New!  Texting, deceased actions, and registration upgrades.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/26/23 2:30 PM
 
Headphones are an amazing invention.  They allow us to tune out the noise and listen to the music we want and often need to hear. 
 
We've learned that putting headphones on to really listen to our users blesses both us and them.  
 
We get to connect with fantastic people and hear how our service is serving them and their church.  We also get to understand what's really going on and discover ways we can do what we do even better. 
 
They discover a software company that really cares and then see a tool that works even better for them as the result.  All four of the changes in this new release blog post came from these kind of conversations. 
 
If you're not a client, these won't mean much to you except that Churchteams listens and adapts.  If you are a client, check them out.
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Tags: New Release

How to measure discipleship.  Take the FREE, NEW look Growthfinder assessment.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/12/23 2:30 PM
Does the vision of your church revolve around making disciples?  If so, you may have a clear definition of what one looks like; but what about a way to measure how well you are getting the job done?
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Tags: New Release, Groups

3 reasons the new, staff access upgrade to the Member App is significant

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/5/23 2:32 PM

Yes!  We've been on an exciting journey the last couple of weeks as we rolled out the new Member App.  Our thanks to so many of you for sharing your time in the briefings (recording), your excitement about the feature,  and your kind words.

In a previous blog I mentioned that there are always tweaks, and often new ideas that come after a release.  This one was no different.  The most significant one empowers staff in a completely new way on their mobile phones.  They can now use the full software through the Member App.  Yes!

By staff, I am referring to anyone that has been given access to the software at the coach level and higher.  These are assigned under Settings > Users.  

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Tags: New Release, Communication

3 ways to use our new Member App to improve church communication

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/22/23 5:00 AM
I am excited to announce that we released our Member App last night.  It has been a long journey of observation, evaluation, and development of an App that fits how churches and people are really using them.  I covered some of those big questions in last week's blog post.
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Tags: New Release, Communication

Answers to 6 important questions about our Member App coming next week

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 8/15/23 2:00 PM

We built and have promoted the use of texting in church for a very long time.  There are things we do with Text-to-Church that are amazing.

But, for many months now we've been working on a "not so" top secret project that is ready to launch next week,  our brand new - MEMBER APP.  It is designed to give your church members and regular attenders easy, contemporary access to everything they need. 

We plan to release it next Monday night, then Tuesday morning send you an email introducing the app with a list of specific features and an introductory video that will demonstrate the User Experience.  We will also release Knowledge Base articles for customizing what groups, events, and resources are included in the app.  In addition, we are going to offer a couple of  Zoom webinars with our team to overview and discuss it live.

Register for Member App Briefing (8/24 or 8/30)

In preparation for that, here are answers to 6 questions behind our vision for this latest, very exciting upgrade.

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Tags: Church Management Software, New Release

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

New!  Feature upgrades that make your work a little easier

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/18/23 2:30 PM

Feature upgrades / new releases often come from users' input and end up making their work a little easier.  Here's what Mary shared with us recently.  (Stock photo, not really Mary.)

"Adobe wouldn't let me save my latest email newsletter because it was too big to save the way I always used to do it (8 steps 😝).  So, I decided to try your “create a link” feature in Email Templates.

It worked beautifully! And in the future will save me SO MUCH TIME! Thank you for providing this tool!  You guys are so wonderful at providing what we users need to do our work for God’s Kingdom."

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Tags: New Release

The top 10 highlights of 2022. Is church communication software the future?

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 12/13/22 2:45 PM

This is the time of the year most of us like to look back and  review what the Lord has done in our lives and work.  I know this exercise helps me put things in perspective and realize again that everything we do comes from Him.  I'd like to invite you to join me in a time of gratitude and praise for what He has done in 2022 at Churchteams.

Here's a top ten highlight list of new features pretty much in order of their release.  Keep reading for my 30,000 foot view of where we're headed and how this year prepared us for 2023 and beyond. 

  1. Text-to-Chat - Two way texting.
  2. Ten digit mass texting, scheduling, history
  3. Pledge campaign management and self-registration
  4. Pre-print name tags and security labels
  5. Automate deceased actions
  6. Guardrails for data - registrations, merges, deleting an attribute, changes to pledges
  7. Content Pages - Links, Emojis, Tags
  8. Landing pages
  9. Reports - performance, tags, saved areas
  10. Text-to-Chat notifications
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Tags: Church Management Software, New Release

New!  🙋🏼‍♂️Chat notifications and seven other changes you might have seen

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 12/6/22 2:23 PM
We like to ask new clients what convinced them to move from their previous church management system to Churchteams.  There are several distinctives, but always at the top is Text-to-Church.  
 
For a number of months we recognized that there was one thing missing.  It wasn't really a deal-breaker, just a really helpful potential add - notifications of new text chats.  It's exciting to announce that this feature is the headline for this newest version of release notes.
 
Here is an outline of the topic areas and specific upgrades.  Read them all, or click on one to skip down to learn more.
  1. Text: Chat Notifications
  2. Text: Volunteer (ME) page minor changes
  3. Volunteers:  Leader opt-out of accept / decline notifications
  4. Volunteers:  Reminder text messages link directly to schedule
  5. Volunteers:  Texts to scheduled team members who've not responded now link to schedule
  6. Giving: Address for online giving
  7. Giving: ACH refunds
  8. Giving:  Default contributions set to start of previous year
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Tags: New Release

New!  5 problems with church software reports and how we solve them.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 10/18/22 2:00 PM

We have been building software for churches for over twenty years and have regularly heard from clients about how cumbersome reports are across the industry. 

Some systems are so complex that creating a new report takes a degree in computer science. Others provide so many options that you're not sure which report is for what purpose.  Still others allow everyone to create reports and over time you're not sure who created what and which ones are still useful.

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Tags: New Release, Reports

New! Landing Pages, how to use them to improve ministry communication. 📈

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/20/22 11:00 AM

All of us realize that email marketing and website hosting are two different things. However, as we talked about last week's release of email links for text and social with our development team; we recognized that hosting email content was just a half step from being able to provide hosting for landing pages.  

It was so close in fact that we decided to build a Landing Page feature and released it with Email Links last week.  You can find it on Content Pages option under the Communicate button.  

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Tags: New Release, Communication

New! 📨 Improve email engagement using links for text and social

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 9/12/22 10:00 AM
Not everyone opens emails, so making them accessible by using text and social media will significantly help you get your messages in front of more people.  Last night we released a new feature that gives you the ability to create links that you can share anywhere.   
 
In addition to this useful upgrade, here are a few other email system improvements that we added to this release.  All of these are customer suggestions described in detail below.  We will also walk through these releases in the Communication briefing next Tuesday (9/20) at 2 Eastern / 1 Central / 12 Mountain / 11 Pacific.
 
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Tags: New Release, Communication

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