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.
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:
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.
*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.
In the last blog I shared ideas on how to best use our church database to recruit volunteers. This is a huge effort for many church staff every late summer and early fall. But, the rest of the year is about helping these volunteers thrive and succeed in their ministry. Here are some ideas on how to use Churchteams to help you make sure your volunteers have as positive an experience as possible.
August is the time of the year that many church staff are feeling the pressure of recruiting for their fall ministies. The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers few. And the staff are feeling the pressure of both. I remember this season well from my many years as a small group and family pastor. My wife and kids remember it as well. Dad was always a little more amped up.
In the last blog, we talked about how to organize your church volunteer teams by answering a few basic questions. Once you have those figured out and have created your teams, you are ready to schedule and manage them. Here's how that is done in Churchteams.
I often talk with church staff and pastors about the discipline of taking attendance and why it matters. Neither, "because we've always done it that way", nor "we've never done it before" are persuasive arguments.
A few weeks ago one of our clients was having an issue with a company that was purchased a couple of years ago by a private equity firm. He contacted me to see if we might have an idea about what was going on. When I emailed the company to learn more, I discovered that they were training new frontline support staff. They had hired young people with a great heart who did not yet have the experience our client expected and needed.
Anytime someone asks about a specific solution to a problem, we ask questions to better under the problem itself first. This practice enables us to take a fresh look at a problem rather than simply comparing it to other solutions. Calendars is a great example. What are the problems that calendars exist to solve in churches? Here are the three that I've come up with and how we've chosen to address them.