Why do so many of us set New Year’s resolutions, only to fail or forget about them two months later? It’s not a lack of desire. It’s not a lack of ability. Most times, the reason people don’t achieve their New Year’s resolutions is because they don’t become a part of an intentional plan, process or system.
The same can be said for our ministry resolutions. We want to improve in certain areas. We want to support our volunteer leaders better. We want to get the most out of our church management software. But we rarely take the time to create processes and systems to support those goals.
If you’re ready to start using your church management software as something more than a glorified Rolodex, here are three resolutions you should make:
- Create a clear vision for your church management software and communicate a commitment to it. Leadership is essential when implementing technology. Help staff members and volunteer leaders understand why it’s an important ministry tool before you explain what it is or how to use it. Accountability is key. If you want to maximize your church management software for ministry, make a resolution to lead by example and create a system for communicating its importance.
- Eliminate data silos in order to close the gaps people fall through. When a touchpoint occurs in one ministry and is missed by another, the chances of someone feeling valued or getting connected drop exponentially. If you want make sure no one falls through the cracks, resolve to eliminate data silos by using your church management software to seamlessly integrate the key aspects of stewarding people.
- Include staff, lay leadership, and congregants in your church management strategy in order to maximize the potential. Having buy-in from your entire team is one of the easiest ways for you to achieve success with your church management strategy. When everyone is on board, each person feels a personal responsibility to make the most of the technology you have at your disposal. Your church management software should be supporting all three groups. If you’re not seeing the results you’d hoped for from your church management software, this could be the one resolution you need to make.
Making resolutions for your church management software may seem a little odd. However, when you take the time to implement these resolutions, you’ll find that they help you achieve the resolutions you’ve set for your ministry as well.
How is your church maximizing your church management software to improve overall ministry success? What are some things you’re hoping to do better next year?