Selecting software for churches can be daunting. There are a lot of choices out there, and it can be hard to know what you need. Here are a few questions to help you get started as you evaluate your options.
You may be wondering why you need church software at all — there are plenty of tools you can pick up piecemeal to meet individual needs. But the power of a good church software system goes much deeper than task management. It empowers the people of your church — both paid and volunteer — to do the work of ministry. Your church management software can offer you insight into the people you lead and the processes you follow, ultimately improving your ministry effectiveness.
It should be so much more than just a database.
An effective church management system should help you not only complete tasks, but also engage newcomers, equip your emerging leaders, develop a thriving small group ministry, and more. These aren’t uniquely large church needs! If you’re small, you need a system that can grow with you as your church grows. In fact, using such tools effectively can even help you grow — by deepening relationships with church members and providing systems to
Who in your church would be using the system? Just a few administrators, or all your leaders? Limiting access to only a few people frequently reduces a church management tool to little more than an expensive and inefficient address book. But when you put your software in the hands of all the leaders you already have serving at your church, you not only distribute the workload of ministry, you also gain a far deeper understanding of the connectedness, involvement, and movement of people in and through your church.
What goals do you have for your ministry? How is the software going to help you accomplish those goals? How will your this tools help you improve your ministry? If a tool only helps you complete tasks, never helping you become more effective, it won’t help your ministry reach its fullest potential. A church management software that doesn’t mesh with your church’s values is only going to be a liability, not an asset. You want one that values what you value.
It’s easy to get distracted by cool features and marketing buzz, but it’s important not to make a decision based on bells and whistles you don’t actually need. Take the time to evaluate your church’s unique systems and processes, and look for a technology that will support them. You want a tool that aligns well with the needs of your ministry, that is flexible or customizable, that will grow with you. Be sure to take a deep look at the technology you’re evaluating and make sure that it can suit your ministry’s needs, not the other way around.
We use the language of partnership instead of customer and vendor. For us, this is not just cute language — it’s what we truly believe. We’ll help you select the right software for your ministry goals, and we offer world-class coaching to help ensure that not only is your software set up correctly, but your processes are working together so your ministry can reach its full potential. In addition to coaching, we offer peer-based learning called Tribes. A tribe is a group of peers serving in similar ministry capacities at similar-sized churches, journeying together. These relationships help tribe members to discover new and better ways to thrive in their role.
Our goal is to help you be effective in your role so your ministry can flourish. We do that through software, services, and resources.
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