We’re so pleased to be at the ACC conference in Port Macquarie with 1000 Australian church leaders.
As a sponsor, EzyChurch is demonstrating our commitment and relevance to the church and looking forward to showing pastors how we can provide them with the latest tools at a price that everyone can afford.
We also brought a few hundred triple chocolate cookies over from New Zealand just to help show the attendees what a sweet product EzyChurch really is!
I joined EzyStream in late May, 2018 as Head of Sales. I am excited about the opportunity presented by EzyStream and the dynamic platform that we have allowing our customers the ability to connect, engage and inspire their communities.
I have a long history working within technology and around software specifically. I actually started my career working in the music industry as a music recording engineer working out of York Street Recording studios in Auckland and touring with bands like the Parachute Band and Steriogram around New Zealand, Australia and the United States.
For the past 20 years however I have been squarely focused on technology, working in IT administration, development and project management roles as well as a long stint working for another New Zealand born software company Streamtime.
My role at EzyStream is about helping build a team around a strategy to expand our customer base. I will be working to grow the team, implement the processes and systems to allow us to manage customer growth efficiently and working on the coal face dealing with you, our customers!
I am excited to be here at EzyStream and about the future our business has with this exciting platform.
I look forward to working with our clients and meeting all the new prospective organisations out there who will reap the benefits out platform can provide.
If you’re anything like me, the 3am worry-window brings fresh awareness of the problems I’m facing, but not a lot of the solutions that help. The tossing and turning over every angle, except the one that brings the answer.
If your regular work involves Church Communications, then almost certainly we can help you along to a better night sleep!
How you might ask? Well, we’re passionate and talented when it comes to this subject. Mention Church Comms, and we have a lot of really helpful ideas. Why not call us up for a chat sometime, or if you prefer, you can jot down a few details here, and we’ll call you! You never know, it might really help you with that nagging problem you’ve been wracking your brain with all week. Sometimes, life works like that!
Once upon a time, you’d have been hoping the answer was a $10 note to be put in the offering bag rather than a plain old plum, but these days it’s a different story.
The 2017 Reserve Bank of Australia payments survey shows that the use of cash has halved, down from 69% of people to just 37% in the 10 years from 2007 to 2017. That means your average pew-dweller is only half as likely to have anything to put in the plate as they once were. Or more worryingly, just 1 in 3 of those in your church has even a single dollar coin in their pocket ready to respond to the weekly offering. This is a problem for churches and charities who have traditionally relied upon impulse giving for a large percentage of their donation-base.
Whilst it’s true that systems like automatic payments have proven extremely popular for regular giving – it’s that emotional connection in the moment – or the need to respond to something urgent, last minute that lacks a suitable avenue for response. That is till now.
We’re proud to announce that as of 1 August 2018 – churches in Australia & New Zealand will have access to a locally-owned and operated donations platform that will streamline your giving for the 21st century. With this functionality within a church app, people once again have the power to give using a card of their choice – or even more excitingly, a pre-loaded payment method such as Apple Pay or Google Pay. There’s no complex fee structure, not monthly rental for our custom app customers and a wealth of flexibility to collect everything from event fees (think breakfasts, camps, youth etc.) through regular one-off or recurring giving.
EzyStream Giving puts the power to manage financial interactions with church goers right into the palm of their hands. It is the simplest, app-based giving system you can implement – and it sits alongside our whole suite of powerful communication features.
You could be like little Jack Horner, vainly hoping for a fresh slice of the ever decreasing plum, or even worse, like Old Mother Hubbard who suddenly found that even the dog was going hungry. Or – you could take a simple but highly effective step into the future and re-engage those for whom the thought of giving cash, or mailing in a cheque leaves them feeling they’re stuck firmly in the land of old-school rhyme.