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Getting the Most From Your ChMS

If you know how to maximize it, your system can fuel more effective outreach, streamline discipleship, inform expansion — and so much more. How can church management system (ChMS) data fuel better, more effective outreach efforts? Andy Jobst: Outreach is a vital initiative for the Church. Registered members of the congregation are the workers in […]

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In the beginning…

 A 3-part series examining the relationship between the Church and technology By Joel Guthrie We’ve all heard that the church is “10 years behind” when it comes to technology — a little nervous to adopt industry best practices and unsure how that might align to stewardship and the vision of the Church. It’s totally fair: […]

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Efficiency en “Mass”

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh ADRIENNE WILLICH & ELIZABETH SHAUGHNEY: How the Archdiocese of Washington standardized reporting for 139 parishes, 63 schools & 4,500 staff In the end, the transition proved to be surprisingly seamless. For any church, having a complete, standardized reporting solution in place is crucial — often in the form of a church management […]

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Joel Guthrie: Helping church leaders harness tech trends to drive real-world engagement, growth

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Joel Guthrie grew up attending church. In fact, his family helped start one in Colorado Springs. Since then, he has been on staff as a worship leader and youth leader at a church in Bellevue, Wash., and is currently one of the worship leaders and 10th-grade-guys leaders at his church in Austin, […]

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Staying Connected Beyond Sunday

Tried-and-true strategies — plus, how technology can come alongside your best efforts With regards to technology, what are the most crucial elements in a “recipe” that best positions a church to keep connected to its members all week long? Chris Kehayias: The point of staying connected, and to “do church” in the first place, is […]

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What you should know about church insurance

  For many people, churches are much more than just buildings. They are sacred spaces that carry great meaning to all who gather there for prayer, community, connection and spirituality. It is for these reasons that churches must take steps to provide safe spaces for occupants and mitigate risk on their properties. Purchasing insurance is […]

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How data can drive better ministry

Your church management software is a treasure trove of actionable information … but only if you know how to mobilize it. What are the most important, yet often overlooked, ChMS data points? Gordon Proud: First, member management — who’s attending your church, how often and what classes or ministries they’re involved in. In addition, it’s […]

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Top 15 Articles of 2018

By Skylar Griego As we adjust to writing “2019” in our planners, now is a good time to reflect on 2018 and see the big picture. At Church Executive, that means taking a look at which articles were most important to our readers. When we looked at the 15 most-read articles, the editors noticed there […]

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What cloud computing can do for your church’s financial reporting

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  Like any other organization, it is necessary for a church to compile financial reports on a regular basis. Many churches use Microsoft Excel, which requires constant manual data input from a user on a designated device. The problem with this system is that configuring the information for specific reports requires a lot of work […]

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Get smart about expansion: ChMS data can help you make an informed new-campus decision

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Do most church leaders use their ChMS to its maximum advantage when determining where to open a new campus? Matt McMaster: Based on my background, I’d say no — because many don’t know how. I’ve worked with more than 1,000 churches, spending about three or four months with each one on their project. We dig […]

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