I love the local church! I've also learned a lot about it during my time on the team at Church Community Builder, as well as in leadership roles at two different churches here in Colorado Springs. Almost every decision I see churches make is based on the idea that it will help reach and impact more people. That's awesome!
It is therefore curious to me that the word people is so rarely used when I'm having a discussion about church management software. Instead I hear words like data management and contact database. Here's the deal: when the primary goal of a church management system is to track contact information and accounting data, the most important things have been completely missed.
A few weeks ago, Executive Pastor Kevin Stone shared a great reminder that the primary goal of your church management software is to create a 'people infrastructure' in your church. Sometimes it’s easy to get so bogged down in the numbers and the charts that we completely forget that each dot on the plot line represents a person with a story.
But that’s the great thing about a church management software. It's really a stewardship tool!
It gives you the 30,000-foot perspective you need to make decisions about the future of your ministry and a ground-level view of where people are in their journey to becoming more like Christ. It ensures your entire church and each individual member are growing in a healthy way. It shows you where you need more volunteers, it gives you insights into who could fill those roles, and it and helps you equip them to do their job well.
The real purpose of a church management software isn’t to manage a church, but to help you steward people (tweet this). Recording information is not the end goal. You’re really not managing church. You’re managing people. It’s about creating a people infrastructure and making sure that you are activating them in the Kingdom through the ministry of the local church.
Your church has always been about people: reaching new people, equipping and multiplying leaders, and helping people grow in their relationships with God. Shouldn’t the technology you use reflect that same purpose?
It’s easy to get caught up in the numbers and data when thinking about your church management software. But it should be about moving people down a path to deeper engagement in your church and their walk with Christ. When we have that perspective, we can start seeing the value that a church management software can provide.
What has been your perspective on church management software? How are you using it to create a 'people infrastructure' in your church?