Best Practices:  How To Use Email Templates

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 6/5/18 9:07 AM
When used well, email templates can help your church's communication strategy in a couple of ways.  
  1. Uniform branding.  Consistency in the look and feel of all emails that officially go out from the church helps build familiarity and confidence in church communication.
  2. Staff time savings.  Staff save time by creating templates for regularly used emails like follow up from connection cards. These can be set up to contain all the responses needed so that staff just edit out unneeded information.

If you've never thought about developing a communication strategy, here's a blog post from Orange that might be a good launching point.

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Best Practices to Stop Duplicates & Merge

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/29/18 2:12 PM

Those of us who deal with database maintenance at all share the headache of discovering and merging duplicates.  The best practice for keeping a clean database in our church software is to schedule a monthly event or task to run merge reports for members and families.  We've added and detailed several options for both types of merge reports under the Members button then click Merge.  This is your foundational task for maintaining your database. 

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Tags: Church management software, Membership, Best Practices

User's Gathering Best Practices: Use Registration Completion Options for Event Registrations

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/22/18 10:40 AM
Thank you to Bruce Droogsma from Wayzata Free Church in Plymouth, MN for coming to the User's Gathering and writitng this blog summary for his group.  
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Tags: Best Practices

Best Practice w/ Feature Upgrade:  Check-in Everyone & Auto-Print Youth/Volunteer Name Tags

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/15/18 7:02 AM

The best place to connect with parents on Sunday morning is when they check-in their kids.  This is just as true for your members and regular attenders as it is for your guests.  You may already be using that time to start the follow-up process.  If not, see section D in the check-in view.  But, why not use the same opportunity to capture attendance for everything everyone in the family is attending or serving in that morning?  

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Tags: Kids Ministry, New Release, Volunteers, Text-To-Church

User Gathering Best Practices: Target Email Marketing

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/8/18 9:52 AM

How well are your emails really being received?  We've been on a learning curve in this area the past few years.  As many of you know we released significant upgrades to our email system back in 2016.  Here's the blog post - New Release: Built-in Email Marketing.  It contains the details. But since it came up at our User's Gathering a couple of weeks ago, here are a few best practices that some of our clients are using to increase the impact of their email communication.

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Tags: Best Practices

Automated: Mobile Carrier Lookup

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/7/18 10:14 AM
You don't have to have people input their mobile carrier to send them a text anymore! 
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Tags: New Release, Ministry & Technology

User's Gathering - What delights you about Churchteams?

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/1/18 7:39 AM

We had such a great time gathering last week with staff and friends from around the country.  It was our first time to do something like this and we learned much that I hope to share with you in the next few blogs.  We broke into smaller groups and did work around tables.  One of the first questions people interacted over was, "What delights you about Churchteams." 

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Tags: Relationships, The Story

New! Browse Groups UI

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/24/18 7:20 AM

Helping people connect to groups has been a core feature in Churchteams since the beginning.  We started using the term Groupfinder for this feature back in 2001.  You customize the search options to fit your church and the questions you would ask to help someone find a group.  Then categorize the groups accordingly and people looking for groups can find a match themselves. This removes staff from being the bottleneck for connection, but notifies staff when connections are made to keep them in the loop.

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Tags: Relationships, New Release, Small Groups, Registration

Check Data Entry - Research, Rethinking, Release

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/17/18 9:42 AM

Many churches that receive hundreds of checks every week use check readers and scanners to help with data entry. We recently did some research on these systems and built then released what we believe is a much more streamlined approach. Here is what we learned and our application.

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Tags: Online Giving, New Release

Software For VBS / Kids' Events

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/10/18 12:00 AM

He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.  Malachi 4:6

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Tags: Kids Ministry, Registration

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