"We're too busy."
"We're under-staffed as it is."
"This is extra work for our overloaded parish staff."
"We don't have the staff with time and talent to do this additional work."
We've heard it all before. Yes we have. But really, there should be no excuses when it comes to working on your new website and/or app.
First, there is no tech knowledge required. If you have the ability to send and receive email, you have enough technology background to work on the app. We have had 65-year-old grandmothers working on the app. If they can do it, you should be able to work on it as well. Click here to view a handy video tutorial.
Second, all we ask is you spend a bare minimum of 30 minute commitment each week to work on your web/app. How can that be possible? Read on.
Take a quick look at your parish bulletin for this week. Chances are you will see about 2 or 3 new articles created for the new week's issue. Simply cut and paste each one of these new articles from the bulletin and into your new web/app. Accessorize them with some nice pictures, save into your desired sections and display them on your webpage/mobile app.
Third, while it might seem simple to have only one person do all the web/app tasks weekly, it is best if you involve other people as well. As an example, the DRE can enter articles into the Religious Education section. Or you can have the Youth Minister do the Youth section. Or even have the pastor or deacon post his own homilies each week. Since it's a simple cut and paste operation, anyone can be authorized to get involved.
Fourth, consider the option of inviting one or more of your more responsible youth volunteers to take on the weekly web/app tasks. They are young, vibrant and knowledgeable. And when propoerly supervised, they will gravitate to these tasks easily.
While it may seem daunting in the beginning to take on the website reponsibilty as web editor, it really isn't. You just need to take on the commitment to make it work and the rest is simple.