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.
In the previous blog, we talked about what the successful use of church software looks like. But, once you've defined success, how do you measure it?
This was my 18th new year as the co-founder of a company working on new software. As I was contemplating 2016 and anticipating 2017 this week, I thought about the lifecycle of software and, much like life, how it goes through several stages.
Of all the usage / design ideas we've had through the years, the idea of using a push out email to get a response from volunteers may be the most significant. Along with the Groupfinder feature, the email reminders to leaders established Churchteams as the innovator and leader in small group software for churches in the first eight years of this century.
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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.
The only thing worse than a child being hurt or abused by an older child or adult is that hurt or abuse happening in Church. This concern keeps those of us bent on child safety awake at night. There is no greater concern for safety in church ministry than this. The liability and legal issue is important, but even more important is the authentic concern pastors have for their families, parents have for their kids and kids have for their friends. Here are three common challenges to child safety every church faces.
Agility is the ability to improve speed and grace. It is the way an athlete moves on the field that gives him or her a competitive advantage. It is the way a lawyer exudes confidence with clarity and timing before the judge and jury. It is the way a software company innovates quickly, efficiently and beautifully to serve their clients. Agility is also the way some churches are able to constantly improve how they attract, equip and release people.
Last week I visited with the Executive Pastor and IT director of a church about an hour from me. Over a decade ago they built a really useful software application to manage their church. It is especially good at automating follow-up of guests. We talked back then about Churchteams and I was impressed with what they built. Obviously, they didn't need us.
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.
To say that Pokemon Go is a phenomenon is and understatement. I visited the App Institute's Pokemon Go real-time-status page and in the 3 minutes I watched, the Pokemon Go App made over $50,000 in revenue! Stretch those numbers out over a 24-hour period and you get $24 million!!! After it's release, it only took Pokemon Go 13 hours to become the top highest-grossing app in the United States. Nintendo's market value increased $9 billion in the first 5 days. All of this is amazing considering the fact that Nintendo invested $30 million to develop the app.
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