Hi, all- I created a standard Gmail address as our church's official "contact" email, and what doesn't work is that we need multiple people to be able to access it from their devices. So we've added the login credentials to some team members' phones, but every time they switch to that account to check for messages, a security feature kicks in, and it sends me a challenge/response message (as the creator of the account), requiring me to pick the correct number displaying on the device that's trying to access the account. Clearly we're trying to use this Gmail account in a way it wasn't intended to be used, so it's making it difficult for us. So I'm starting to go through the process of setting up email through Faithlife. They recommend Google for Nonprofits as a free host, so I've applied for an account and am waiting for verification (2-14 days). Then Faithlife will connect the account to our domain, and we'll have "@calvarychapelbaltimore.org" email addresses. What I don't know is this: will this let multiple people log in from multiple devices to check the church email (and receive notifications when an email comes in)? Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks in advance for any light you can shed.
- Just an update, with a cool solution after some googling! We are applying for the free non-profit G-suite, but in the meantime, Gmail has an interesting feature... You can assign "delegates" to a Gmail account. The people you add can receive and reply to email that comes into the main account, from their regular email address. You can set it so that, when they reply, it will display their individual address in addition to the reply-to (which is the main address) if you like. You can also choose to automatically "mark as read" the emails they read, or keep as new. Thought that was pretty cool! I've set it up and tested it, and it works perfectly for what we need right now.
- You can just turn off the 2 step verification in your settings of google as well. The non-profit for google has terms that as the beliefs and by laws of our church we do not agree with is why we did not take that route. Just as a reminder they (google) can suspend and delete your non profit for google if they feel what you do is against their terms. Just a reminder.