church-focused tool apart from FB, I think.

  • http://twitter.com/jcwinter Justin Winter

    My Church needs sochurch to help in fostering greater community across different small groups and in small groups.

    Even just being able to have the entire body spread out over a google maps chart to be able to see at a glance and see who lives in the same neighborhood is something that is pretty exciting.

    I can easily see the following situation where people did not even realize where other members where really close to them. Now they can strategize how to reach their neighbors, how cool would it be to be able to ‘tag’ a particular house that is not a member house as “jon smith” where neighbors can continually post updates about when they talked to them and what things to be praying about for them. It could potentially be a visual hyper-local non-christian non-member CRM solution to reach your Jerusalem for Christ more efficiently, purposefully, and effectively.

  • http://twitter.com/davidspencer David Spencer

    Greetings from Canada.

    I have created a list of Content Management Systems (CMS) that churches may wish to consider for developing their web site.
    http://media.davidspencer.ca/wiki/CMS_for_Churches

    David Spencer

  • http://www.mactonweb.com/ Web design London

    That bit about the iPod is fascinating. There really is a tech-gap, and sometimes it looks like a willful ignorance. But I think that also goes to show that we don’t always need the technology that we’ve become accustomed to.