In short yes, there are advantages to using VoIP. Utilizing a Hosted VoIP phone solution can help churches deliver clear and concise communications to members of the congregation as well as visitors and those in their community. Add the ability to seamlessly manage operations across multiple locations while reducing costs, and you have a huge win!
One of the advantages to using VoIP as a phone service is the flexibility it offers. Unlike that plain old telephone service you are likely using that runs on copper wires, VoIP makes it easy to add new devices and users to an existing communication infrastructure. This is even more valuable when a new or additional location is added or your church office has to relocate due to growth and lack of classroom space. In this way, churches and ministries can expand their reach around town, their State, the Country, or even the world. They now have the freedom to send and receive messages (either audio, text, and video) across different platforms and from multiple locations and often at a lower cost since all the traffic is over an internet connection.
Much like any business, churches, ministries, and other not-for-profits have administrative and overhead costs, with budgets that often are difficult to maintain. Because of this, and the fact that traditional phone service as well as some leading On Premise VoIP offerings are quite pricey. It makes sense to sign up for a Hosted VoIP phone solution to help lower recurring expenses that add to the advantages to using VoIP. Not only is VoIP affordable, but VoIP systems also come with attractive features such as instant messaging, call routing, voicemail to email, call conferencing, auto-attendant, video conferencing, and other integrated mobile applications. Administrators and users can enjoy the entire range of services for an affordable price.
Aside from these benefits, VoIP can also help churches build stronger relationships with the people and communities around the world. Through various communication channels, ministries and churches can engage with the people, spread the faith, and help them in times of need. VoIP features like automatic call routing, call conferencing, and voicemail to email can help church administrators reach out to the communities anywhere at any time. In this way, church administrators can easily spread important information about the faith and help address religious issues in real-time and without geographical limits. By also integrating email, instant messaging, and social networking applications, with other advantages to using VoIP as a phone system allows church administrators and workers to reach out to their geographically dispersed members in a convenient way.