Responsive Access.  Requests and Reminders.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 12/6/16 8:02 AM

Of all the usage / design ideas we've had through the years, the idea of using a push out email to get a response from volunteers may be the most significant.  Along with the Groupfinder feature, the email reminders to leaders established Churchteams as the innovator and leader in small group software for churches in the first eight years of this century.

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Tags: Ministry & Technology

Pricing Church Software: Why we don't charge for support.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 11/29/16 8:01 AM

When first created, software was a product that either came with your computer or you purchased and downloaded.  The Internet changed this.  The "cloud" is now the host for all your programs and files.  Your computer, tablet and phone just need to be able to access these "web-based" applications.   In other words your software became a service, not a product.  But, we've been slow to grasp the significance of this change.

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Tags: Church management software, Ministry & Technology

3 Challenges to Child Safety Every Church Faces

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/12/16 2:03 PM

The only thing worse than a child being hurt or abused by an older child or adult is that hurt or abuse happening in Church.  This concern keeps those of us bent on child safety awake at night.  There is no greater concern for safety in church ministry than this.  The liability and legal issue is important, but even more important is the authentic concern pastors have for their families, parents have for their kids and kids have for their friends.  Here are three common challenges to child safety every church faces.

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Tags: Kids Ministry, Ministry & Technology

Agility and Church Management Software

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/6/16 6:03 AM

Agility is the ability to improve speed and grace.  It is the way an athlete moves on the field that gives him or her a competitive advantage.  It is the way a lawyer exudes confidence with clarity and timing before the judge and jury.  It is the way a software company innovates quickly, efficiently and beautifully to serve their clients.  Agility is also the way some churches are able to constantly improve how they attract, equip and release people.

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Tags: Church management software, Ministry & Technology

Church management didn't use to be this way.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/30/16 10:22 AM

Last week I visited with the Executive Pastor and IT director of a church about an hour from me.  Over a decade ago they built a really useful software application to manage their church.  It is especially good at automating follow-up of guests.  We talked back then about Churchteams and I was impressed with what they built.  Obviously, they didn't need us.  

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Tags: Church management software, Ministry & Technology

How to care for over-engaged volunteers

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/16/16 7:37 AM

We are part of the Plano campus of Watermark Church here in Dallas.  It was a Saturday morning in July, I was at our church for the second week of training on speaking.  I had spent the week putting together a 10 minute talk using the structure we had been given.  I had also had 3 lunch meetings that week, a morning ministry team meeting, an early morning accountability group and an evening spent with a couple's group.  I was tired that morning and wanted to be home to get stuff done around the house.  As I was talking with a good friend, I found myself complaining about all the time I had invested in ministry that week.  Now, that's not really like me.  I love ministry and am grateful for the opportunities to invest in the lives of people.  But, something was happening in me that morning that happens all the time in the lives of your most engaged leaders.  I was feeling over-engaged.

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Tags: About us, Ministry & Technology

Pokemon Go: What Church Leaders Should Know

Posted by Alan Danielson on 7/26/16 11:04 AM

To say that Pokemon Go is a phenomenon is and understatement.  I visited the App Institute's Pokemon Go real-time-status page and in the 3 minutes I watched, the Pokemon Go App made over $50,000 in revenue!  Stretch those numbers out over a 24-hour period and you get $24 million!!!  After it's release, it only took Pokemon Go 13 hours to become the top highest-grossing app in the United States.  Nintendo's market value increased $9 billion in the first 5 days.   All of this is amazing considering the fact that Nintendo invested $30 million to develop the app.

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Tags: Ministry & Technology

Why Google Could Lower Your Church On Search Results

Posted by Rich Birch on 5/31/16 11:02 AM

Your website is more important than the front door of your church. It serves as your ministry’s public face to the community you are attempting to reach and serve. Long gone are the days when your website was a “nice to have” frill for your ministry … it’s now a core part of outreach strategies. Consider these stats about church websites:

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Tags: Ministry & Technology

5 Reasons We Changed Church Management Software (& Maybe You Should Too?)

Posted by Rich Birch on 5/3/16 6:29 AM

At the core of your ministry is a pile of information about people. Registration data from special events, check-in data from your kids ministry and donor data from first-time givers are all examples of information that can give you insights on how to serve your community better. Having a robust church management system that can take care of and leverage all that data is vitally important for growing churches today. In fact, leading churches spend a tremendous amount of time, effort and energy on using their data wisely.

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Tags: Ministry & Technology

Looking Ahead…A Sneak-Peek Into the Future of Church Management Software

Posted by Alan Danielson on 4/12/16 5:04 AM

I love science fiction.  I watch sci-fi movies, read sci-fi books and even watch the Sify Channel.  For the record, I hate that name.  They should have stuck with “Sci-Fi Channel”. But anyway, I love how science fiction often becomes science fact.  Jules Vern wrote about going to the moon and later it became a reality.  Captain Kirk made calls to the Enterprise using a flip phone and in the first decade of the 21stcentury everyone was making calls on them!  Captain Jen Luc Picard used a digital tablet back in the 1980s and today university students all over the globe are taking class notes on them.

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Tags: Ministry & Technology

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