The mission of the church is simple: go and make disciples. While simple in concept, the execution of making disciples is far from easy. Often, the Church unknowingly divides people from one another when unification is the goal. The role of church management software (ChMS) should be to help unify the church body by organizing and bringing the church staff together. Having a church management system in place can help your church leadership better steward the people God brings into your ministry as well as steward your finances and volunteers.
When churches aren’t willing to unify around their processes and systems, these five divisions can be hard to overcome:
#1 – Lack of Insight and Clarity
You don’t know which data is truly accurate so therefore you don’t have clarity.
#2 – Lack of Wisdom
Wisdom comes from the Holy Spirit working in concert with your experience and access to information. When the last ingredient is missing, you normally trust your “gut” too often and make uninformed, unwise decisions.
#3 – Lack of Value
People feel valued when you “know” them (what makes them unique). Disconnected data makes it hard to know, really know, your people.
#4 – Lack of Community
How can you expect authentic community and care to happen in the absence of accurate information?
#5 – Lack of Retention
The ultimate effect of all the above is a lack of ability to connect and walk with people in their faith journey. Find the right software to support your staff and leaders to truly care for the people God leads to your church.
Finding a church management system that can support all of your ministries will equip your leaders and empower your volunteers. A unified ministry is an effective ministry.
The good news is that unity in your church is possible. Here are five ways that church software can unify your ministry:
#1 – Attendance
Attendance is an important first step in engagement and discipleship. If you are not prepared for new attenders, they will most likely stop showing up. By watching attendance metrics you are able to plan for seasonal influx, know how many bulletins to have on hand, or when to plan for overflow seating. With a unified system, you can set up a follow-up process to recognize visitors and follow their involvement.
#2 – Giving
With an accurate picture of monthly giving, you can project for next year’s budget. With a unified system, you will see attendance, serving history, and giving in one location. A dip in any of these areas can alert you to potential opportunity to care for a family. Turn a common giving report into an opportunity to relationally care for the people God has entrusted to you.
#3 – Serving
Go beyond understanding your need for additional volunteers, seasonally and regularly. With connected systems and side-by-side total involvement, gain a good picture of the total engagement of individuals. Run reports to find people that are attending, but not serving. Based on their interest and skills, also found in a unified system, personally invite those individuals to serve in an area that they are qualified to serve.
#4 – Saving Time
With data flowing into one system, you spend less time looking for information. Reports are more easily accessed and can be scheduled. With the decentralized model of event-planning, admins are freed up to put out other fires, and ministry leaders are freed up to lead the ministries they were set apart for.
#5 – Discipling More Effectively
While it’s difficult to quantify a person’s walk with the Lord in a database, an all-in-one church management system can help you follow and track an individual’s involvement. Notes in the system add an additional layer and allow you to know and disciple your people more effectively.
In order to reach and grow disciples, your church needs to be the place people can attend, connect, find community, and invite others. Church management software is just one tool available to help further the Kingdom by unifying, not dividing, believers.
Church Community Builder continues to design software and technology around our belief that the church is the key organization to build and grow disciples. In order to reach and grow disciples, churches needs to be the place people can attend, connect, find community, and invite others. Sign-up for a personal follow-up to explore the latest additions and how CCB can support your ministry.