Creative Strategic Planning With Dave Workman

Posted by Dave Workman on 9/22/20 10:00 AM

The uncertainty of this year so far has caused all of us to innovate like crazy.  This weekly blog chronicles much of our journey as a software company. 

Hopefully this season will soon be over.  To help capture what you've learned, I wanted to share with you a conversation with Dave Workman about an affordable, fun, and creative way for a team to do strategic planning. 

Dave was part of Vineyard Cincinnati, an innovative mega-church, from its inception and then as Sr. Pastor for 13 years.  Currently he is president of Elemental Churches, a leadership development group devoted to helping churches become healthier and more effective. He is the author of Elemental Leaders and The Outward-focused Life.  

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5 Ways Software Can Help Your Church Grow

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 3/7/19 1:34 PM

A church executes its vision by developing a strategy. But, whether or not that strategy succeeds is determined by how well a church uses its software. 

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Tags: Church Management Software, Misc. Insights, Church Software Review

Tis The Blog Before Christmas

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 12/18/18 10:11 AM

This is my last blog post for the year and may be a little geeky, but I'm going to share it with you anyway. I've always loved this poem and have customized it before for Christmases past. But, this one is for Christmas present. Receive it not just from me, but from our team as well. This is why we do what we do.  

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Measuring Small Groups Compared To Worship

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 12/11/18 7:12 AM

Most churches measure worship attendance.  They also have some sort of metric for small group attendance.  Comparing one to the other demonstrates how effective they are at moving people from being anonymous to being known - from rows to circles. 

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User's Gathering - What delights you about Churchteams?

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/1/18 7:39 AM

We had such a great time gathering last week with staff and friends from around the country.  It was our first time to do something like this and we learned much that I hope to share with you in the next few blogs.  We broke into smaller groups and did work around tables.  One of the first questions people interacted over was, "What delights you about Churchteams." 

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Failure and Success

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 2/13/18 7:01 AM

In my last post I mentioned that our "Better Website" hadn't performed like we had hoped the first month. As I wrap up this series of blog posts, it's important not just to present a plan to your folks, but also to have a process in place to help avoid failure and find success.

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Introduce the Plan

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 2/6/18 7:02 AM

These few blogs on building a better website are really just a synopsis of my thoughts as we've gone through the process. We released our website just over a month ago and are tweaking it along the way. To be honest, it hasn't produced like we had hoped it would. But, it certainly is not a flop either. Reminds of Proverbs 16:9.

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You are the guide

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 2/5/18 9:44 AM

This is #4 in this series about making a better website.  The big idea is that your website needs to tell a story.  If you are not the hero, see #2 in this series, then what is your role as a church?  What is our role as a Church Management System provider?  The answer: We are the guide. 

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You need a better villain

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 1/23/18 10:55 AM

All stories have a bad guy.  The bad guy, of course, is the problem that the hero of the story must confront and be victorious over if the story (our software, church, etc.) is going to be at all interesting. When thinking about our website, we typically assume everyone knows who the bad guy is and start by showing the hero gaining victory over whatever problem they are facing.  That is the goal.  But, what if we add more depth by personifying the bad guy better.

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You are not the hero

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 1/16/18 7:13 AM

Jess.pngThis is week #2 of applying what we learned while building a better website to church websites. Last week, we established that a website tells a story. This week, we start looking at the elements of a good story and how they apply to a website. First, the hero.

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