8 key questions: How to choose the right management system for your church

Whether you’re hoping to convert from one church management software system to another — or even trying church software for the first time — you probably know by now that it takes a lot of planning and consideration before you and your church finally decide.

To help you along, here’s a handful of important questions to help your church find the best fit for its needs.

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Connecting congregants to inspiration with assistive listening

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Congregants attend their houses of worship for many different reasons. Some find inspiration from the messages and music they hear, and others enjoy connecting with the community. Whatever the reason, if they can’t hear the messages that inspire them — or if they lose the feeling of connection they get with fellow congregants because they can’t participate in conversations — they might stop attending.

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How messaging tech can drive fundraising efforts

Did you know that everyone with a mobile phone — even if it’s not a smart phone — has access to SMS (text) messaging? And, virtually everyone knows how to use it.

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ChMS Forum: Volunteering for the 21st Century

No one wants to volunteer in your church.

Scary thought, isn’t it?

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Media duplication: how to determine your church’s equipment needs

Thousands of churches and religious organizations use CDs and DVDs as the primary means to distribute important content. It’s for good reason, too: CDs and DVDs are inexpensive to produce and user-friendly for even the least tech-savvy viewers and listeners — whether they’re at home, in the car or at the office.

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Step up your streaming game

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From newbie to pro, here’s some equipment advice from the experts

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The St. Andrew’s mission for new video displays

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When St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN decided to upgrade its audiovisual system, it included extensive research into new video screens.

Having rented projectors for special services in the past — and because the sanctuary has an abundance of natural ambient light — church leaders knew projectors weren’t the best fit.

“We didn’t really want to take this beautiful space and darken it order to see something,” explains Dale Bakken, Director of Buildings and Grounds.

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Sound (system) decisions: why you need a consultant

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If you were ill, you’d seek a qualified doctor to diagnose and treat what ails you. After all, trying to diagnose and treat yourself — without medical expertise — is likely to lead to a bad outcome.

When you have problems with the sound in your church, the same reasoning applies.

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How to plan church events using mobile messaging

Planning and organizing an event for a large number of congregants introduces many variables. Dates, times and locations are all subject to change, often on short notice.

For churches reliant on volunteers (and with limited financial resources), the need to quickly communicate schedule changes is even greater.

Enter: mobile messaging.

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ChMS Forum: how to engage volunteers with technology

Shelby Systems has provided technology for the church and non-profit community for more than 35 years. In response to our customers’ growing needs and desires to effectively engage and mobilize church members as volunteers, we created the Volunteer Tracking product. Our customers were looking for ways to easily communicate serving opportunities to their members, schedule volunteers, and track volunteers’ service hours while helping members feel they are a vital part of the church and valuable to the community of believers.

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