One of the best features of  web-based church management systems are how they integrate with the communication tools you’re already using. As a church member, I can login to my church’s CCB – called MyValleySprings for my church – and select my communication preferences for each group I belong to. I can select email, mail, texting, phone, etc. which makes it really nice and easy to communicate with church leaders and get calendar notifications and more.

This week, CCB has also added social network functionality to church member profiles. Using the “social” tab, users can input the links to many popular social networks including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Vimeo, YouTube, and many more. When you enter in your URLs for these different sites, it shows the little icons above your profile so that other members can connect with you on these social networks.

Here are CCB’s tips on setting this feature up if your church is a CCB user:

Setting up your profile with social links is easy. Log into CCB, go to your profile page, click the “Edit profile” link in the right sidebar, and choose the “Social” tab. Then enter your unique identifier for a social networking site in the field beside that social network’s icon and name.

Your unique identifier for a particular site is that part of the URL (web address) for your page in the social networking site that

corresponds to the bold text in the example URL below the site name. In most cases, the unique identifier is your username. Be aware, however, that your username is not necessarily the

information you enter when logging into the social networking site. For example, your Facebook username is not the same as the email address you use to log into Facebook.

 

If you are a CCB user, we’d love to hear how you like this new feature! If you’re new to CCB, let us know what ChMS your church uses and what features you like and/or dislike about that program. Thanks and have a great weekend!

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Lauren Hunter is a freelance writer, church technology consultant (http://laurenhunter.net) and founder of the blog ChurchTechToday (http://ChurchTechToday.com), Technology for Today’s Church.