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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$10 Starbucks gift card for your best ideas on year-end online giving

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 11/8/22 2:30 PM

For decades nonprofits and churches have used the holiday season as a special time to raise funds for ministry.  In fact a large percentage of income for many ministries will come in the next couple of months.  The significance of this season has only increased in the last decade with the poplularity and promotion of Giving Tuesday.

Our team could put together a list of ideas to help your church get the most out of online giving this season.  However, a lot has changed in recent years and we would like to hear your stats, stories, best practices, and/or creative ideas.   

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Tags: Giving

5 important ideas that will make your church website better

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 10/25/22 11:00 AM

What do you think about your website?  Does it accomplish what you wish it would for your church or organization?  This past year we spent a lot of time asking and analyzing these questions for our website.

That's why we were so excited last week to publish the results of our work.  Check it out.  There are all kinds of articles and blog posts out there from professional marketing and website design firms that are incredible.  We don't pretend to compete with them.  But, we did learn some things along the way.

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Tags: Best Practices, Communication

New!  5 problems with church software reports and how we solve them.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 10/18/22 2:00 PM

We have been building software for churches for over twenty years and have regularly heard from clients about how cumbersome reports are across the industry. 

Some systems are so complex that creating a new report takes a degree in computer science. Others provide so many options that you're not sure which report is for what purpose.  Still others allow everyone to create reports and over time you're not sure who created what and which ones are still useful.

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Tags: New Release, Reports

3 reasons our least used feature may be the most powerful one.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 10/11/22 2:00 PM
A friend recently sent me the link to Simon Sinek's famous TED talk, "Start with Why". It has been a few years since I watched it, so I decided to invest 18 minutes for a refresher. I'm glad I did.
"Why" is the best way to make a case for the most under-utilized feature in the Churchteams tool box: Scheduled Reports. Here are three reasons why Scheduled Reports are so important and powerful.
First, people are lonely. Friends are not a nice extra to complement a me-first lifestyle.  God made us for friendship.  Only one thing was not good in creation prior to the first sin. That was for man to be alone. We're built for friendships and that's a good thing.
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Tags: Reports

The best way to make sure your church cares for those grieving loss.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 10/4/22 2:30 PM

We've been through a traumatic few years in the life of our country.  It is the topic of sermons, podcasts, blog posts, conferences, books, and everyday conversations.  But, for some of the people in your congregation the trauma has been far greater than for others.  And it may have nothing to do with either Covid or culture. 

The trauma I'm speaking of is the loss of a spouse, family member, or close friend.  It is during these dark times that the church often shines the brightest.  And, when it does the spouse or family members are forever grateful for the encouragement, prayer, help, and care they receive. 

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Tags: Automation

New! Landing Pages, how to use them to improve ministry communication. 📈

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/20/22 11:00 AM

All of us realize that email marketing and website hosting are two different things. However, as we talked about last week's release of email links for text and social with our development team; we recognized that hosting email content was just a half step from being able to provide hosting for landing pages.  

It was so close in fact that we decided to build a Landing Page feature and released it with Email Links last week.  You can find it on Content Pages option under the Communicate button.  

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Tags: New Release, Communication

New! 📨 Improve email engagement using links for text and social

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/12/22 10:00 AM
Not everyone opens emails, so making them accessible by using text and social media will significantly help you get your messages in front of more people.  Last night we released a new feature that gives you the ability to create links that you can share anywhere.   
In addition to this useful upgrade, here are a few other email system improvements that we added to this release.  All of these are customer suggestions described in detail below.  We will also walk through these releases in the Communication briefing next Tuesday (9/20) at 2 Eastern / 1 Central / 12 Mountain / 11 Pacific.
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Tags: New Release, Communication

Improve website registration using the 1st of these 9 new releases

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/6/22 3:15 PM

Our team has been busy the last few months responding to customer ideas that make the software just a little always-better. 

These are listed in order of their release with the most current one first.  All of these were released in June, July, and August. 

It just happens this time that my favorite one, the update that I think may be most useful, is #1.  It was released a little over a week ago.  I think you'll love how it improves your website registration experience.  

  1. Use pop-ups for registration from your website.
  2. Use text message templates with free texting.
  3. Guardrails for group auto-registration from forms.
  4. Button and page title changes in service volunteers.
  5. Print option added to service volunteer schedule.
  6. Check-in Adults and College roles with other families.
  7. Incremental search now includes legal first name.
  8. Donor portal option shows giving for entire household.
  9. Filter reports for families with or without children.
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Tags: New Release

How texting and QR Codes can improve small group connection

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/30/22 2:45 PM

I recently found an article on Mobile Vs. Desktop Usage worldwide.  It confirmed my suspicion that in recent years mobile usage has surpassed desktop usage overall.

Think about how many people spend their working day on a computer.  Then compare that to time spent on the phone.  According to the article, the U.S. population spends 50% of their time online on their desktop / laptop, 46% on their phone, and 4% on tablets.  This trend toward mobile will surely only increase.

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Tags: Text-To-Church, Best Practices

How to interpret data to shepherd well and measure trust in a group.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/23/22 3:00 PM

Trust is foundational to every relationship.  

In an article on building trust for Focus on the Family, Dr. John Townsend tells us that successful marriages are built on trust.

In his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni makes it clear that a lack of trust on a team is foundational to every other team problem.

Proverbs 3:5,6 makes it clear that our ongoing relationship with God has to be founded on trust.

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Tags: Groups

How to collect small group data and then use it to pray.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/16/22 3:00 PM

Last week we looked at lessons we've learned for helping connect people to groups.  Once people are in groups, though, how do you pray for and shepherd them.  We learned that an effective data capturing system can be used for attendance and much more.  

Before we start, it's helpful to realize that there are different perspectives on taking attendance.  Here are a few.

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Tags: Groups

Ten lessons from the school of hard knocks that improved Groupfinder.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/9/22 2:15 PM

Churchteams started out in 1999 as a tool for making disciples and building teams. A year or so later we were referring to it as a small group software.  Within a couple of years it started gaining traction with churches all over the country. 

I was a small group pastor at the time and had been for almost a decade.  I wasn't new to the challenges of starting and building a small groups ministry, I was exhausted trying to do it.  When I understood cloud computing for the first time, I had a hunch this was the answer.  And, I had a friend who was willing to pioneer this idea with me using his skills as a software architect.  Mark and I have been doing that for 23 years now.  

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Tags: Groups

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