Most pastors know that church management software can help churches with connections, online giving, and discipleship. We’ve even seen how it can make a tangible difference in a community. However, there are a few ways technology can make an indirect difference in your church.
Today, I want to take some time to share the less discussed but equally important benefits of an effective church management software.
- Fix broken ministry processes.
Do you remember what it was like to type before spell check? Oftentimes, misspelled and misused words went unnoticed until it was too late. That same principle applies to the way we use technology in our ministries today. Technology gives us the ability to identify where there is a breakdown in our process of making disciples, and then correct it.
When churches take the time to understand the systems and processes that define how they do church, the church is empowered to use technology to maintain, manage, improve, and measure effectiveness in core areas of ministry.
Here are three examples of the broken ministry processes that can be improved with the right technology.
- Remove overlapping solutions.
It’s not uncommon for churches to ‘patch’ their technology together as they grow. However, there comes a point when someone on staff realizes they need information they can’t get. That usually leads to a quick evaluation where someone admits that everyone is spending way too much time duplicating data entry without a way for the data to interact. Removing these overlapping solutions is just one of the five advantages of having a single, shared database of information like a church management software.
- Bring together ministry teams not currently working together.
Ministry, especially local church ministry, is at its core interdependent. We need one another and must work together to create any degree of measurable change or Kingdom impact. However, often our churches are guilty of creating ministry silos within communities of faith. These sub-groups come to believe that their place of service or role in ministry is the primary and predominant vehicle of ministry. For instance, a youth pastor may think his role is totally unrelated to senior adult ministry, when actually there are numerous benefits to working together for each ministry. An effective church management software can help you identify the ministry silos that are preventing your teams from working together.
How easy it is for you to recognize both the obvious and lesser-known benefits of a church management software is directly related to how willing your church is to utilize technology to improve your ministry. It’s not easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is. With the necessary software and proper training, your church can improve every area of ministry with your church management software.
Are you taking advantage of these benefits? What are some other, less obvious benefits you’ve identified from using your church management software?