IconCMO Church Software Partners with LiveEdit to Offer Integrated Church Website Solutions

Posted by: on Nov 27, 2012 in Client News | No Comments
IconCMO Church Software Partners with LiveEdit to Offer Integrated Church Website Solutions

Cloud-based church software company, Icon Systems, is proud to announce a new integrated church website solution through its new partner, LiveEdit, maker of powerful websites and mobile church websites. Using LiveEdit’s content management system (CMS) with custom apps and mobile marketing, churches can easily integrate the powerful IconCMO church database together with your church website.

Integrated Church Website Features Include:

  • Online directory that links to the live data on the church’s database
  • Online calendar that pulls information directly from your IconCMO database
  • E-commerce website to sell things like t-shirts for church events
  • Place to store your sermons or other types of media online for sharing
  • Way to easily send e-Newsletters out to all your members about upcoming events
  • Mobile website that makes it simple for people to view your information from a smartphone

LiveEdit provides websites and mobile sites with a powerful yet simple user interface for editing and updating. The client can control all of their content with tools that are available through an easy drag-and-drop interface. The church can type or paste in text, create image galleries with sliders, re-size images automatically, insert video content, drop in YouTube videos, and create forms using the form builder.
The easy-to-use LiveEdit website solution incorporates the church’s data from IconCMO in various website layouts. It’s an attractive solution for clients that want to bring the back-end data to their church website for a personal connection with the community and its members,” comments Bill Gifford, president of Icon Systems Inc.

LiveEdit can easily convert an existing church website over to LiveEdit or create a customized design. Other features include the promo store, church QR code generator, church email marketing, blogging, unlimited web pages, and a mobile version of the church website. The mobile website can display a different view than the main website, which allows for a special church donation collection during a weekend service for a cause. This church website integration can also enhance a church’s online presence, making the community more aware of the church’s mission and allowing church members to know what’s happening.

“An effective church is one that is involved and plugged in to its community,” notes LiveEdit Co-Owner Eugene Schreder. “The most important tool you have to accomplish this is your church website. LiveEdit not only puts you in control of your website (and mobile site), but also places some amazing tools at your fingertips to inform, encourage, and engage both current and potential attendees.”

By teaming up with IconCMO, you are now able to integrate many of IconCMO’s services directly into your website and mobile site. This means people can stay on your site when checking out the church calendar or membership directory from their mobile device. It’s all integrated and cohesive – adopting your site’s same fonts and styles.

About LiveEdit

LiveEdit (http://www.liveeditaurora.com/) has been a multi-channel marketing solution for over 10 years. The company takes the “tech” out of editing and updating web and mobile sites, making it easy to keep things new and fresh. LiveEdit is continually rolling out cutting-edge features. The company strives to align itself with partnerships that offer an amazing, no-brainer solution to its clients.

About Icon Systems, Inc.

Icon Systems, Inc. (http://www.iconcmo.com) has been a leader in the church management system industry for 20 years, developing high-quality software exclusively for religious organizations from church plants to denominational offices. The company continues to enhance its cloud-based church management software with new features to meet the ongoing administrative and communication needs of the churches it serves. Icon Systems has three prominent offerings: 1) IconCMO – a web-based church management solution that meets the needs of individual churches, 2) IconCMO+ – a web-based multisite church management solution for multisite churches and churches with denominational offices on the local, national, and international level, and 3) Revelations – a single user or network-based church management software package. IconCMO/IconCMO+ also offer iPad, iPhone, and Android web apps for expanded productivity. Icon Systems has a deep software engineering heritage that has enabled its products to achieve unprecedented performance, reliability, and customer satisfaction.

ROAR’s Matt McKee to Present on Church Mobile App Technology and Church Social Strategy at InfoComm 2012

Posted by: on May 21, 2012 in Client News | No Comments
ROAR’s Matt McKee to Present on Church Mobile App Technology and Church Social Strategy at InfoComm 2012

Each year, over 33,000 consultants, Audio-Visual integrators, designers, manufacturer reps, technology managers and end users from over 90 countries attend the InfoComm convention in Las Vegas. This year’s show offers a church technology certification program led by Technologies for Worship Magazine (TFWM) that will feature Matt McKee, CEO of ROAR mobile apps and strategy for churches, as presenter on church social networking and church mobile apps.

The folks at TFWM have put together an incredible church tech certification program to better empower churches to integrate mobile and social technology into their overall A/V church technology planning. This combined with A/V seminars will further help churches improve their worship productions,” comments Matt McKee. “Having a strategy for using social media and mobile apps is more important than simply using the tools. I will shed light on how churches can connect the online world with the offline world to achieve their outreach goals.”

Since InfoComm offers seminars and exhibits on all aspects of A/V technology, church technology staff will have a great opportunity to learn from the secular industry while applying specific technologies to the Church through TFWM’s certification program.

