Three reasons cultivating values is worth the hard work

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/30/24 2:00 PM

Values-building in an organization is hard work.  I'm not talking about the work of writing something down for a business plan.  Nor the work of an executive team on a retreat wrestling over what is most important.  The result of this kind of work is a set of aspirational values.  These are just seeds.  

I'm talking about the hard work of cultivating, planting, watering, fertilizing, weeding, and protecting these seeds.  There's no shortcut for this work.  It takes time for values to put down roots, sprout, mature, and bear fruit.

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Tags: Best Practices

How to keep your staff aligned and your data clean. Church missions software.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/2/24 1:45 PM

Now that Easter is over, pastors and church staff are turning their attention to planning and preparing for summer events.  In fact, a good friend, an elder at his church, recently asked me about using Churchteams for managing their church's mission trips. 

There are software solutions built specifically to solve this problem for churches.  But, he has been around the software world for decades and knew it would be better to use Churchteams if possible than to purchase another software.  The cost of another software is a factor, but the bigger issues are staff and data alignment.

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Tags: Church Management Software, Best Practices

How church network and mission non-profits use us to manage their ministry (2)

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 3/5/24 1:45 PM

There's a chapter in the book, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement entitled, "The Two Structures of God's Redemptive Mission."  In it Ralph Winter makes the Biblical and historical case for the importance of fraternal church associations.  He refers to the church as the modality structure and these associations as the sodality structures God uses to accomplish His redemptive purposes. 

There's no doubt that what we call network and missional non-profits have been part of God's plan since the book of Acts.  This doesn't take away from the church.  It actually adds to it.  It extends and empowers it.  That's why I love that our software is being used by so many of these organizations.

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How church network and mission non-profits use us to manage their ministry (1)

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 2/27/24 1:45 PM
  Last week I mentioned that our team was working with a church network non-profit who wanted an easy way to gather weekly attendance, salvation decisions, and baptisms from the churches in their network.   I did a little research and discovered that 7% of our clients are non-profits that work with but are not a local church.  We have never marketed to that ministry sector.  Almost all of these found and chose us  through a referral of a pastor or ministry admin who uses Churchteams. 
In our experience these organizations fit into two different categories based on their purpose or calling.  One is primarily to network churches for sharing resources, training, accountability, and so on.  In business terms this would be called a business to business (B2B) organization.  Metrolina Baptist Association  is a B2B organization that uses Churchteams.
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Epic!  These sermon application stats will inspire your use of text and workflows

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 12/12/23 2:45 PM
Seven weeks ago I wrote this blog post about how Stetson Baptist Church used Text-to-Church to get people to sign up to invite friends back to Church.   It was part of pastor Dan Glenn's sermon series on the Power of Routines. 
I promised a follow up when the series was over.  Here is the note I got back from Dan.  I think you'll agree that the results were incredible and I hope their creative use of Churchteams technology will encourage and inspire you.
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Epic!  How Stetson Baptist helped people invite people back to worship

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 10/24/23 2:00 PM

Sometimes we hear about really creative ways churches are using our software for ministry.  I've shared a few before, but I need to do it more. 

In fact, from now on, anytime you see Epic! in the subject line, you'll know it's an interview or a story from a user.

This one is from Stetson Baptist Church in Deland, FL where Dan Glenn is the Sr. Pastor.  Dan wanted to do a series on "The Power of Routine" to help his church establish some essential habits for spiritual growth.

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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

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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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

Five suggestions for Millenial leaders to help older church members adopt technology

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/16/23 2:30 PM

Millenials have been surrounded by technology, computers, the Internet, social media, and mobile devices since birth.  They are digital natives and they are starting to lead churches full of members who are not. 

Left unattended, this difference in attachment to technology could bog down the effectiveness of the vision and strategy of younger leaders.  As a company that builds technology for churches; we think, talk, and pray about issues like this.

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4 ideas that will improve follow up after big events like Easter

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/25/23 2:45 PM

The French writer, poet, and aviation pioneer, Antoine de Saint-Exupery famously said, "A goal without a plan is just a wish."  

Easter was just a couple of weeks ago.  Hopefully, your church saw lots of visitors and twice-a-year attenders. How has your follow-up with these people gone?  Are you working the plan or was your goal for them to return really just a wish?

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Tags: Best Practices, Automation

How does Churchteams software help with worship service planning?

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/11/23 2:15 PM


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Tags: Volunteers, Best Practices

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