Boyd Pelley

Boyd Pelley
Co-founder, Churchteams. From 1990 to 2008 served as discipleship, administrative and family pastor of churches in New Mexico, Nebraska and Texas. Married 30+ years, 2 married adult children.
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Why the habit of tracking notes is so important to your church

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 6/8/23 4:39 PM

I talk about the use of Notes all the time in these blog posts.  However, a few months ago a long time user / friend pointed out that I had never done a blog post on it directly.  It's time.

Let me give you an idea of how important this topic is.  In my view, getting everyone on your team to use the Notes feature will increase staff use of the software by 200% and make your team as a whole 50% more efficient

Those numbers are based on my experience and gut feeling.  If we were to actually create an experiment to calculate them, those rates of improvement might be low.  Imagine that!    

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Tags: Best Practices, Communication, Notes

What is a phishing scam? And four ways to avoid getting caught.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 6/6/23 2:30 PM
Someone is sending emails to church members using the pastor's name to solicit funds.  Recipients want to help, but something seems fishy so someone reaches out to the pastor. When he hears about it, he's paniced about being hacked.  He makes a call, and the panic spreads.
Like you, we HATE whenever we find out someone is trying to take advantage of relationships within the church.  Everyone feels violated.  There's always an urgency to fix this - and rightly so.
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Tags: Church Management Software

How to develop a wedding follow-up system to disciple young couples

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/23/23 2:30 PM
In 2022 according to the popular wedding site, The Knot:  20% of weddings took place in October, 15% in September, and 19% in June-August.  2023 is likely not much different.  That means wedding season is here. 
Many pastors do pre-marital counseling to help couples plan for a marriage as well as their wedding.  This is a great way to disciple young men and women as they prepare to do life together.  That discipleship doesn't have to stop on the wedding date.  We've had a few pastors or staff call to ask our suggestions for building a first year of marriage follow-up system.  It's a brilliant idea!   
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Tags: Communication

Five suggestions for Millenial leaders to help older church members adopt technology

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/16/23 2:30 PM

Millenials have been surrounded by technology, computers, the Internet, social media, and mobile devices since birth.  They are digital natives and they are starting to lead churches full of members who are not. 

Left unattended, this difference in attachment to technology could bog down the effectiveness of the vision and strategy of younger leaders.  As a company that builds technology for churches; we think, talk, and pray about issues like this.

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Tags: Best Practices

Two attitudes to bridge the generation gap on use of church technology

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/9/23 2:30 PM

The oldest millenials turned 40 the last few years.  For as long as I can remember, 35-45 has been the sweet spot for churches looking for new staff, especially a senior pastor. 

Our friends on the EST podcast focus specifically on helping this new generation of leaders serve established churches.  A couple of weeks ago I was on with Sam talking about bridging the technology gap with older members.  Here's that podcast.

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Tags: Church Management Software

How to make your follow up system work using buckets and workflows

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/2/23 2:30 PM

I did a workshop recently at  the Disciple Leaders Network conference on the topic of "How to think about and map out an effective assimilation strategy."  The host team asked us to make it a working time so that participants could walk away with some tools on our topics.  I thought I'd share mine here as well. 

I started by introducing our view of assimilation as a network of buckets and workflows.  Buckets are the groups, events, responses, steps, etc. in which we gather people with the same interests.  Workflows help us move them from one bucket (group) to another.  Here's the illustration I used in the workshop.

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Tags: Automation

4 ideas that will improve follow up after big events like Easter

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/25/23 2:45 PM

The French writer, poet, and aviation pioneer, Antoine de Saint-Exupery famously said, "A goal without a plan is just a wish."  

Easter was just a couple of weeks ago.  Hopefully, your church saw lots of visitors and twice-a-year attenders. How has your follow-up with these people gone?  Are you working the plan or was your goal for them to return really just a wish?

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Tags: Best Practices, Automation

New!  Feature upgrades that make your work a little easier

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/18/23 2:30 PM

Feature upgrades / new releases often come from users' input and end up making their work a little easier.  Here's what Mary shared with us recently.  (Stock photo, not really Mary.)

"Adobe wouldn't let me save my latest email newsletter because it was too big to save the way I always used to do it (8 steps 😝).  So, I decided to try your “create a link” feature in Email Templates.

It worked beautifully! And in the future will save me SO MUCH TIME! Thank you for providing this tool!  You guys are so wonderful at providing what we users need to do our work for God’s Kingdom."

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Tags: New Release

How does Churchteams software help with worship service planning?

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/11/23 2:15 PM


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Tags: Volunteers, Best Practices

Established church pastors podcast, and the #1 problem that keeps them up

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 3/28/23 2:45 PM

About a year ago I met Sam Rainer at a Discipleship Pastors retreat.  He is a pastor, author, and President / Sr. Consultant with Church Answers.  His books include "Obstacles in the Established Church" and "Church Revitalization Checklist."

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Tags: Church Management Software

The top 4 best practices for award winning use of text messaging

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 3/21/23 2:00 PM

In the last few weeks we've seen some history and stats on texting, how businesses are using texting, and how churches are using texting.  In this final installment we are going to provide some best practices for using texting.

These may seem pretty basic, but I think if you read beyond the section headers, you will discover some interesting and helpful nuggets that will get you nominated for best church or non-profit use of personal  texting.

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Tags: Text-To-Church

The top eight ways churches are using text messaging

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 3/14/23 2:00 PM

Text to give made its popular debut with United Way at the Super Bowl in 2008. A few years after that online payment processing companies began offering it to churches as a giving option.

We became convinced that this method of contributing to ministry was more than a passing fad and released it in 2016 as a part of our online giving services.

Industry enhancements to the texting infrastructure in recent years have opened up exciting new ways for churches to use texting beyond mass communication and giving. Here is a list of the ways that Churchteams clients are using it.

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Tags: Text-To-Church

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