New!  Auto-save.  No more lost email drafts.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/11/20 10:30 AM

If you're reading this, you've been there.  In the middle of putting together a stellar email.  The layout was mostly done.  The content was clean and crisp.  Then you get a phone call. Without thinking you look up information in the database or look at a Churchteams registration on your website.  As soon as your done you try to go back to the email and it's gone.

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Tags: New Release, Communication

Moving Outreach From Virtual to Reality

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/4/20 4:55 PM

In my last blog I presented the BHAG of redefining engagement. Not just looking at it through a different lens, but seeing it through the power of technology - a Virtual Reality headset.  Online giving has done it for Stewardship.  Web integration & workflow automation can do the same for engagement.

I break engagement into three parts: Outreach, Follow-up and Connection.  I compare them to the business processes of Marketing, Sales and On-boarding.  Today we're talking about Outreach, the Marketing side of engagement.

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Tags: Assimilation, Email Marketing

Moving Engagement From Virtual to Reality

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 7/28/20 10:00 AM

Several months ago, the XP of a large church in Florida mentioned to me that they no longer think of first time worship attenders as first time guests. They had discovered, even before the Coronavirus Pandemic, that all their first time attenders had watched the service online at least once before attending.  That conversation grabbed my imagination and has been a frequent conversation topic since.  How can we use today's technology to move church engagement from virtual to reality?

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Tags: Assimilation, Email Marketing

How About A Medical Affirmation Before Check-in?

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 7/21/20 10:15 AM

Another Covid 19 Pandemic audible.  Last week an Executive Pastor friend, David Jordan, called to talk through including a medical form in the check-in process.  They had decided to continue to meet live even with much lower numbers - around 20% of old normal.  Like most XP's, he's a planner anticipating when they start back with children's ministry and check-in.

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Tags: Check-in & Family

How To Manage Requests For Personnel, Funds, Resources ...

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 7/14/20 10:45 AM
An important feature in facility management software like eSpace from last week is the ability to require approval for use of a room or resource.  Many churches need a similar process for approving personnel and purchases.  A client asked me last week if we had a way to provide this process in Churchteams so that their staff could keep everything in one software.
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Tags: Giving, Best Practices

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

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