3 reasons the new, staff access upgrade to the Member App is significant

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/5/23 2:32 PM

Yes!  We've been on an exciting journey the last couple of weeks as we rolled out the new Member App.  Our thanks to so many of you for sharing your time in the briefings (recording), your excitement about the feature,  and your kind words.

In a previous blog I mentioned that there are always tweaks, and often new ideas that come after a release.  This one was no different.  The most significant one empowers staff in a completely new way on their mobile phones.  They can now use the full software through the Member App.  Yes!

By staff, I am referring to anyone that has been given access to the software at the coach level and higher.  These are assigned under Settings > Users.  

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Tags: New Release, Communication

Why our brains zone out and how to improve church communication

Posted by Barbara Carneiro on 8/29/23 2:30 PM
We are one of the sponsors for the Church Communicator's Conference October 2-5, 2023.  It is going to be at an Art Museum in Charlotte, NC. 
It's not like any conference we've sponsored before, but very much inline with the direction we are headed as a church communication platform.  
First, I'd like to invite you to join us at the event if you can. 
Secondly, I'd like you to hear from the brains behind the event, Barbara Carneiro.  She has become a real friend to Churchteams and we look forward to being part of what she is doing with this conference.
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Tags: Communication

3 ways to use our new Member App to improve church communication

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/22/23 5:00 AM
I am excited to announce that we released our Member App last night.  It has been a long journey of observation, evaluation, and development of an App that fits how churches and people are really using them.  I covered some of those big questions in last week's blog post.
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Tags: New Release, Communication

Answers to 6 important questions about our Member App coming next week

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/15/23 2:00 PM

We built and have promoted the use of texting in church for a very long time.  There are things we do with Text-to-Church that are amazing.

But, for many months now we've been working on a "not so" top secret project that is ready to launch next week,  our brand new - MEMBER APP.  It is designed to give your church members and regular attenders easy, contemporary access to everything they need. 

We plan to release it next Monday night, then Tuesday morning send you an email introducing the app with a list of specific features and an introductory video that will demonstrate the User Experience.  We will also release Knowledge Base articles for customizing what groups, events, and resources are included in the app.  In addition, we are going to offer a couple of  Zoom webinars with our team to overview and discuss it live.

Register for Member App Briefing (8/24 or 8/30)

In preparation for that, here are answers to 6 questions behind our vision for this latest, very exciting upgrade.

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Tags: Church Management Software, New Release

Why we chose Churchteams and how we're communicating it to staff

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/8/23 2:30 PM

A few weeks ago, Tracy, an 18-month-in Churchteams client, shared the illustration below with us.  It was her way to picture the consolidation process they've gone through to choose church software and to communicate their choice to their team.

Since selection and communication are both common processes for churches, I asked her if I could share the illustration in a blog post.  Then I asked her a few questions to better understand her story and the background to the illustration.  My questions are in bold below followed by her responses in italics.  See if her story sounds familiar.

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Tags: Church Management Software

How to clean up messy bookshelves, reports and email templates. (Tags)

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/1/23 2:30 PM

My bookshelves used to be organized by topic and alphabeticized by author.  I could find anything quickly.  Not so much anymore.  I could give excuses, but they're a mess and make it a challenge to find something when I need it.  

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Tags: New Release, Best Practices

New! This upgrade makes tuition and other recurring registration payments easy.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 7/25/23 9:29 AM
Churches often struggle to provide ways for youth camp, preschool, mission trips, and other event participants to pay over time.  They end up using a spreadsheet or notebook to track payments.  But, the most time intensive part is having to contact people who forget to pay their balance.  
At first glance, it seems like there ought to be a way to use recurring donations to help with this.  But registrations require specific payment amounts, donations do not.  So, this isn't a good work around.
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Tags: Registration

Ten innovative ways to maximize the power of workflows in ministry

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 7/18/23 2:30 PM
Technology makes our lives easier.  I'm glad I don't have to use correction tape to fix typos and that I don't have to be attached to a wall to make a phone call. 
What word processors are to writing, and cell phones are to talking; workflows are to doing.  I've written a lot about workflows the last few years, but the last couple of weeks I've had two very sharp, pastoral staff ask me for specific examples.  Both of them are in the process of considering a change to Churchteams.
Workflows really are kind of a novel feature for most people when they first see them, so, see if these 10 ideas don't get the wheels rolling for your thinking about using workflows to automate tasks. The hyperlinks go to more detailed blog posts on each topic.
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Tags: Automation

How to use Text to support your Spanish Church or Ministry

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 7/11/23 3:00 PM

One of our clients asked us a few months ago if we could add spanish versions of the system keywords used in Text-to-Church.  He knew he could already use spanish keywords for any group, event, or form and just wanted to upgrade that a bit to system keywords.

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Tags: Best Practices

Why Churches Lag Behind with Technology and How You Can Get Ahead

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 6/27/23 2:30 PM

During a recent podcast with EST, we delved into the reasons why churches tend to fall behind when it comes to utilizing technology. As always, spending time with Sam and Josh was a pleasure.

Although the conversation with EST had a life of its own, I like to come prepared. With the assistance of GPT, I compiled four reasons why churches often lag behind in technology adoption.  You might find this a helpful evaluation tool.  It is followed by a single idea to help you get ahead.

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Tags: Church Management Software

3 common problems with new volunteers and effective ways to solve them

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 6/20/23 2:00 PM

There has been a lot of conversation since Covid about the challenges of recruiting volunteers.  I've written a few posts on it, but my favorite one was Seven Steps To Deal With The Stress of Volunteer Management from last July.  It outlines the process for everything from recruiting to caring for volunteers.

This one is much narrower in scope.  In fact, I'd like to zero in on the first month or two after a volunteer is placed by looking at 3 common problems with new volunteers and how to solve them.  Here are the problems followed by a recommended solution:

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Tags: Volunteers

Why the habit of tracking notes is so important to your church

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 6/8/23 4:39 PM

I talk about the use of Notes all the time in these blog posts.  However, a few months ago a long time user / friend pointed out that I had never done a blog post on it directly.  It's time.

Let me give you an idea of how important this topic is.  In my view, getting everyone on your team to use the Notes feature will increase staff use of the software by 200% and make your team as a whole 50% more efficient

Those numbers are based on my experience and gut feeling.  If we were to actually create an experiment to calculate them, those rates of improvement might be low.  Imagine that!    

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Tags: Best Practices, Communication, Notes

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