Hi. My name is Reid Hopkins, and I am the Executive Pastor at The Brook in Madison, Alabama.
The highlight of the youth ministry year is often that week everyone gets on a bus to go sleep in a cabin, play lots of games, and learn more about what it means to follow Jesus as a teenager. Lives are changed forever at youth camp.
We use Google Apps including email, calendar, drive, sheets, and docs; and I recommend Google every time people ask me about a calendar. So, I want to show you how to use Google for your church calendar. Thousands of businesses of every size use them and so do thousands of churches.
Text-TO-Church TM is a new User Interface concept. It combines texting ideas that have been the domain of specialty platforms, with the functionality of a full church management system. For over a decade people have been able to send a text to donate to an online giving platform. In recent years applications were developed to text to register for something like an event or a content drip. With Text-TO-Church, all the functionality of your church database is now just a text away. Here's the list of current features that fit under the Text-TO-Church concept. Click the link for a more complete explanation of each one. The Text-To-Church Innovation post was written to help you actually experience everything except Text-to-ME which wasn't done at that time.
When Mark and I started, the motivation was to build software to help churches make disciples and build teams. For us, people are intrinsically the focus of this. Resources like space and money, though important, have not been the problems that we've built software to solve. There are other software products focused on just these issues. I was explaining to our marketing partner a couple of months ago that our focus is on everything related to "People Data." In my webinars I often talk about the 5 Software sets that from my perspective every church needs, and Churchteams is just one of them. The one place where all your people data can live. Here they are:
When you want to improve church communication, you have to take into consideration the ways in which people communicate today. While printing out a weekly church bulletin and having a guestbook to sign may reach your older parishioners, younger generations are more interested in social media, emails and text messaging. As you work towards increasing new parishioner retention, you have to start reaching out to newcomers through technological means. When you want to get people who visit your church interested in what you have to offer, text messaging is an essential way to make this happen.
Tags: Ministry & Technology
Last week I wrote about the reasons personal support matters to us. I mentioned that it helps us with research and allows us to live out the Golden Rule to "do unto others as you would want them to do to you". This week's blog details how we've lived these principles out the past few months. Bullet points by area of tweaks and upgrades the past several months. Almost all because of client needs and ideas.