In 2014, our friends at Leadership Network found that over 8,000 churches in the U.S. were multisite. And, that was 3 years ago! In a blog post last year, Portable Church points out that churches of all sizes are going multisite. This isn't a fad, it's now a normal part of ministry. In fact I go to a campus of a very large, multisite church ... and love it. So, what must church software be able to do to serve this growing movement? Here are six things I believe are essential.
"Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the day approaching." Hebrews 10:24-25
In my Membership Class, I show a slide that I've developed over the years to help church staff evaluate the nature of the software they need. Each of these serve a different purpose and require a different architecture. Just as the architecture of a grocery store, a restaurant and a doctor's office are different based on purpose, so the architecture of church software is different based on its primary purpose. Here's how I break them down:
Most churches have data scattered among several software applications. This came about because in the past twenty years innovative programmers have developed applications that helped churches in ways that their old ChMS couldn't.
Easter is for Church what the Super Bowl is for football. Everything comes down to this. All the creativity, caring, dreams and hard work boil down to this annual celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. By his sacrifice alone, we are healed. This message changed the world. It changes people. Lots of people. People your church is called to love.
A few years ago, a fortune 100 executive, Russ Mcguire, wrote an article for Christian Computing Magazine identifying four technological revolutions in the past 40 years. Here are his four revolutions:
In part 1 of this post, I discussed two things not to do when choosing a church management system. In part two, I will discuss 5 things to do to make the very best CMS selection for your church.
Kindergarten was filled with lots of life lessons, and they weren’t overly complicated. I either learned these lessons either from the Kindergarten school of hard knocks, or from stories with morals.
For years I've done webinars to show prospects and clients together how to get the most out of the different features of the software. At first, this was fine because the feature set was small groups and then membership. As we added features, I added webinars (virtual classes) for contributions, check-in, volunteers & events, and setup & help. For about a year I've had a feeling that we could do better. With input from clients and staff, we just changed our learning process to three stages: Get Acquainted, Get Going, and Get Trained.