What is your favorite resource on the Internet? YouVersion Bible? A YouTube Channel? Right Now Media? The Bible Project? Sermon Archives? A Blog Post? Imagine people sending a text to your church office number with a keyword of your choosing that would take them directly to that website? The LINK functionality of Text-to-Church does exactly that.
Some good news - It's finally November, 2020.
We're on the last lap of this most unique year. Many churches have started and are starting to meet for large group worship on Sunday again. Many will still wait a couple more months or longer. Some have restarted and had to go back to just live stream due to a Covid outbreak in their community. But, whenever the time is right for your church, you're going to want a way to track the comeback.
None of us will forget 2020, that's for sure. As churches are starting to meet back, it's good to see check-in start to pick up again. Here are a few blog posts since Covid started on ways we've adapted check-in to this new world.
As both veteran and new clients are thinking about their new approach to check-in, we often get asked if we can accommodate their different ideas. Because our system is so robust we are almost always able to accommodate.
Tags: New Release
Let's face it, working through Connection Cards consumes a lot of staff time. Administrative staff spend time entering data, sending communication and making follow-up assignments. Ministry staff spend time trying to connect with people, personally leaving too many voicemails that never get further follow-up.
A Digital Connection Card used in conjunction with our Workflow and Assimilation Tracking is the system you are looking for to free up time from tedious work and optimize personal relationships.
If you pour out your time and heart to pick the right font, images, navigation and content for your website. If it drives you crazy to see unbranded or rogue email templates being used by staff. If you wish there were a way to connect your social media and streaming messages to your communication process. You must be responsible for your church's communication.
In 2 Corinthians 11:28, Paul writes, "Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches."
Pastors these days know exactly what Paul is referring to. They've felt the uncertainty of cancelling worship services for the first time in their church's history. They hear the conflicting counsel about re-opening. They feel the angst of political polarization. They care for out-of-work friends and family. They sincerely pray for the critically ill.
The uncertainty of this year so far has caused all of us to innovate like crazy. This weekly blog chronicles much of our journey as a software company.
Hopefully this season will soon be over. To help capture what you've learned, I wanted to share with you a conversation with Dave Workman about an affordable, fun, and creative way for a team to do strategic planning.
Dave was part of Vineyard Cincinnati, an innovative mega-church, from its inception and then as Sr. Pastor for 13 years. Currently he is president of Elemental Churches, a leadership development group devoted to helping churches become healthier and more effective. He is the author of Elemental Leaders and The Outward-focused Life.
Tags: Misc. Insights
The thesis of this series has been that Website Integration and Workflow Automation can do for Engagement (Outreach, Assimilation, and Connection) what Online Giving has done for Stewardship. That is, provide a technology solution for accomplishing a major ministry objective in a way that is not dependent on large group gatherings. The current pandemic has forced us to use more virtual tools than ever. Let's not waste what we've learned.
In Moving Assimilation From Virtual To Reality, we traced a couple's journey through a completely online process of identifying with a ministry designed to help people in distressed marriages. We got them to the point of coming to a meeting the first time.
They show up, a bit timid at first, but the friend who called them meets them, shows them around (unless meeting online) and introduces them to a few others.
In our business, we intentionally blur the line between sales and on-boarding. For instance while doing a 30 day free trial (sales process), we will upload data, set up a text-to-church phone number, and make webinar training available (all on-boarding elements). This gives prospective clients the opportunity to better experience our software enabling them to make a more confident choice.
But once, they subscribe / commit to Churchteams, we are even more intentional about helping them on-board. We'll upload the rest of their data including attendance and giving history. We'll do custom one-on-one sessions to customize the software to the church's culture and structure. We'll get online giving set up. We'll encourage them to call or email for support. And much more. We do all this because we know that the first three to six months of using our software are critical for effectively realizing its potential.