Houses of worship have administrative and overhead costs just like businesses, and it’s important to remain fiscally conservative when installing new technology. Communication between the church and its parishioners means having a functioning communications system. However, many churches are operating like it’s still the 20th century with a single phone line and a few basic perks like call waiting and a fax line. Upfront investment is necessary when upgrading to a new telecommunications system, but there are steps you can take to reduce the costs associated with migrating to a new system. Even if your church has limited funds, options like virtual private network phone systems and upgraded handsets are surprisingly affordable when installed by a business phone consulting firm like Vergent.
Does Everyone Have a Cell Phone?
Many churchgoers today have cell phones, and members of the clergy usually have a personal cell phone, too. One of the valuable benefits of today’s business phone systems is the option to forward calls and voice mails to personal devices. Remain in touch with members of the congregation and other members of the ministry at church, at home, or anywhere else. It’s not uncommon for the administration staff (if there is one) and the clergy to hold office hours that aren’t exactly nine-to-five. You may hold office hours before and after Sunday services or arrive in the afternoon before evening services during weeknights. IP address location A phone system that isn’t tied to the church’s office means you can remain in touch with parishioners at any time or place.
Considering a Virtual Phone System
A traditional phone system is still a common sight in the average ministry, church, or house of worship, but some organizations are choosing to go with a virtual phone system for their business phone service, such as a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) system that works over the internet. After investing in new handsets, a VoIP system will use the church’s current internet lines, which means the phone system can grow and expand without the need for more wires and cords. Upgrading the phone system is easier in the future, too, because it’s possible to upgrade the internet and the phone system at the same time.
Reduce Costs with a New System
It may seem contradictory to suggest that a new phone system can save you money each month, but it’s possible to save a significant amount of money each month on services even after you pay to upgrade telecommunications devices and the network or telephone lines at the church. Your legacy phone system might be part of a phone plan that hasn’t been upgraded in years and is charging you much more each month for services you don’t use or which are less expensive with newer plans. For example, when was the last time you talked with the telephone company about the church’s phone plan? Are you still paying for each minute of long distance phone calls? Are you paying for features that you never use or are you missing features that could increase the productivity of clergy and administrative staff?
Give Vergent a call to discuss how upgrading your church’s phone system could save money every single month.
What are the Benefits of a New System?
Benefits of new business phone systems are significant for the average church, parish, diocese, or other house of worship.
- Increase productivity with extra phone features like voice-to-text voicemail
- Never miss calls with call forwarding to any device
- Install a virtual receptionist with automated routing options
- Reduce costs for bundled services that include internet or managed IT services
Business phone systems today also make it possible for you to run an office that’s associated with your church, even if you don’t have a traditional office space. Enjoy the features of a professional business line no matter the availability of administrative space at your church with a new phone and networking system installed by Vergent.