We’re very excited to have Matt McKee and ROAR involved with the Technologies for Worship program at InfoComm this year,” says Kevin Rogers Cobus, executive editor for Technologies for Worship Magazine. “Social networking and mobile app strategy are two very important topics right now. We feel that ROAR has set a great example in this area, creating intuitive and innovative apps for facilities of all sizes. Today it’s as important to have a visible and valuable social media presence as it is to have good audio, video, and lighting within your house of worship.”

TFWM has brought its training program to InfoComm specifically for house of worship techs and volunteers. The topics range from basic to advanced, and fit any experience level. TFWM seminars count towards Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) renewal credits, a technical proficiency measure that is recognized industry-wide.

TFWM seminars includes the following topics:

  • The “Smoking Gun” of Audio: Sound Engineer Troubleshooting
  • Social Networking: Covering Your Bases
  • Mic’ing Live Instruments for Worship
  • Rigging in Worship: What You Need to Know
  • Strategic Streaming: A Purposeful Approach to Video Streaming

To find out more about TFWM’s certification program including full descriptions of each workshop, visit: http://www.tfwm.com/conferences-InfoComm-2012.

To register for InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas, June 9-15, visit: http://www.infocommshow.org.

About Matt McKee

An entrepreneur with his head in both the technology and ministry worlds, Matt McKee founded ROAR in January 2010 and currently serves as CEO. He has served at several churches as both children’s pastor and curriculum developer. Matt is also a strategy consultant for the reThink Group and is a consultant and speaker at ministry events around the country. McKee blogs at http://www.mattmckee.me.

About ROAR

ROAR (http://ROAR.pro) is one of the top iPhone and Android app developers for churches and ministries. To better serve organizations with their overall social strategy, ROAR added social media strategy to its offerings in 2012. ROAR supports app development for every type of mobile device and offers customers custom branding, audio streaming, event calendars, blog/news readers, streaming video, and social media integration—all built on a custom WordPress platform that gives organizations the ability to update their apps and keep information current for users. ROAR is the official mobile app developer for Group Publishing, Simply Youth Ministry, Orange, and Digital Church by LifeWay, and is now official partners with Bishop TD Jakes.

About Technologies for Worship Magazine
Since 1992, Technologies for Worship Magazine (TFWM) has been an integral technical resource for the worship community. The mission of the publication is to educate readers as to the ways technology can be used as a tool to expand membership and outreach. The content is designed for house of worship tech staff, volunteers and leadership. Topics range from a basic to advanced tutorial-based articles, unbiased product reviews, technical tips, industry updates and company profiles.

LifeWay and ROAR to Develop Free Mobile Apps for 1,000 Churches

Posted by: on Dec 2, 2011 in Client News | No Comments
LifeWay and ROAR to Develop Free Mobile Apps for 1,000 Churches

LifeWay Christian Resources and ROAR, a mobile app development group, are giving mobile church apps to 1,000 churches throughout the month of December.

ROAR, LifeWay’s recommended church app development partner, will customize mobile apps on the platform of the church’s choice. Church leaders can choose either iPhone/iPad, Android, or both.

The mobile apps will feature customizable logos, colors and content.

“We can collect all of the content on a church’s website and from other pages — Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, iTunes — and package it together in an app so people can find it all in one place on their phone,” said Matt McKee, president of ROAR.

“Churches can upload audio sermons as podcasts, post calendar events and event details, upload photos from church events or mission trips, create separate pages for separate ministries and allow people to donate to the church from their mobile devices,” said Matt Morris, project manager for LifeWay’s Digital Church.

Developing an app usually costs approximately $750 per platform per church, McKee said. As part of the giveaway, churches will only have to pay a discounted hosting fee of $30 per month for one app or $50 for two platforms.

“We want to resource 1,000 churches with this technology,” Morris said. “Churches will be able to communicate their messages to people through a device that’s almost always in their pocket or purse.”

Recent Pew Research data from July 2011 stated nine in 10 smartphone owners use their phones to access the Internet or email.

“As the number of smartphone users continues to increase, churches can’t deny that communicating through a church app connects with people on-the-go,” said Morris.

Learn more about getting a free mobile app developed for your church at ROAR.pro/DigitalChurch.

MyStudyBible.com Online Study Bible Offers Comprehensive Bible Resources to Pastors and Leaders

Posted by: on Sep 21, 2011 in Client News | No Comments
MyStudyBible.com Online Study Bible Offers Comprehensive Bible Resources to Pastors and Leaders

Alpharetta, Ga., September 21, 2011 – Provided by B&H Publishing, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, MyStudyBible.com is a robust online study Bible that offers exceptional online sermon preparation and online study Bible tools to anyone looking to dig deeper into the God’s Word. Through its interactive and intuitive online interface, users can study passages in-depth through access to multiple Bible versions including the award-winning HCSB Study Bible, Bible commentaries, Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, and many other valuable Bible resources. Whether a full-time or bivocational pastor, seminary student, Bible study leader, or church member seeking to delve deeper into the Bible, MyStudyBible.com offers valuable online Bible tools that can help people study more in-depth.

