Have you ever been embarrassed by words? No, you did not mean for them to come out they way they did, but what others see and hear may be completely different from what you intended.
Does your church have any email addresses that would make your mother blush or a fifth grade boy giggle uncontrollably? Are your members confused because every staff member has a different email address format?
In the early days, it was common for churches to use either of these email formats:
Then it began to get fun with the FirstInitialLastName@YourChurch.org format. So John Smith had an address of JSmith@YourChurch.org. This seems to have become the trend for churches and other organizations. After all, it can fit on a business card. But it causes issues when Jane Smith joins the team. Or worse yet…
Using the FirstInitialLastName@YourChurch.org format can result in some fun, catchy email addresses.
If these don’t seem odd or funny to you, say them aloud.
I highly recommend the following format
FirstName.LastName@YourChurch.church (learn about the new .church domain extension) Note: the part of the address to the right of the @ symbol should match your church's main website address. So emails addresses with this format look like the following:
Standardize your email address format as FirstName.LastName@yourchurch.org.
Steve's passion is to help ministers and churches do ministry in our new digital, social, mobile world at the speed of life through building a strong ministry infrastructure (minfrasTructure). With a background in church administration, Christian education, missions, and technology, he offers advice, tips, and tools through writing, blogging, speaking, online courses, consulting, and personal coaching.
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