New Volunteer Tool Launching in October
Think of this new tool (called HelpRoot) as a "meeting place for meeting needs" – whether those needs are internal to your church or organization, within your own community or elsewhere in the world. This is a tool that goes beyond telling and showing your community how much you care. It helps you live it out.
When helproot.com launches in early October, you'll see it in your Control Panel as the HelpRoot Volunteer manager*. And here's how your church or organization can participate:
Serving Those in Your Community
When someone is in need or knows of a need, they can visit your church website (or helproot.com) and post the need. Those posts can then be reviewed by you (and other organizations if posted to helproot.com).
Before anyone can volunteer for a posted need, it must have a Sponsor. A Sponsor is an organization (like yours) that can validate the need, organize the efforts, gather a team of volunteers, and then fulfill the need. A few good examples of using HelpRoot in the community would be helping with disaster relief, feeding families, filling community shelter needs, repairing homes, or organizing community improvement projects.
Whether or not your church is already involved with community efforts, HelpRoot offers a built-in solution to making those efforts more efficient and gives you the ability to grow your capacity – serving in more ways than you are now.
Serving Needs Within Your Church or Organization
Similarly, you can create a post to fulfill an internal need. Organizations that add their own needs also sponsor them. Opportunities to volunteer for those needs can then be viewed by church members only (for example) or publicly posted on your website. When a potential volunteer sees the need and applies to help, you (the Sponsor) can choose whether or not to assign the volunteer. A good example of using HelpRoot internally is for filling ongoing volunteer positions like Sunday School workers or with special events like dramas, concerts and dinners.
We're very pleased that churches and organizations already using E-zekiel all over the world will be able to put HelpRoot to work soon. To learn more about HelpRoot before it’s released, visit www.helproot.com/about
*Included at no cost to Silver, Gold and Platinum accounts.
Teaming Up With Ministry 2.0
E-zekiel is excited to announce we're teaming up with a new ministry, Ministry 2.0, during their first hands-on workshop and live event. The event, to be held in Nashville in early November, is designed for church leaders and volunteers interested in enhancing their ministry using cutting-edge Internet tools.
Event topics include user-centered web design, podcasting, fundamentals of HTML/CSS, managing and motivating web volunteers, working with RSS and more. From hands-on workshops for beginners to the seasoned web evangelists, Ministry 2.0 is the event for anyone interested in using the web to strengthen their local ministry.
Unpack the possibilities of web in ministry at Ministry 2.0. Stay tuned to www.e-zekiel.com for more details and learn how to participate at www.ministry2.org.
Sign Up for Upcoming Web Sessions
Web Sessions are a great way to learn more about how to make E-zekiel’s tools and features work best for you. Through these 60-minute, online training sessions, a training specialist will guide you through a specific topic while you watch, listen and walk through the steps from your own computer. (Both Internet and phone access required.) Make plans now to participate in either of the following:
Helpful Hints and Tips for Creating Great Pages
The Pages manager is perhaps the most important manager within your site. It is certainly used more than any other manager. It is, after all, where most of the pages in your site are created and maintained. In this session, we’ll look at the various capabilities of the Pages manager including search-friendly page setup as well as tools on the editor toolbar such as hyperlinks, images, and tables. Join us for the how-tos and helpful hints of the Pages manager.
Panels: What Are They and How Can I Use Them?
Have you ever wondered how to put content in the left or right columns of your pages?
If so, this web session is for you! Content panels can be used to place content in the left or right columns of your pages as well as display and remove content at certain times – without affecting the rest of the page. Attend this web session to learn more about this along with other tips and tricks of the Panels manager.
We’ll also take a look at how to make the best use of the newest feature in E-zekiel – the Community Content Portal.
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