It's great to see how the vaccinations and our new habits seem to have turned the tide on Covid-19. But, as you're planning for Easter, 2021; do you wish there was a way to do a better job of managing the numbers of people attending services. Maybe our Covid lessons from last year can help. Here's a slight reworking of the blog post from May, 2020 on how to use Churchteams to set up a worship reservation system.
I remember from my church staff days that it was all hands on deck for Christmas Eve services. I see the staff at my church today all working together to cover volunteer spots for these services just like we did. Because it is such a special time for families, I doubt this stretch for volunteers on Christmas Eve will ever change. But, we can help.
You are likely familiar with form building tools like Wufoo, Formstack, Google Forms, Jotforms and many others. Or maybe even dedicated event registration applications like Eventbrite, Cvent, EventU or others. They are great at what they do.
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.
Helping people connect to groups has been a core feature in Churchteams since the beginning. We started using the term Groupfinder for this feature back in 2001. You customize the search options to fit your church and the questions you would ask to help someone find a group. Then categorize the groups accordingly and people looking for groups can find a match themselves. This removes staff from being the bottleneck for connection, but notifies staff when connections are made to keep them in the loop.
He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction. Malachi 4:6
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.
Easter is this weekend. Once you do your follow-up from this weekend, the final run for the ministry year begins. This is a great season for recognizing volunteers and celebrating milestones like school graduations. But, for many of us, those things are already in motion and we are looking ahead to plans for the summer. In the next few blogs I'd like to help you get started on that planning and how to use church software and Churchteams in particular to help you make it happen. To get started, check out this model of the role of software in ministry.