Today's church management software is expected to be easy for the user to figure out and use. Unfortunately, too many churches are still using systems that don't fit this criteria. In both cases the preferred method of support is video, FAQ, or paying for a support contract. Here are three reasons we are convinced personal support matters and should be a priority rather than a last resort.
Churchteams pricing is done differently than most Church Management Systems. We think it is the most customer-centric which aligns with our #1 value - great service. It is based simply on the number of people in the database. It doesn't matter if a person is an adult or child, active or inactive, or a member or not. Nor does it matter if you use one feature or all of them. However, here are 7 subtleties in this approach you should be aware of.
When first created, software was a product that either came with your computer or you purchased and downloaded. The Internet changed this. The "cloud" is now the host for all your programs and files. Your computer, tablet and phone just need to be able to access these "web-based" applications. In other words your software became a service, not a product. But, we've been slow to grasp the significance of this change.
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:
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.
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.
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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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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