One of the challenges of church ministry is how little time there is to step back and evaluate. Sunday is, after all, coming soon, that email inbox is filling up, the staff meetings, pastoral visits, and task lists aren’t going anywhere. And all of these things are great—they’re part of the blessing of church work. But it’s hard to find time to evaluate your church’s processes and systems and ask “is this still working for us?”
One of the big questions many churches struggle to find time to address is whether their church management software (ChMS) best fits the needs and values of their community. Consider this article, then, a cheat sheet of sorts, a quick breakdown of how to analyze your current ChMS and determine whether it’s meeting your church’s needs.
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There’s a cliché saying in the church world: “We count people because people count.” Every ChMS system counts people, but does it make people count? Or to put it another way, does your ChMS track numbers, or does it help you see total involvement and paint a picture of people who have pasts, needs, families, and multiple levels of involvement in your church? A great ChMS does more than note tithing and attendance, it tracks an individual’s involvement and engagement throughout every part of your church. It tears down data silos by creating a singular space for every ministry to share details about a member’s life.
Some smaller churches believe that everyone knows everyone within their church, and they don’t need personal features. There might be some truth to that. But when more people begin to attend your church, do you have processes put into place to truly help them engage and feel like they belong? How many people will walk away, because they don’t feel a personal connection? As...
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