Why I Hate RFPs, Part 2

As I mentioned in my previous post, RFPs often strip the relationship out of the decision-making process which can skew the observations and conclusions of the church purchasing team.

To be clear...I abhor RFPs so much that I rarely even entertain the idea of responding to them, especially when they come in "blind" (the absence of any previous contact). I know that is a strong opinion and potentially risky. However, in my years of experience, I have seen that many times, they are created and designed to “prove” one vendor to be the best fit and two others to not be a good fit. I’m really not that jaded, but I have sat on committees that created RFPs. I understand how they are written, and it is rarely from an objective point of view.

If you strip relationships out of the evaluation process, how can you be certain that there is an alignment between your vision and values and the vision and values of the organization you could potentially be working with? You can’t. And that’s my point.

Church Community Builder strives to be a solution to your ministry problems. In order for you to have confidence in our ability to do that you must be certain that we see the world through the same lens and that we could make similar decisions given the same set of circumstances. Without relationships and vision alignment, the project will be a disaster...even if all the features, buttons, and functionality match your expectations.

There are plenty of software providers who just want to sell you their software. I believe there is so much more that happens that can’t be quantified or objectively evaluated any more than spiritual formation. You can attend all the discipleship classes you want, check off all the boxes, and still not be any more like Christ than when you started.

My rant is done. This is part two and part last. If you don’t hear anything else, here me on this: Church Community Builder wants more than your money and a signed contract. We want to get in the trenches with you and do ministry together.

When you think about your current ChMS provider, are they a technology provider or a ministry partner?

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Posted by Steve Caton on May 13, 2011