Boyd Pelley

Boyd Pelley
Co-founder, Churchteams. From 1990 to 2008 served as discipleship, administrative and family pastor of churches in New Mexico, Nebraska and Texas. Married 30+ years, 2 married adult children.
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User's Gathering Best Practices: Use Registration Completion Options for Event Registrations

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/22/18 10:40 AM
Thank you to Bruce Droogsma from Wayzata Free Church in Plymouth, MN for coming to the User's Gathering and writitng this blog summary for his group.  
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Tags: Best Practices

Best Practice w/ Feature Upgrade:  Check-in Everyone & Auto-Print Youth/Volunteer Name Tags

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/15/18 7:02 AM

The best place to connect with parents on Sunday morning is when they check-in their kids.  This is just as true for your members and regular attenders as it is for your guests.  You may already be using that time to start the follow-up process.  If not, see section D in the check-in view.  But, why not use the same opportunity to capture attendance for everything everyone in the family is attending or serving in that morning?  

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Tags: Kids Ministry, New Release, Volunteers, Text-To-Church

User Gathering Best Practices: Target Email Marketing

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/8/18 9:52 AM

How well are your emails really being received?  We've been on a learning curve in this area the past few years.  As many of you know we released significant upgrades to our email system back in 2016.  Here's the blog post - New Release: Built-in Email Marketing.  It contains the details. But since it came up at our User's Gathering a couple of weeks ago, here are a few best practices that some of our clients are using to increase the impact of their email communication.

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Tags: Best Practices

Automated: Mobile Carrier Lookup

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/7/18 10:14 AM
You don't have to have people input their mobile carrier to send them a text anymore! 
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Tags: New Release, Ministry & Technology

User's Gathering - What delights you about Churchteams?

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/1/18 7:39 AM

We had such a great time gathering last week with staff and friends from around the country.  It was our first time to do something like this and we learned much that I hope to share with you in the next few blogs.  We broke into smaller groups and did work around tables.  One of the first questions people interacted over was, "What delights you about Churchteams." 

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Tags: Relationships, The Story

New! Browse Groups UI

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/24/18 7:20 AM

Helping people connect to groups has been a core feature in Churchteams since the beginning.  We started using the term Groupfinder for this feature back in 2001.  You customize the search options to fit your church and the questions you would ask to help someone find a group.  Then categorize the groups accordingly and people looking for groups can find a match themselves. This removes staff from being the bottleneck for connection, but notifies staff when connections are made to keep them in the loop.

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Tags: Relationships, New Release, Small Groups, Registration

Check Data Entry - Research, Rethinking, Release

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/17/18 9:42 AM

Many churches that receive hundreds of checks every week use check readers and scanners to help with data entry. We recently did some research on these systems and built then released what we believe is a much more streamlined approach. Here is what we learned and our application.

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Tags: Online Giving, New Release

Software For VBS / Kids' Events

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/10/18 12:00 AM

He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.  Malachi 4:6

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Tags: Kids Ministry, Registration

Software for Youth Camp

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/3/18 10:08 AM

The highlight of the youth ministry year is often that week everyone gets on a bus to go sleep in a cabin, play lots of games, and learn more about what it means to follow Jesus as a teenager. Lives are changed forever at youth camp. 

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Tags: Ministry & Technology, Text-To-Church, Registration

Summer Registrations

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 3/27/18 10:51 AM

Easter is this weekend. Once you do your follow-up from this weekend, the final run for the ministry year begins. This is a great season for recognizing volunteers and celebrating milestones like school graduations. But, for many of us, those things are already in motion and we are looking ahead to plans for the summer. In the next few blogs I'd like to help you get started on that planning and how to use church software and Churchteams in particular to help you make it happen.  To get started, check out this model of the role of software in ministry.

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Tags: Registration

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