Our recommendation is for churches and ministries to use Google Apps as their email vendor. Google offers several different options for a church or ministry. The business plan (http://www.google.com/intl/en/enterprise/apps/business/pricing.html) is appropriate and affordable for most churches and ministries. If you have a valid 401 3c, then you might consider taking advantage of the Google For Non Profits option (http://www.google.com/nonprofits/products/). This option can take up to 30 days as it’s something you will need to apply for. Google even offers several email migration options which can be found here - http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=57920
If Google Apps is your option please follow these steps to verify ownership of your domain.
- Select the option to change your CNAME record.
- Click Continue
- Look in step #2. Google provides you with a value that looks similar to googleffffffffe683be0a. Copy whatever this value is and send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide us with your domain and the value.
- Click the “I will verify later” button.
Once we have added this DNS entry for you, we will respond to your ticket. At that point you can finish verifying your domain ownership.
If Google Apps isn’t an option, there are other email hosting options available to you. You could contact the company that hosts your domain name, many times they provide solutions. You could also setup your own exchange server and self host your email.