Communications & Technology
The diocese offers direct assistance and support to congregations in technology and communications with a focus on components that carry the highest value and help to produce the best results.
Consulting and Training
The diocesan staff is a resource to support and advise congregations and affiliated organizations on technology projects, upgrades, computer and network support options, and how best to support special projects and initiatives. The staff is also able to consult on communications projects, website design and development, options for managing content, getting engaged with social media, and developing your brand online.
In addition, classroom and online training sessions are made available throughout the year in areas of particular concern to congregation leaders and staff and are designed to provide information, suggest approaches and solutions, and address specific questions.
Website and Social Media Presence
For details on how to approach and complete a website design project, refer to the resource materials here. Several Digital Church videos are also available on this topic including how to assess a website, steps for completing the project, and a communications case study video on St. Paul's, K Street. A video from the diocese focused on social media for churches is available here. Companion resource materials on the why, what, and how of churches and social media are available here.
The diocesan staff can help with looking at how you can improve or rework your existing site, how to navigate the process of getting a new site with a fresh design, and how to leverage social media platforms to extend your church community using various tools and expand your ministry into new arenas online.
Google Suite for congregations
Churches are able to take advantage of the power of the Google platform using the free G Suite for Non-Profits system. An information video on this system is available here, and companion materials are available here. Recent G Suite webinars for EDOW congregations are listed below. Stay tuned to the weekly email bulletin for new training series!
Learn more about G Suite adoption, support, and training.
Church Membership & Engagement System
The Diocese of Washington is leading the way in helping parishes respond with new technology to manage parish information and engage with parishioners and visitors more responsively and effectively. In collaboration with ACS Technologies, the Diocese has negotiated to bring the online Realm system to all parishes in the Diocese of Washington. The diocesan plan includes premium features such as a complete online suite for managing all membership and contributions data, accept online pledges and giving directly into the system, extensive customization capabilities, managing parish groups and committees, event registration, and a mobile app to manage and update information in the system. The Realm system is available at a discounted plan to all EDOW parishes. Contact Peter Turner with questions and for more information.
Learn more about the Realm Membership System training initiative.
The Diocese of Washington has an agreement with Vanco Payment Solutions to offer preferred transaction rates for congregations including $0 monthly fees and reduced transaction rates. The pricing plans from Vanco are included below:
Below are links for EDOW parishes to sign-up who are new to Vanco eGiving:
For EDOW parishes who are existing Vanco clients looking to take advantage of the pricing, please fill out the e-forms. Please refer to the pricing plan for details of the two available plans:
If you would like to enroll with Vanco but have questions on the price plans, please contact Chelsea Funfar at Vanco Payment Solutions.
Technology Infrastructure Consulting
Technology systems help keep your church running and the church leadership, staff, and congregation connected. For a congregation, these systems may include but not be limited to computer and network hardware, software to create reports and publications, liturgy planning software, church membership systems to manage parishioners' information and pledge and contribution records, accounting software, online giving systems, and tools to automate event registrations. In addition, questions often arise around best practices, purchasing options, and how to assess requirements and identify a solution. Contact Peter Turner for help for assistance with resources and guidance.
A series of recorded information sessions on topics of communications and technology is available the EDOW YouTube Channel. Topics covered include technology best practices, social media, website development, media relations, Google, and more. Companion materials for the video sessions and other areas in this Digital Church section are available here. Please let us know if you have questions or suggestions relating to this content.
Contact Peter Turner with questions relating to projects or general concerns on any of the above areas.