I just read the blog post on Google Sites. This looks like great stuff. I know that our IT team has SharePoint on the radar screen for an install here at Resurrection, and it looks like there may be some similarity in features here.
Any church leaders implementing or thinking about implementing any of the suite of Google Apps in your congregation? This is one technology that I think may be a great help for congregations as the functionality (email, documents, intranet) and price point (free for registered US non-profits) hits a sweet spot.
Giving through Google Checkout is a great short post on the Official Google Blog about giving to non profit facilitated online. This post along with Making it Easier for People to Tithe from Tim Stevens makes me think – of course, enable online giving for people in faith communities.
Here at Resurrection, we use Electronic Funds Transfer as an automated way of giving, but we do not currently support online giving. This year we placed our estimate of giving card online which is a step in that direction. Some have wondered about the participatory nature of giving as an act of worship. Is this taken away when one gives online or it is automatically withdrawn? We did recently place cards in the seat back in the worship space for an EFT Offering – so that those who have a donation automatically withdrawn can physically participate in worship.