New Features Alert! 

Using Forms to Engage Online Visitors

(November 12th 2020)

“Expect the unexpected” might be an appropriate tagline for 2020. It feels like there’s some new change that affects our lives almost daily. In the midst of all the uncertainty and the approaching Christmas season, many people are “tuning in” to church, looking for stability and hope. This means that churches need to treat their online ministry with the same care and attention to detail as their in-person ministry

As your church looks to engage visitors online, here’s 3 simple ways forms—found in your church management software—can provide connection opportunities.

1. Create an Online Connect Card.

Connect cards have traditionally been one of the best methods of collecting pertinent information from new visitors that are attending your church. Typically these allow visitors to share personal and contact information with your church that’s perfect for plugging into your church management software database. With the transition to online and hybrid ministry, forms are your best asset to create an online connect card that can be linked from the footer of your site, as well as your live streaming page, with some kind of visual cue to help it stand out and encourage your online visitors to fill it out. Our friends at Church @ the Springs have a great example of a Connect Card page for their visitors.

Bonus: When someone fills out your online connect card, use a simple workflow to immediately follow up via text.

2. Take Online Prayer Requests.

COVID-19 isn’t the only concern in our congregations as the CDC has released mental health survey results that reveal concerns, such as stress, depression, suicidal tendencies, and substance use have all seen sharp increases since COVID-19 began. Praying, for ourselves and others, is such an important aspect of community within the church. Setting up an online prayer request form is a great way to allow others to share their prayer requests and have your pastoral team or prayer team lift them up in prayer. Destiny Church in Las Vegas, NV has created a Prayer Request page with a word of encouragement and a direct link to a prayer request form for visitors to fill out.

3. Offer Service to Those in Need.

Even while people are stuck at home, churches can still rally Christians in their community to help others in need. As COVID-19 cases rise, how can your church respond, offering their own time & gifts to those who might need it? Might there be people willing to donate to a benevolence fund to help families or individuals in need? Could someone help with child-care if schools are closed? Neighborhood Church in Cypress, CA has set up a COVID-19 Resources page for their online visitors to understand what guidelines the church is following for their in-person meetings during this time, as well as direct links to resources for giving or receiving help.

4. Bonus: Connect More Easily on the Go with Ministry One.

Each of the above forms can easily be added to MinistryOne, our mobile app. Moreover, MinistryOne makes it easy to create and use forms as simple “pages” in your church mobile app to promote online resources, your social media, or even upcoming sermons. Don’t waste time reinventing the wheel! Creatively use MinistryOne to engage members and visitors alike – linking to key information about your ministry.

Get started today by using your forms found in your church management software and linking or embedding them onto your church website. You can find helpful documentation on forms at our help center.

New Features Alert! 

Keep It Simple With Smarter Reports and Automatic Reminders

(July 1st 2020)

While we know you’ve been busy during a particularly hectic season, your church management software has gotten some major new features added this past month to save you more time and energy. Putting together reports and keeping your team connected shouldn’t be a hassle and these new features are here to make important tasks faster and easier. Here’s the rundown on the latest new features that you can start using today!

All-New Contribution Entry Screen

This new update makes inputting and monitoring contributions faster and easier for you and your team. This update allows for split checks and quicker workflow, including options for pre-filling with the last contribution amount/fund or pre-selecting specific funds. To ease the transition for entry teams, access to the old Giving Input page will still be available until July 14th.

Schedule Reminders

Keep your team on the same page with easy automated reminders. Connect with your team automatically via text or email reminders about their scheduled serving time. You can customize the message and add details or links for specific Schedule dates by clicking the bell icon on your church management software Schedules page.

Relative Dates for Saved Reports

Saved reports are even better with this new date filter option. Save a report for “Fiscal YTD” or “Last 7 Weeks” – whatever range you need – and then run the report any time with just a click. Keeping up with trends has never been easier!

Last Activity Date

Keeping track of all your people is a big task. Stay engaged with your members, visitors, and volunteers so they don’t fall through the cracks! You can now find and sort contacts in your church database by last activity date to see their activity related to attendance, interactions and contributions within your ChMS.

New Features Alert!

(April 29th 2020)

Keep a handle on your church database during this busy season with these helpful new features that have just been added to your church management software! Our team has been working hard to provide new ways to keep track of your people and stay connected and engaged. These new features will help you find and monitor the data that’s most important for all your contacts.

Interactions Text Filter

Looking for all of the counselling sessions where you dealt with divorce? Or all of the follow-up items that include “Graduated” in the instructions or summary? Past interactions around specific topics are easy to find using this new filter.

Search by “Last Contributed” Date

Finding less-active records just got easier. Get a quick list of members who have not given for the last 2 months. Or, combine Last Contributed Date and Last Attended Date to see those who have been completely disengaged.

Next Steps

You can get started with these new features today and use them to help you track and report your engagement more effectively. As always, one of the best ways to keep up with our feature releases is to attend our Release Details Webinar, which happens the second Tuesday of every month.

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