Our Secret to Getting Members to Use Church Software

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/27/16 7:05 AM

 You just invested time and money in a Church software application.  You enjoyed the conversation with the sales person and got a lot out of their implementation process.  However, the congregation has been slow or limited in using it.  

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Tags: Church management software

New Release: Mass change any member attribute.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/19/16 7:04 AM
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3 Challenges to Child Safety Every Church Faces

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/12/16 2:03 PM

The only thing worse than a child being hurt or abused by an older child or adult is that hurt or abuse happening in Church.  This concern keeps those of us bent on child safety awake at night.  There is no greater concern for safety in church ministry than this.  The liability and legal issue is important, but even more important is the authentic concern pastors have for their families, parents have for their kids and kids have for their friends.  Here are three common challenges to child safety every church faces.

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Tags: Kids Ministry, Ministry & Technology

Agility and Church Management Software

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/6/16 6:03 AM

Agility is the ability to improve speed and grace.  It is the way an athlete moves on the field that gives him or her a competitive advantage.  It is the way a lawyer exudes confidence with clarity and timing before the judge and jury.  It is the way a software company innovates quickly, efficiently and beautifully to serve their clients.  Agility is also the way some churches are able to constantly improve how they attract, equip and release people.

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Tags: Church management software, Ministry & Technology

Church management didn't use to be this way.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/30/16 10:22 AM

Last week I visited with the Executive Pastor and IT director of a church about an hour from me.  Over a decade ago they built a really useful software application to manage their church.  It is especially good at automating follow-up of guests.  We talked back then about Churchteams and I was impressed with what they built.  Obviously, they didn't need us.  

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How to engage the under-engaged.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/23/16 10:37 AM
After I left Church staff, I took a break from the life of a highly engaged local ministry volunteer for awhile.  I had given it 110% for years and was just plain worn out.  We started to going to The Village Church, a big church here in Dallas.  It was a 45 minute drive for us, but we loved the worship and preaching, and we loved just coming and then going.  I was in a good place with the Lord and Churchteams was growing, but we were just under-engaged in church life for that season.  Every church has people like this.  In fact, the majority of people that come on Sundays probably fit this category.  So, how should a pastor or staff person engage this part of their congregation?  There are 4 different reasons people are under-engaged.  Each of them require a different approach.
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How to care for over-engaged volunteers

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/16/16 7:37 AM

We are part of the Plano campus of Watermark Church here in Dallas.  It was a Saturday morning in July, I was at our church for the second week of training on speaking.  I had spent the week putting together a 10 minute talk using the structure we had been given.  I had also had 3 lunch meetings that week, a morning ministry team meeting, an early morning accountability group and an evening spent with a couple's group.  I was tired that morning and wanted to be home to get stuff done around the house.  As I was talking with a good friend, I found myself complaining about all the time I had invested in ministry that week.  Now, that's not really like me.  I love ministry and am grateful for the opportunities to invest in the lives of people.  But, something was happening in me that morning that happens all the time in the lives of your most engaged leaders.  I was feeling over-engaged.

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Time For A Change

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/9/16 9:02 AM

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven."  

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Pokemon Go: What Church Leaders Should Know

Posted by Alan Danielson on 7/26/16 11:04 AM

To say that Pokemon Go is a phenomenon is and understatement.  I visited the App Institute's Pokemon Go real-time-status page and in the 3 minutes I watched, the Pokemon Go App made over $50,000 in revenue!  Stretch those numbers out over a 24-hour period and you get $24 million!!!  After it's release, it only took Pokemon Go 13 hours to become the top highest-grossing app in the United States.  Nintendo's market value increased $9 billion in the first 5 days.   All of this is amazing considering the fact that Nintendo invested $30 million to develop the app.

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Tags: Ministry & Technology

Is Online Tithing Biblical?

Posted by Alan Danielson on 7/12/16 7:05 AM

Is it Biblical to make donations to your church via the Internet?  Yes! 

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