a Shoestring Budget

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Technology in the Church on
a Shoestring Budget

Technology Church
-
Wide

Technology in the Church


We used technology to save money in the
following areas:


Administration


office matters & equipment


Security


monitoring the church & its grounds


Multimedia


getting the message out to
others


Communication with the congregation

Administrative Tools


Remote Access


UltraVNC

(free)


Allows multiple access to the church’s
computer remotely


Allows office staff to work from home during
inclement weather


Good troubleshooting & training tool when
teaching someone a new application

Administrative Tools


Church Calendar


Google calendar (free)


OpenOffice

Software Package (free)


Comparable to MS Office


Membership software


PowerChurch



member info


Quickbooks



financial info

Security


NextAlarm


Significantly cheaper than other alarm
companies


Redirect calls to individuals, reducing the cost
of false alarms


Over 100 codes for individuals to have access
to church

Security


Security cameras


Monitoring software included


Record activity outside of the church (video
only since audio recording is illegal in MD)


Software enhanced to create movie of motion
detected activity


Movies stored on our web hosting site
continuously (currently for 7 weeks)


Communicating with the Congregation


Email lists for targeted groups in church (e.g.
members, leaders, men, women, ministries)


Website (Calendar, Forum, E
-
letter, Blog)


Information Line powered by Google Voice


Conference calls powered by
Accutalk

(free)


YouTube

to deliver message when church
closed due to inclement weather


Multimedia


Presentation


Dual screen & presentation software


Linked to sound system & projector


Videos


YouTube videos


Other videos (with CVLI License)


Music


iTunes, Rhapsody, or Pandora

Multimedia


Video


Use camcorder instead of expensive camera


Use DVR to archive services instead of DVDs


Live Video streaming with Ustream.tv (free)


Audio streaming with Shoutcast.com (free)


Weekly sermon posted on web site (both
audio & video)


Web Hosting Considerations


Select hosting company that include IP
address for free


Consider the following as features


Email limits (no. of accounts & size of mailbox)


Storage space allowance


Upload/Download restrictions


Cost


Allowance of CGI/PERL scripts


Web design capabilities


Tips to Reduce Costs


Printers


Use printers that have a Continuous Ink Supply
System (CISS) [e.g., EPSON, HP, Canon, Brother]
to reduce the cost of cartridges/ink.


Copiers


Evaluate printing needs, and if necessary,
purchase a color copier specific for your needs.


Lease with the option to buy back for $1 (3 yrs or
less)


Get service contract that includes supplies


Tips to Reduce Costs


Phone Lines


Evaluate how many lines are actually needed


Combine lines to save money (e.g., fax & fire
alarm can be on same line)


Product Comparison

Item

Cost

Notes

Presentation

MediaShout

~ $400

Steep learning curve

Additional Monitor

Dual Head Video Card

< $100

$50

Allows on

the spot editing

Video Archive

DVR

$100

Records 200 hrs;

250 GB storage; have to
purchase new one each year

2TB

Hard Drive

Video Capture Card

< $100

$50
-

$100

Have

to purchase annually; easy to store

Purchase once

DVDs

$30/100

discs

Used to store specific portions of service (e.g.,
sermon)

Video Equipment

Camcorder

Pan/Tilt /Zoom (PTZ) Head

$250
-

$1,000

Make sure it has pan/tilt/zoom capability for your
space

Video Camera

$2,000
-

$10,000

Get

if you have experience people & a specific

need (e.g., studio quality)

Product Comparison

Item

Cost

Notes

Printer Supplies

Ink Cartridges (all colors)

$50
-

$80 (1/3 oz)

Reorders 12

times/year

CISS with Ink

Refill Ink (4
-
6 color sets)

$50
-

$80

$20
-
$30/4

oz


Reorders

3 times/year

Alarm Monitoring

ADT;

$30/mo

Next Alarm

$12/mo

Security Camera

Panasonic

Netcam

$225/camera

Include monitoring software

Church Calendar

MyChurchEvents.com

$69/year

Google Calendar

Free

Product Comparison

Item

Cost

Notes

Music Choices

iTunes

$0.99/song

Rhapsody

30 songs free each month or
$10/month

Pandora

40 hrs free each month or $36/yr

Communication with Congregation

CallingPost

Phone

Tree

$0.06/call

Calls in ½ minute increments

VoiceShot

Outbound

$0.12/call

Calls in 1 minute increments

Google Voice

Free

Membership Software

ACS

PowerChurch

$300

Purchase once

Quickbooks

$200

Purchase once

Links to Items Used at New Vision


Video Streaming : Ustream.tv


Audio Streaming: Shoutcast.com


Alarm System: NextAlarm.com


Remote Access: uvnc.com


Virus Protection: clamwin.com


Continuous Ink Supply System: cisinks.com


Web Hosting Site: ixwebhosting.com


Web Authoring Software: kompozer.net

Links to Free Software


SnapFiles

-

http://www.snapfiles.com/freeware/


NoNags

-

http://www.nonags.com/


FreshMeat

-

http://freshmeat.net/




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