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What is Tilma?

Colleen Little
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You all have a reason you got into ministry. 

Some were called into it as a vocation. 

Some started helping out when we were young. Church was your community and so you began volunteering more and more and eventually found your place on staff. 

Some were using our skills in the corporate world only to one day wake up and feel the pull to bring those gifts back to the Church. 

Some were called to specific ministries, whether that is evangelization, administration, family life, etc. 

It may look a little different for everyone but in the end, you are all showing up so that more people can be loved and loved well. The same goes with Tilma. 

We woke up over ten years ago and realized we had skills that could greatly benefit the Church and our heart was that more people would experience Jesus in a real way. 

Tilma is a ministry engagement platform that unlocks ministry leaders, pastors, and parish teams to invest deeper into relationships. We use tools like giving, website, form builder, events, registration, and website to help your team do this well. 

How? Let’s break it down. 

We often hear from parishes that some of their biggest pains are being able to engage parishioners outside of Sunday Mass, staying on top of digital communication, tedious administration tasks, having to update parishioners information in several different tools, creating more unified efforts between the different ministries… The list goes on. 

These are real problems to fix because they become barriers to doing ministry well and engaging parishioners. So we started building tools that eliminated those barriers. 

We also knew that the traditional way of having tools all on different tools was a big barrier to overcome. It disconnected the parish team making it harder to do their job but it also disconnected the view of the parishioner. A person has many different parts to them: married or not, kids or not, engaged in certain activities, a donor or not. By having all the tools in one place, we could see all this data in one place and therefore see the whole person. 

And that’s what ministry is about? Seeing people, connecting with them, and loving them well. 

From there, we knew we had to add key features to help unlock parish teams. 

Not only was it going to be built from the ground up for the Catholic Church, but it was going to be usable by any skill-level, have unlimited email and people with no extra charge, and so much more with the end goal that you as a ministry team are unlocked to engage people at a deeper, more meaningful level.

So what does this look like in the everyday?

Everything we do is to help you engage people better. Here are some things we can specifically help do.

  • Saves you time & money because you’re paying for one tool vs. multiple (or free if you use Tilma Giving)
  • Helps you better know where parishioners are in their unique faith journey
  • Encourages more giving 
  • Helps you engage parishioners outside of Sunday Mass
  • Simplifies and streamlines administration work (Which frees your team up to do more ministry)
  • Brings all your efforts together and creates more ministry unity
  • Free when you use Tilma Giving!

All of this is possible because Tilma brings all your tools into one place (and we can even help you integrate other tools into the platform). Whether using our tools or using them alongside other 3rd party ones, bringing your management all together is what creates so much ease and efficiency. 

But what makes Tilma really stand out is its ability to unite the Church.

Our connect technology allows a diocese or ministry to share resources, easily communicate and support subsidiaries, and all within the structure of the Church.

You can now network different properties and touch points in your ministry for deeper, more holistic ministry insight & collaboration.

You can have multiple touch points on one person to see a real holistic view of their faith journey.

You can create more unity and momentum around your efforts.

You can support your subsidiaries easier and more effectively.

You can empower your teams, no matter where they are, to own their digital presence and communication while still having oversight.

Learn more about connect at tilmaplatform.com/connect.

The Tilma Platform is able to connect a diocese and

The heart of it is loving people well.

As ministry people, we didn’t want our tools to just be really user-friendly or efficient. We built them through the lens of, how do we make this as impactful as possible for ministry teams? 

Pastors can know their parishioners better to help accompany them in their faith journey. Ministry leaders can get more freedom to connect with their teams. Parishioners can get connected to ministries and content relevant to their unique faith journey. Tilma is made to help relationships thrive between one another and God. 

And when relationships are thriving and people understand where they belong in your parish community and as a child of God, others are drawn in. That freedom, connection, and purpose that defines your community becomes attractive to the outside world who are all looking for a place to belong.

We would love to talk to you about how Tilma could help your parish. Schedule a call with our team here or get started by booking a free 30-day trial.

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