How we help churches with recurring payments for programs and events

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 7/16/24 11:15 AM

Managing enrollment, especially payments, for events like preschools, camps, or Christian School tuitions is a time-consuming challenge for many churches.  These programs require registrations, forms, initial payment, accounting, payment reminders, attendance, email or text communication, and syncing at least some of the information in the church database. 

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Tags: Registration

5 best practices for using and analyzing registration form responses

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/3/24 2:28 PM

There are two parts to every event registration or survey form software.  The first part is the design of the form itself.  In Churchteams this includes:  member attributes, registration fields, member notes, payment, fund designation, embed code, hyperlink, text keyword, header, completion response, confirmation email, multiple registrants, and redirect links.  I have written a lot about the abilities and upgrades of these features in previous blogs.

However, it occurred to me recently that I have never written a blog dedicated to the second part of registrations and forms software which is the spreadsheet that houses the results.  In Google Forms this is the responses page.  That data can also be exported into Google Sheets or Excel.  

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Tags: Registration

5 categories of registration features to help churches connect families to events

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 4/16/24 1:45 PM

Just this morning I was talking with a friend who is incredibly busy with end of the school year activities for his kids.  It's a great time of the year to celebrate, but it's also a season for church staff and families to start planning for summer activities. 

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Tags: Registration

New! This upgrade makes tuition and other recurring registration payments easy.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 7/25/23 9:29 AM
Churches often struggle to provide ways for youth camp, preschool, mission trips, and other event participants to pay over time.  They end up using a spreadsheet or notebook to track payments.  But, the most time intensive part is having to contact people who forget to pay their balance.  
At first glance, it seems like there ought to be a way to use recurring donations to help with this.  But registrations require specific payment amounts, donations do not.  So, this isn't a good work around.
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Tags: Registration

Marketing technology and the stages of evangelism.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/18/21 11:00 AM
When you give a company your email address, they use it to cultivate your interest in their product or service over time.  If you like it, you read a subject line or even open an email once in a while.  If you don't, you ignore it or unsubscribe.  And, guess what, it works. 
What if you did the same thing to reach people in your community?  What might that process look like and what tools do you need to make it happen?  
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Tags: Registration, Automation, Communication

Ready for Easter.  Capacity control through reservations.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 3/2/21 3:00 PM

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.

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Tags: Registration

How to recruit volunteers for Christmas Eve services.

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 12/1/20 10:15 AM

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.

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Tags: Volunteers, Registration

New for Re-opening! Party of... Reservations

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 5/19/20 11:00 AM
After months of social-distancing and live-streaming-only worship, it is exciting to hear the conversations about safely re-opening.  Two weeks ago we started getting calls about using our registration system for reservations to help manage re-opening at 25% to start.
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Tags: New Release, Registration, Communication

Church Event Registration ... Click, Click, Done!

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 11/12/19 8:45 AM

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.

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Tags: Church Management Software, Registration

Best Practice: The Problem of Allocating Online Giving Deposits

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 7/17/18 9:36 AM

(Please forward to your financial admin).

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Tags: Giving, Registration

Link Builder

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 6/26/18 9:50 AM

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.  

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Tags: Registration, Best Practices

Automated Group Registration (Based on Form Responses) - New Release!

Posted by Boyd Pelley on 6/19/18 6:30 AM
Problem:  When someone registers for something, the system simply puts them into that group (event, class, etc.).  In many cases responses people choose require manually transferring or copying them to another group for additional follow-up.
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Tags: New Release, Groups, Membership, Registration

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