No Google Apps for Churches

Written by  //  June 14, 2011  //  Church Websites  //  10 Comments

Although nonprofits have the benefit of using Google Apps for Nonprofit, apparently Google refused to offer these same services to houses of worship.

According to Google, they offer nonprofits a 40% discount on their hosting solutions, making it a very affordable solution. I’m very disappointed to hear that they will not offer these same great solutions to churches. See the comments below – I’ve edited this article because of the feedback I’ve received below.



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Lauren Hunter is a freelance writer, consultant and blogger who loves the Lord and desires to encourage churches to better use technology to improve every aspect of ministry. Her blog, ChurchTechToday, was born out of a need to find a place to discuss how technology can impact the Church in positive ways.

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10 Comments on "No Google Apps for Churches"

  1. Greg Saunders June 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm · Reply

    Lauren, you may want to check out Google’s eligibility document found here:

    They very specifically say that “Places or institutions of worship (e.g., churches, ministries, temples, synagogues) “are NOT are not eligible for Google for Nonprofits”.

    This is a big disappointment. Somewhere they have also said they will be doing audits so churches that may have made it in earlier before the newest eligibility requirements were put in place may get ousted or forced to start paying.

    Thought you may want to alert your readers to this.

    • Lauren Hunter June 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm · Reply

      Wow, I was unaware of the fact that Google isn’t allowing churches to use this service. How disappointing! Thanks for letting CTT know.


      • Greg Saunders June 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm · Reply

        But just to be fair… even the Google Apps for Business at $50 per user per year is most likely the best game in town price wise for the services provided. The Microsoft Office 365 which I believe may still be in beta is more expensive (unless they do something for non profits which include churches). Of course you can still roll your own Exchange Server and internal services… but that requires some expertise. A number of folks I know in the church world have already been rejected… definitely a disappointment!

    • Phillip C August 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm · Reply

      I realize your comment is over a year old, but thought that for the sake of anyone else looking into this, it appears Google has repealed the change, and now allows churches to apply for the non-profit status, thereby receiving the full GApps suite, for free.

  2. Brian Jones July 1, 2011 at 5:28 am · Reply

    You really need to pull this article as it’s completely not true since google apps for non-profits can’t be used for churches. We tried and tried and they won’t budge…

  3. Lauren Hunter July 1, 2011 at 9:35 am · Reply

    Hi Brian,

    I edited this article instead of taking it down because I wanted it to show up in search engine results and also wanted the comments to stay up. Thanks for all your help and insight.


  4. Dave Smith July 15, 2011 at 2:23 am · Reply

    Very Disappointing. I am a huge apps fan and have been advocating that we use it at our church. Seems to me it’s not Google’s business to be the 501c3 police. Hope they change this policy

  5. illet April 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm · Reply

    Maybe the majority of NPO’s that try to enroll in “Google apps for NPO” are churches = google lose money?

  6. Ken July 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm · Reply

    This is no longer true. Our church has been signed up with Google for Nonprofits since February, and we have a Google Apps account through the Google for Nonprofits program.

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