What is Text-TO-Church?

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 10/24/17 7:30 AM

Text-TO-Church TM is a new User Interface concept.  It combines texting ideas that have been the domain of specialty platforms, with the functionality of a full church management system.  For over a decade people have been able to send a text to donate to an online giving platform.  In recent years applications were developed to text to register for something like an event or a content drip.  With Text-TO-Church, all the functionality of your church database is now just a text away.  Here's the list of current features that fit under the Text-TO-Church concept.  Click the link for a more complete explanation of each one.  The Text-To-Church Innovation post was written to help you actually experience everything except Text-to-ME which wasn't done at that time.

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Tags: Church management software, New Release, Ministry & Technology, Leadership, Text-To-Church

My Struggle With Marketing

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 10/17/17 7:03 AM

I've never thought of self-promotion as an admirable trait.  I always thought of it as the antithesis to the humility and character to which I aspire as a follower of Jesus.  Among many others, here are a couple of verses that have served me well through the years in many different situations.

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Tags: Leadership

Text-to-ME!

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 10/10/17 7:54 AM

I have done several blog posts the past 4 months related to texting.  The response has been incredible.  We are excited to see this innovation engage guests, regular attenders, members  and staff in a new, extremely relevant way.  The more we have worked with it, the more we realize the potential of texting as a tool for simple and user-specific interface with your Churchteams database. 

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Tags: New Release, Text-To-Church

Why our church database doesn't have accounting

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 10/2/17 3:30 PM

When Mark and I started, the motivation was to build software to help churches make disciples and build teams.  For us, people are intrinsically the focus of this.  Resources like space and money, though important, have not been the problems that we've built software to solve.  There are other software products focused on just these issues.  I was explaining to our marketing partner a couple of months ago that our focus is on everything related to "People Data."  In my webinars I often talk about the 5 Software sets that from my perspective every church needs, and Churchteams is just one of them.   The one place where all your people data can live.  Here they are:

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Tags: Church management software, Ministry & Technology

Touch-Upgrades: Ideas That Make Us Better

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/26/17 7:08 AM

 Support is a huge value for Churchteams.  We love our clients and love interacting with you.  From these interactions we learn what makes using the software more difficult than it needs to be and gain fresh ideas for improvement. Mark and Donna not only are building the exciting future of Churchteams features, but they also work tirelessly to upload data and make your best ideas a reality.  This makes Churchteams a better tool for everyone.  Here is a list of touch-upgrades to the software since early June.

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Tags: New Release

The Family Ministry Database

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/19/17 7:29 AM

Churches have always addressed the needs of families.  Priority is often given to worship and the education or discipleship of not only children, but also their parents. As the role of marriage and family continues to denigrate in our culture, churches are taking up the slack to help people better understand and align with God's design.  Although we don't do content for training, another question on the minds of these churches is how can a church database help manage family ministry?  Here how we do it.

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Tags: Church management software

Upgrade 2017: The Text-TO-Church Innovation

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/12/17 7:51 AM

*Okay, yes, I did make up the phrase "Text-TO-Church".

Receiving a text FROM a church is nothing new.  Lots of churches use text to send updates, news and reminders. This feature has been part of Churchteams for a number of years.  

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Tags: Church management software, New Release, Text-To-Church

New Release:  Text-To-Check-In

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/5/17 8:44 AM
If you've been following our development this year, you know we have done a lot with texting.  Text to: give, register, and attend.  As we were working on these, we realized that we could provide the same service for secure child check-in.   Last week we released this upgrade.  So you now have a well-rounded suite of texting options to more easily and fully engage people.  As I have demoed these features over the past couple of months I find myself drawn more and more to the texting option.  When I text a keyword, the system recognizes me and fills out all the information that it has on any form, or in this case check-in.  This makes it incredibly easy to use.  I've also seen that each feature supports the use of the other features.  I'm excited to see the impact this combination of features will have on your church's giving.   Here are the notes on text-to-check-in.
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Tags: New Release, Text-To-Church

Mission Trips And Fundraising

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/29/17 10:06 AM
I love mission trips.  They give people the opportunity to serve and reach people outside their normal circles or even country.  By travelling and serving together,  mission trips build relationships within the team.  Almost always the participant grows in his/her relationship with Jesus.  And mission trips give friends and family the opportunity to pray for, encourage and support those going.  Managing this fundraising / team-building process has never been easier.  We simply tweaked a few things in current features you already love to help.  Here's how you do it:
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Tags: New Release

New Upgrades: Texting Worship Attendance

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/22/17 7:25 AM
A couple of months ago, I posted this blog post on texting worship attendance.  It has been the most opened blog post year to date.  As churches have started to experiment with this solution to an age old problem, we uncovered the need for a couple of revisions.  Between that post and this one, you should have a pretty powerful alternative way to take worship attendance.  (BTW, notice in this image how easy it is to use text attendance with text to give.)
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Tags: New Release, Text-To-Church

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