12 Things I'm Grateful For

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 11/22/16 8:00 AM

You've probably heard of a Gratitude Journal.  It was referenced in the repost/retweet of a blog from Lifeway I sent out yesterday.  I'm looking forward to thinking more about the benefits of gratitude this week.  But for this Thanksgiving week post, I want to do a short journal of things I'm grateful for.  In no particular order, starting with the biggies:

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Pricing church software:  4 things to consider.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 11/8/16 5:50 AM


If you have ever shopped for Church management software, you know that pricing varies widely.  Maybe you've even wondered why that is.  I've done a lot of thinking about pricing ChMS through the years.  Here are some of the different factors I've considered.

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The Discipline of Reflection

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 11/1/16 9:04 AM

Last week I had the opportunity to speak at our weekly men's gathering.  About 150 to 200 of us have been working on spiritual disciplines that last six weeks, my topic was reflection.  Here are a few things from 1 Timothy 4:6-16 that I think are relevant for any leader.

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Is Church Management Software Worth the Money?

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 10/11/16 9:09 AM

We've been thinking a lot about pricing lately.  One of my favorite business blogs has been doing a series based on the book "Confessions of The Pricing Man:  How Price Affects Everything".  The author, Hermann Simon, talks about three basic strategies for pricing: Low, Premium, and Luxury.  Each one has it's own strengths and challenges.  We've struggled with this issue for a lot of years and have only adjusted our pricing twice.  At a high level, this presses me to think about a really basic question.  Is Church Management Software Worth the Money?  Which begs the question, how much money?  First, some thoughts about the value software brings to churches.  Then, I'll relate this value to the 3 strategies.

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How to engage the under-engaged.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/23/16 10:37 AM
After I left Church staff, I took a break from the life of a highly engaged local ministry volunteer for awhile.  I had given it 110% for years and was just plain worn out.  We started to going to The Village Church, a big church here in Dallas.  It was a 45 minute drive for us, but we loved the worship and preaching, and we loved just coming and then going.  I was in a good place with the Lord and Churchteams was growing, but we were just under-engaged in church life for that season.  Every church has people like this.  In fact, the majority of people that come on Sundays probably fit this category.  So, how should a pastor or staff person engage this part of their congregation?  There are 4 different reasons people are under-engaged.  Each of them require a different approach.
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How to care for over-engaged volunteers

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/16/16 7:37 AM

We are part of the Plano campus of Watermark Church here in Dallas.  It was a Saturday morning in July, I was at our church for the second week of training on speaking.  I had spent the week putting together a 10 minute talk using the structure we had been given.  I had also had 3 lunch meetings that week, a morning ministry team meeting, an early morning accountability group and an evening spent with a couple's group.  I was tired that morning and wanted to be home to get stuff done around the house.  As I was talking with a good friend, I found myself complaining about all the time I had invested in ministry that week.  Now, that's not really like me.  I love ministry and am grateful for the opportunities to invest in the lives of people.  But, something was happening in me that morning that happens all the time in the lives of your most engaged leaders.  I was feeling over-engaged.

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Time For A Change

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/9/16 9:02 AM

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven."  

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Churchteams CMS - An Affordable Option in Church Management

Posted by Alan Danielson on 10/13/15 6:05 AM

At Churchteams we whole heartedly believe that our church management software (ChMS or CMS) is the greatest value for churches.  The greatest value?  That seems like a pretty big claim.  Well to back it up, here are 12 features in Churchteams that lend credibility to this claim.

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