“Many individuals and organizations lack the financial resources to purchase expensive commentaries, dictionaries, histories, and other Biblical resources,” comments Aaron Linne, executive producer of digital marketing for LifeWay’s B&H publishing division. “MyStudyBible.com was created to give people online access to the full Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) Study Bible, expanded commentaries and notes, dictionaries, and many other resources to facilitate comprehensive sermon preparation and exhaustive Bible study.”

MyStudyBible.com online Bible users can purchase access to content on an as-needed basis, available within three time frames — 24 hours, 30 days, or unlimited. Some 24-hour access costs 99 cents.

MyStudyBible.com features the award-winning Holman Christian Standard Bible that was written by 100 scholars and English stylists from 17 denominations, and is considered one of the most significant Bible translations available. In addition to the HCSB, MyStudyBible.com recently added several other Bible versions including the English Standard Version (ESV), American Standard Version (ASV), and the Reina-Valera 1960 (RVR60) Spanish translation of the Bible.

LifeWay also introduced an online store where MyStudyBible.com users can purchase access to additional content including The Apologetics Study Bible, The Holman Illustrated Study Bible, The Teacher’s Bible Commentary, Word Pictures in the New Testament, The Holman Bible Atlas, Experiencing God, and much more.

MyStudyBible.com offers an extremely simple user interface that enables users to customize their experience using this online study Bible. Users can change the background images, select or deselect Jesus’ words to be in red, check or uncheck links to Greek/Hebrew definitions, show verse mode and cross reference pop up mode, and change Bible translations for pop-ups.

Visit YouTube to watch a full introduction of the MyStudyBible.com online study Bible available resources and tools. For online media outlets interested in offering readers a giveaway that includes 30 days of free access to MyStudyBible.com, please contact lauren@lhpr.net to request details on this promotion.

About LifeWay Christian Resources
LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, established in Nashville, Tenn., in 1891, is one of the world’s largest providers of Christian products and services, including Bibles, church literature, books, music, DVDs, audio and video recordings, church supplies and Internet services through LifeWay.com. The company also owns and operates 165 LifeWay Christian Stores across the nation. Through its publishing division, B&H Publishing Group, LifeWay has produced one of the most accurate and readable Bible translations ever — the Holman Christian Standard Bible. LifeWay is a religious nonprofit organization that receives no funding from the denomination and reinvests income above operating expenses in mission work and other ministries around the world.

ROAR Recommended by LifeWay Digital Church as Trusted Church App Developer

Posted by: on Aug 8, 2011 in LHPR News | One Comment
ROAR Recommended by LifeWay Digital Church as Trusted Church App Developer

ROAR, developer of mobile apps for churches, has been selected by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention to become the recommended church app developer for churches and ministries seeking to develop their own custom church app. With nine in 10 smartphone owners using their phones to access the internet or email (Pew Research), many churches are looking to partner with a trusted church app developer to make use of this widely-used communication tool. LifeWay recommends ROAR as a reliable and trustworthy church technology partner.

“We’ve worked with hundreds churches across the nation on their mobile websites, mobile web app, custom church apps, and social media strategy,” comments Matt McKee, owner of ROAR. “We are excited that LifeWay has chosen to recommend our firm as their primary church app developer.”

In a recent report on smartphone adoption by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, the research firm finds that two in five cell owners own a smartphone. As smartphone adoption rates continue to increase, churches can’t deny that communicating via a church app provides many possibilities for connecting with people on-the-go.

“LifeWay carefully and deliberately recommends select solutions to the thousands of churches we serve, and are proud to now include ROAR on our list of providers for Digital Church solutions,” says Matt Morris, project manager for LifeWays Digital Church. “ROAR will help us expand into the church market even further by allowing churches the opportunity to have their own uniquely branded app that their congregations can utilize.”

LifeWay already has significant market share in the church app market and currently offers over 30 different apps.

About ROAR

Launched in January 2010, ROAR has quickly become one of the top app development firms for churches, schools, and ministries. ROAR supports app development for every type of mobile device and offers customers custom branding, audio streaming, event calendars, blog/news readers, streaming video and social media integration, at realistic prices. ROAR is the official mobile app developer for Group Publishing, Simple Youth Ministry, and ORANGE, and recently purchased MobileSalt to increase its market share in the church app development market.

About LifeWay Digital Church

LifeWay’s Digital Church is a collection of web-based resources and services that assists churches in efficiently and effectively managing growth within their church, congregation and community. By conducting the due-diligence for the church, Digital Church endorses select, top-tier solutions in the cloud that help both churches and ministries reach people for Christ. Services offered by Digital Church include church management software, eGiving, mobile app development, worship planning, website development, background checks, and more.