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Using technology to tame the volunteer schedule headache

Perhaps no other part of church is as important or as complicated as managing volunteers.

Visitors coming to the church are greeted by volunteers — those first few impressionable moments are left to volunteers. The same is true for the nursery, our children’s ministries, guardian angels patrolling the parking lot, and especially the lay leaders that lead out bible studies, Sunday school classes and children’s programs.

These critical roles in the church are bounded by a number of important concerns: Who has volunteered? Are they gifted in that way as a volunteer? (Just because you want to be a teacher, doesn’t make you a great teacher.) Have we checked their background — especially in regards to children’s ministry? Are we using them? How often do they serve? Are they burning out? What are their preferences in serving? Do they like to serve with their families? What rotation works best for them?

As a leader of volunteers, your concerns are more aggregated: How are my volunteers performing, and do they enjoy their roles? (Because if they don’t, they won’t volunteer much longer.) Do they have feedback that can make the position better, more efficient and more fulfilling?

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Church Management Software (ChMS) Forum: It’s all about integration

Frankly, many churches have some form of online giving software already in place. So, the point isn’t just about having online giving or donation tools — it’s about maximizing all the benefits online giving can provide.

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Church Executive Roundtable: Church Management Systems & Software (Part 2)

This summer — at the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) annual conference — Church Executive hosted a live roundtable on a timely topic: church management systems and software. Several high-level ChMS executives joined together to share their expertise.

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Geography matters!

How to plan for multi-site expansion using ChMS analytics and data

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A safe place, always

Imperatives — and strategies — for using technology to keep children secure

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Seraphim: The next generation of church management and congregational engagement

When you think about a church management system, what comes to mind?

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Software to the rescue

Three churches find easy-to-use Web-based solutions to their room scheduling, facility management and online ticketing challenges.

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Must-haves for CMS users

According to John Connell, sales and marketing director at Elizabethtown, PA-based Elexio, three CMS characteristics are most critical among today’s churches: simple, scalable and “platform-agnostic.” Simple. “Without question, a CMS should have tools that are easy to navigate and update,” he emphasizes. Although Connell acknowledges that church-based users are more tech-savvy than ever, they’re also […]

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CMS tools under one roof

Since 1998, CMS provider Excellerate has aimed its sights on minimizing the stress and exhaustion that comes with managing and growing a church. To that end, a range of CMS options are available from the company — from member tracking to volunteer scheduling. “When you look at the logistics of managing a church, it can […]

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The CMS wish list

An expert offers practical advice for evaluating and choosing the right management software for your church’s unique needs.

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