Synced calendars, a reliable email system, document collaboration and cutting edge technology offer Audacious Church perfect opportunity to grow.
Audacious Church is a fun loving, growing, enthusiastic church in Manchester. The charitable organisation started life in 2007 with a congregation of just 90, plus 8 key staff and volunteers. Today Audacious Church has multiple sites and a flourishing congregation which numbers 1200. The team of key staff and volunteers has grown to 45.
Such rapid growth led to challenges with their traditional Microsoft Exchange Server setup and the team were looking for a new way of working together. Using relational networking and their close links with fellow churches in Australia and New Zealand, Audacious discovered that G Suite for Business would offer the information management and collaboration capabilities they were searching for.
Refractiv, a leading G Suite Authorised Reseller, migrated email, calendar and contacts from the Audacious Exchange Server and trained the team on G Suite. The team of key staff and volunteers is now using G Suite for Business to provide email, shared calendar and document collaboration.
The implementation has had a huge impact on the day to day working of Audacious Church. A shared events calendar has been introduced, replacing the need for time consuming administration emails, plus teams can now access and even edit events on individuals calendars, without any complex set up required. Audacious is also happy with the simplification of emails – on all devices – that just work. The team have switched from Outlook to Gmail and will not look back. Document collaboration is something that Audacious Church plan to grow into, with legacy documents existing on a file server and new documents created in Google Docs for collaboration.
As part of an ongoing partnership, Refractiv will also host the Audacious Church Word Press websites and provide technical support, custom development, hosting, and integration with complementary cloud applications.
The impact of the switch to G Suite is immense. Synced calenders, fail proof emails and document sharing are only the first steps in the improvement that G Suite will bring to the productivity and effectiveness of our communication and systems. Our website utilises cutting edge internet technology such as podcasts, TV and radio to spread our message and we have started to learn how G Suite can be more than just an Office solution. It is a product that we will continue to grow into and, as Google are constantly updating, one I feel that will always be updated and on the edge of technology. The match between Google, Refractiv and ourselves was a great fit as both companies mirrored our core values – excellence, entrepreneurial, fun and relational.