Every church faces two similar limitations: money and time.

It doesn’t matter if you think your church’s budget is “big” or “small.” You only have so much money to pay for:

  • Missions
  • Personnel
  • Building/Facilities
  • Office Expenses
  • Ministry

When it comes to time, you run into the same challenge: You’re limited by what’s available. After you spend time counseling, preparing your sermon, or checking email, there’s likely little leftover if any.

To maximize money and redeem time, there’s a growing trend among churches in hiring virtual help. With advancements in technology and the growth of organizations devoted to providing virtual assistants or freelancers, it’s never been easier or more affordable to outsource a variety of tasks.

To help you get started, I’m going to share with you 4 common things many churches are outsourcing today.

#1 – Accounting

Keeping track of your church’s finances is no joke.

The time it takes to record donations and write down expenses is demanding. What’s more, bookkeeping is an exact science that requires professional training to do correctly.

So here’s the deal:

Bookkeeping isn’t an area of your ministry you can afford to overlook.

I know many of you reading this are not trained accountants, and you may not have the time to manage your church’s finances or have the budget to hire a full-time bookkeeper. But that’s okay.

Regardless of your church size, you can easily outsource your bookkeeping at a fraction of the cost of hiring another staff member.

By outsourcing your accounting needs, you will be able to free up a tremendous amount of time in your ministry and relieve yourself from a load of stress.

#2 – Administrative Support

As a pastor, God doesn’t call you to do everything.

It doesn’t matter how much coffee you drink or educational YouTube videos you watch, as a pastor (let alone a human being) you don’t have the time or skills to do everything.

From preparing your next sermon and counseling to managing an upcoming board meeting and spearheading a new outreach initiative, it’s a Herculean feat to stay on top of your schedule.

Thanks again to the advances in technology, you can outsource many tasks to a Virtual Assistant, including:

  • Responding to emails and messages
  • Scheduling meetings
  • Conducting sermon research
  • Answering phone calls
  • Managing your calendar
  • Managing digital files
  • Purchasing gifts
  • Booking travel
  • Transcribing messages
  • Preparing presentations

I understand a Virtual Assistant may not be able to greet someone in your church building. But let’s be honest: Do enough people visit your facilities to require hiring a full-time staff member?

That's not all.

Hiring a Virtual Assistant is especially helpful for newer or smaller churches who don’t have the budget to hire full-time assistance.

Think about it.

By outsourcing your administrative tasks, you can …

  • Reduce your stress
  • Better organize your ministry and life
  • Free up your time

Whenever you experience these three significant benefits, you’ll be more available for your church and able to serve from a healthier place since you’re plate won’t be as full.

#3 – Marketing

I know what you’re thinking:

We don’t have the money to spend on marketing.

If you’re thinking this, then you’re not alone. Many church leaders unknowingly believe the same myth. But let me shoot you straight:

You don’t have to have a massive budget to market your church.

In fact, you don’t need a budget, a dedicated staff member, or even a volunteer for many marketing strategies.

To connect with people in your community, word of mouth will always be one of the most effective (and free) marketing tactics at your disposal.

But here’s the kicker:

Most people in your community will visit your church online before they visit your church in-person.

Before you lose all hope, take a deep breath.

You don’t have to be a digital marketer, possess large sums of disposable income, or work with someone in your community to reach people online.

You can outsource all of your digital marketing efforts, such as:

  • Facebook Ads
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Social Media Management
  • Social Media Engagement
  • Email Marketing
  • Videos

Once you’ve outsourced your marketing needs or embarked on handling your digital presence yourself, you’re ready to move onto the next step.

#4 – Graphic Design

We live in a visual culture.

Whether it’s using a smartphone, watching TV, or working on a computer, Americans spend more than half of their waking hours on a screen.

For your church, this has real, practical implications.

When someone visits your church’s website, browses your social media accounts, or picks up your bulletin, they’re comparing you with everything else they see.

This reality is a hard pill to swallow, and it can feel impossible to compete with the quality of design multi-billion-dollar businesses can afford.

But that’s no longer the case.

You can outsource your graphic design needs to an expert designer in the United States or around the world for much less than hiring someone full-time.

Besides, even if you can afford to hire a full-time graphic designer, I bet he or she doesn’t have the bandwidth to keep up with all of the demands.

Based on your situational needs, you can outsource all of your graphic design work or provide additional support for your team.

Here are common design needs you can outsource:

  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Sermon Series Design
  • Social Media Graphics
  • Bulletins
  • Event Collateral
  • Newsletters
  • Flyers
  • Postcards
  • Stationary
  • Invitation Cards
  • Banners
  • Logos
  • Signs

Now that you’re able to outsource your graphic design, you’ll be able to put your best foot forward by presenting your church in the best possible light.

Now it’s your turn.

Now that you’ve seen how easy it is to outsource your …

  • Accounting
  • Administration
  • Marketing
  • Graphic Design

You’re in an ideal spot to take the first step:

Pick ONE THING you can outsource now to save yourself time, reduce your stress, and help you better minister to your people.

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