In a classic scene in the movie, The Patriot, Mel Gibson as Benjamin Martin gives his sons shooting advice to save their brother, "Aim small, miss small." It is the pivotal point in the story where Benjamin transitions from disengagement in a great cause to full engagement.
Eight weeks ago, I did a blog post on using Workflows to help you with volunteer recruitment. This is the time of the year that most church staff are stressed out to make sure all the volunteers needed are in place. But, once you get them recruited and trained, there is still the challenge of getting everyone scheduled.
We released text to give in early 2017. To get an idea about what difference text to give is making in churches 2 years later, I researched giving over the past six months in five churches that have been intentional in using online and text giving as part of their stewardship development strategy.
I'm in the process of writing another blog post on giving by text with some new statistics I'm eager to share about how texting and online giving work together. But we've needed a blog post for quite awhile to follow-up this blog post in April, 2018 about Check Data Entry.
About this time of the year families begin to get excited about the upcoming school year. And churches begin planning their fall launch. At the intersection of both is Promotion Sunday! The big Sunday when all the kids move up a grade.
Let's say the Jordans have children involved in youth sports. Generally, they attend worship and Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. But their new league plays about half their games on Sunday mornings. So, during those weeks the Jordans attend worship and Sunday School during the 4 p.m. service on Saturday. A great solution provided by an understanding church!
Since February I've been blogging on ways to use Workflows to automate many of the routine but vitally important tasks related to people, communication and processes in the church.
Tags: Workflow Magic
The other day, Kathi from Ohio asked about creating a workflow for her pastors to care for and encourage survivors after the death of their spouse. She is pretty good at workflows and had already defined the pathway.
The conversation reminded me of many others we've had about how to handle the death of a spouse from the perspective of the database. So, let's start with that and then get to the workflow.
Today's post is a follow-up to last week's on volunteer recruitment. The two posts work in tandem, you really need to master both to get the process down.
Last time we saw the need for a Ministry Connection Central group that simplifies church-wide communication and then auto-registers responses for specific Ministry Connection follow-up.
We then saw how to use a specific Ministry Connection group to develop a follow-up system to move those interested in connecting to their next step of registering for training. The system automates communication to ensure we are doing due diligence as staff to honor their initial interest.
The church runs on volunteers. Pastors and staff are looking for help. Attenders and members are anxious to help. So, why is recruiting hard?
Every week or so staff get notified that people want to serve in their area of ministry. They send an email or leave a voice mail and if there's no response, they're on to next week's contacts. They don't have an adequate system or bandwidth to continue pursuing people.
Meanwhile attenders and members keep responding to the asks about their interests on Sunday and wonder why staff don't respond like promised. It could be that the email or voice message came in the middle of their work day, got put aside for later and then forgotten.
We recently gave some thought to how to solve this problem using the Churchteams system and Workflows. Here's what we came up. See what you think.