About the author  ⁄ Kim Conley

In addition to supporting churches that use Roll Call church management software from By the Book, Kim enjoys being a parent to two amazing teenagers alongside her husband, David (who happens to also work within shouting distance). She may be spotted in the wild hiking, biking, skiing or snowshoeing.

Increase Church Productivity with Slack

Slack is a great platform for messaging and communicating real time. It is described as a “messaging app for teams.” Better yet, it’s free for up to 10 apps and up to ten thousand searchable messages. If you are looking for ways for your ministry teams to collaborate more efficiently – Slack may be the tool for you. ...

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Web-Based vs. Installed Church Management Software

The age old question that business and churches alike need to answer as they look at new systems is “web-based” vs “installed.” Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each solution as well as some available hybrid solutions. Web-Based Church Management Software There are many advantages of using web-based software. The most obvious is the ability to access the software from any computer or mobile device that has an internet connection. So if you want to use your iPad, no problem. Want to use your Windows 10 machine, no problem. As long as you ...

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Top 6 Children’s Check-In Software Security Options

If your church isn’t yet using church software to check in children at church, it’s a wonderful option to put in place to ensure the safety of children—both to protect them and to protect your church. Nearly all of the church management software systems offer check in, and there are many options to consider. As you move through the process of deciding on a system, you’ll want to consider the speed of check in, self-check in vs. volunteer manned check in. Cost is also a factor. Below are six of the most common children’s check-in security options to quickly secure ...

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Church Software Focus: Running a “For Profit Ministry” in a Nonprofit World

My husband David and I felt called to leave the database consulting world to run By the Book, a church software company, nine years ago.  It has been a wild ride ever since.  We knew from the beginning that this was our “ministry.”  We were in business to serve the church.  As a “for profit” business, this presents some interesting challenges and blessings. One of the biggest challenges we face is the balance between our ministry focus of helping the church and the realities of running a business, paying the bills, making payroll etc.   I think the most important factor ...

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