Facility Operations And Churchteams

Posted by Tim Cool on 7/7/20 10:29 AM

For nearly every church, the second or third largest line item in their budget is related to facility operations.  This includes the care, maintenance, energy consumption, capital reserves, etc.  All of this can be lumped into the cost of facilities. 

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Tags: Church Management Software, Facilities

How to test the integrity of your ministry structure.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 6/30/20 10:45 AM
 
Ministry structure that was once strong and vibrant can collapse just like this barn. A lot of factors go into this.  Bad design. Poor materials. Hubris. Apathy. Accidents. Finances. Disease. Vision leakage. Personnel change. Weather. 
 
I'll leave it to others to diagnose. I just know it is a real thing.  We see it all the time in our work with churches as their accounts with us mature and are used more broadly. 
 
Almost since the beginning of the company I've said that the two primary roles of church software are: 1) to help define structure that reflects the church's strategy, and 2) provide feedback that informs vision.  Vision drives strategy. Strategy drives structure. Structure drives feedback. Feedback informs Vision. This is the cycle of ministry praxis.  Any missing or lame segment, over time, can bring down the house. 
 
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Tags: Best Practices

Setting Security For Different Types Of Groups

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 6/23/20 11:00 AM

Churchteams was built around the idea of growing a church using groups as the common building material for every ministry. This means that everything that involves more than one person is managed as a group. 

Every worship service, small group, class, committee, ministry team, leadership team, service team, mission team, event, and even assimilation step is managed as a group. 

This is one of the design constructs that makes our software unique, powerful and user-friendly.  Once understood, ministry rocks of all sizes are formed together to become a solidly built organization.

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Tags: Small Groups, Best Practices

NEW! Advantages Of Being Agile.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 6/16/20 11:00 AM

One of our advantages in the church management market is our agile culture.  There is just one degree of separation between clients and our development team.  As soon as a need or even a suggestion is vetted by a support team member, it is shared with development. 

Development keeps a running evaluation of these suggestions.  Some are as simple as a software edit and are immediately addressed.  They don't even make it to the list.  Others need affirmation, thought and evaluation.  As they come up again and are mulled over, they make their way to the investment of a few hours or days.  Others are much more involved and may take months or years to rise to the level of investment of weeks or even months of coding.  This set of releases fit into the first two categories.

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Tags: New Release

Churchteams As Missions Software

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 6/9/20 10:45 AM

Many ministry events and mission trips have been cancelled this summer due to Covid 19 and social distancing.  But as churches begin to re-open for worship, they are doing so with a renewed passion for their calling to make disciples of all nations.  

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Tags: Giving, Church Management Software

New!  Menu Make-Over

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 6/2/20 7:00 AM

We have an incredible team.  For a number of months now, in addition to all the Covid 19 upgrades we've done, we've been working on upgrading our Navigation Bar buttons to make them more user-friendly.

If you are a long-time Churchteams user, you know what the software does, so you will be able to very quickly re-route from older paths to these new ones that we hope are more direct and more intuitive especially for new users.

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Tags: Church Management Software, New Release

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

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