What is Adaptive Pastoring and how can digital technology help?

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 3/8/22 2:30 PM

It seems like life's challenges never slow down, much less stop.  We turn on the news every day to learn of the latest shooting, natural disaster, economic challenge, social unrest, health guideline, political argument, and now a war. 

This sense of constant change weighs heavily on the shoulders of church leaders.  How should we respond in light of all this, and what technology tools can help? 

This comment from our survey a couple of months ago is insightful.  

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Tags: Roundtable & Learning

Three tools to help you love the cautious people in your church.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 3/1/22 3:00 PM

How is your church different now than in 2019?

This was the question I asked in my blog on January 11.  It linked to a survey that many of you responded to. 

As I reviewed and organized what I learned from this survey, I came up with "Seven ways life happened to church in the past three years." 

So far, I've written blogs on three of these.  This is the fourth.  The insight is that as a result of the pandemic, we now have a more Cautious Congregation.

Church staff are seeing this in the form of less responsiveness to connection cards; more quickly to say no when asked to volunteer; less engaging in community; and, for many people, a slow return to church life.

These insights come from personal conversations as well as survey responses like these:

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Tags: Roundtable & Learning

New!  Six improvements because of our passion for support.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 2/22/22 3:00 PM
This week we'll break from the Life Happened series to share some updates to the application in recent months.  We are a technology company at heart and it is good for you to know that our interaction with customers leads us to constantly improve what we do.  That passion for support that leads to improvement is core to our company.  It is a built-in part of our brand identity.
 
Those of you who have requested these upgrades likely already know about them.  Others of you who regularly use the software may have already found them.  Either way, here's the short list for a quick overview.  Click on any one of the topics for more details.
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Tags: New Release

How to see and engage visitors and people who have not come back.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 2/15/22 2:30 PM

One of the most interesting things I've heard from a lot of church leaders is that their Sunday numbers are almost back compared to pre-Covid, but the crowd is different.  There are lots of new faces.  And a lot of the old faces are missing.

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Tags: Roundtable & Learning

How workflows help you care for new people and avoid assimilation stagnation.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 2/8/22 3:00 PM

Last week we focused on our new Text upgrades rollout, which, by the way, is a game-changer if you missed it.  This week, I'm back to my Life Happened series talking about how technology can help the church navigate the change we've seen the last three years.  The 7 topics for this series came out of the voice of the customer research we recently did to try to pinpoint what actually changed.

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Tags: Workflow Magic, Roundtable & Learning

Four new professional texting upgrades to empower your church communication.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 2/1/22 8:30 AM

Just this week I received texts from my dentist, doctor, city utilities, a political survey, Verizon, Chase Bank, Honda, and Eddie Bauer.  I can even text my dentist back if I have a question or need to change my appointment and they respond personally!  I bet you've had the same experience. 

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Tags: New Release, Text-To-Church

How All-Check helps you connect people across all channels of blended worship.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 1/25/22 2:00 PM

Blended worship in 2019 referred to the style of music in services.  Should we offer contemporary, classic, country-western, or blended?  This has been an issue for decades.  

In 2022 blended worship, however, refers to the channels through which worship is offered.  What combination of live worship, Facebook, Youtube, Vimeo, Churchstreaming.tv, or other streaming services should we use?

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Tags: Roundtable & Learning

Seven ways life happened to church in the past three years.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 1/18/22 2:00 PM

Change through challenging times is an important part of what it means to walk with God. As the Serenity prayer instructs us, "hardship is the pathway to peace."

One of the reasons hardship leads to peace is that there's a significant part of that path where we're disoriented and uncertain about the terrain on which we're travelling.  It's along this section of the road that faith is built, that is, peace with God.  Covid 19 has been such a roadway for the church.

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Tags: Roundtable & Learning

What happened in church?  Help us discover the best and worst of the last 2 years.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 1/11/22 1:55 PM

It is clear that something is different about church since 2019.  I mentioned this related to our voice of the customer research in my last blog.  But is this difference good or bad?  And, how can technology help?

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Tags: Church Management Software

Two customer research insights and how we empower church leaders.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 1/4/22 1:30 PM

Happy new year to you and your church teams.  May the Lord give you new insights for reaching people in the almost post-pandemic world of 2022.   

As part of our planning for the future, we recently contracted a Voice of the Customer researcher to interview eight of our most active customers.  There were lots of insights but two stood out to me that I'd like to address talk about in this blog post. 

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Tags: Church Management Software, Roundtable & Learning

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