Assimilation: Start at Check-in

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 10/9/18 8:53 AM

It is no secret that the best way to collect data on Sunday morning is through children's check-in.  The reasons are obvious:

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Tags: Workflow / Assimilation, Best Practices

Assimilation: What to Measure

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 10/2/18 7:10 AM
The first step in setting up a workflow is to map it.  That is to set a goal or define what success looks like.  I use the example of success for a first time guest workflow is for the person or family to show up a second time. Then, the goal of the second time guest workflow is for them to attend a new members class. From there the goal is to help them respond to Christ in whatever way is best for them ultimately getting them involved in community and ministry.
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Tags: Workflow / Assimilation, Best Practices

Connecting: Your Tangled Fishing Line

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 7/31/18 9:12 AM

In the past several weeks I’ve been working with an Executive Admin of a large church to reorganize their data structure for effective assimilation.  You could tell by the different fragments of data that several different approaches to assimilation had been implemented through the years. Usually this happens when different church staff use different fields to track the same information.  Or sometimes there are different perceptions of what the assimilation process actually is.

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Tags: Best Practices, Workflow / Assimilation

Best Practices: How to Track & Use Spiritual Gifts For Team-Building

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 7/24/18 10:04 AM
From the beginning of the Churchteams vision, there was a component I called Giftfinder that I dreamed of building into the software.  We built Groupfinder to help people connect with small groups. And Growthfinder as a spiritual growth assessment designed to help pastors, staff and group leaders measure and track spiritual growth.  Here's a Best Practices Blog post on using Growthfinder. 
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Tags: Volunteers, Best Practices, Discipleship

Link Builder

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 6/26/18 9:50 AM

In my last blog I showed you how to use a single registration to place people into a group related to each response.  It is a new feature called Automated Group Registration.  

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Tags: Best Practices, Registration

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: Best Practices, Membership

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

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

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