Why Gather? - User's Gathering (Zoom) next Monday.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/26/20 10:00 AM

If it weren't for Covid 19, our staff and many of you would be looking forward to being together in North Fort Worth next week.  Barbecue and Tex-Mex were on the menu along with 2 days of fellowship and learning.  

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Tags: Church Management Software, About us

New for Re-opening! Party of... Reservations

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/19/20 11:00 AM
After months of social-distancing and live-streaming-only worship, it is exciting to hear the conversations about safely re-opening.  Two weeks ago we started getting calls about using our registration system for reservations to help manage re-opening at 25% to start.
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Tags: New Release, Registration, Communication

Our DIFFERENT Take on Church Apps

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/12/20 10:30 AM

Apps are an important part of product offerings for some Church Management  Systems. They are the primary delivery system for other church related online services like payment processing, content delivery, and communication. 

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Tags: Email Marketing, Communication

NEW!  Upgrades to Org Chart, Growthfinder & more.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/5/20 11:06 AM
Our development team has been busy the past few months, before and during the Covid 19 shutdown.  I've already blogged on 4 upgrades.
  1. Check Scanning & Image Archive.
  2. Automated Check-in Printer Start Schedule.  
  3. Office number for Text-to-Church.
  4. Email lists upgrade.  Last week's blog.
But, in addition there have been a number of other nice additions.  You may have already noticed some of them.  I'm featuring the Org Chart and Growthfinder language update in the title of this post.  But, there is more.  Here is a quick overview. Click or scroll to read more.  Look them up in your account to help you remember and use them.
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Tags: New Release

New!  Email Lists upgrade.  How to use lists well.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/28/20 10:30 AM

Think about it.  Whenever you sign up for anything online, you are REQUIRED to provide an email address.  Often it becomes your username.  Email is as important to your Internet identity as your address is to your geographic identity. 

And email is an important part of church communication. The challenge is to effectively target the people with whom you want to communicate.  Our report filters allow you to select people based on group involvement (or not), any member attribute and even giving habits.  

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Tags: Email Marketing, Communication

An introduction to email and email marketing.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/21/20 10:30 AM

These weeks of churches not being able to physically meet due to Covid 19 are requiring us to review and upgrade our thoughts about communication.  It seems like a perfect time to start a series I've been thinking about on email and email marketing.

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Tags: Email Marketing, Communication

New!  Use the Office Number for Text-to-Church

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/14/20 2:00 PM
Talk about convenient.  Just text the word GIVE to the church office number to make or set up a donation.  HELP provides a short tutorial. EVENTS sends a list of keywords to choose from to give or join anything.  
 
CHECK enhances security and captures attendance - even if watching the service online.  ME goes to my personal page in the database.  Add Links with your keywords to go anywhere on the Internet. 
 
The great thing about this upgrade is that the number is already in the contacts for many of the people who attend your church.  They call it to talk to staff.  But now they can text it to do everything else.
 
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Tags: Text-To-Church

Tracking Multiplication.  4 Generations

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/7/20 10:33 AM

I started this series more than a month ago but got sidestracked on topics related to the Covid 19 crisis.  The pandemic has only ramped up.  But, for a moment, let's refocus on how we help a church measure how well they are multiplying disciples.

Jesus didn't mentor his disciples just to make them better men.  His goal was for them to mentor other people who would do the same thing.  Paul was super clear on this multiplication model of mentoring in 2 Timothy 2:2.

We who are captivated by the privilege and challenge of this calling are part of a growing movement of churches owning the multiplication vision.  Our experience has shown us that consistency and conversations are two powerfully helpful measures of multiplication.

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Tags: Church Management Software, Discipleship

Not connecting on Sundays?  This NEW Text-to-Checkin upgrade can help!

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 3/31/20 3:00 PM

All of us miss being together on Sundays but we're finding new paths to stay connected.  Like the creative ways many of you are using Text-to-Church to help.

One recent idea was to use All Check to have people text to let us know they were watching the live-stream or video.  It also gives them an opportunity to respond, give and stay informed.  Like a church bulletin, but on steroids.

But there was a problem.  The system required starting up a label printer in order to use Check-in.  So, we changed development priorities last week and are excited to release an upgrade to Check-in that allows you to create an automatic check-in start up schedule without having to start a label printer.   

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Tags: Check-in & Family, Text-To-Church, Assimilation

Ask these six questions before sending a mass text.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 3/24/20 12:15 PM

 

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Tags: Text-To-Church, Best Practices, Email Marketing

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