Deborah Ike

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Deborah Ike is the Founder of The Church Operations Toolkit, a resource for those who serve behind-the-scenes in their churches. In addition to serving in ministry, Deborah worked for an international consulting firm and a Fortune 500 company as a consultant, project manager, and risk management analyst. Deborah is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP)® through the Project Management Institute.

Church Operations as Ministry

When we think of ministry, we tend to visualize a pastor preaching a sermon or elders praying with someone at the altar. What doesn’t often come to mind are tasks like proper HVAC maintenance, developing procedures for children’s check-in, or paying the utility bills. However, these efforts help make Sunday services possible. It’s time to think of church operations as a ministry.

Transitioning Church Staff to a New ChMS

Church management software can be an incredible tool for supporting ministry efforts. Whether you’re implementing a ChMS for the first time or migrating to a different one, you’ll need to include transitioning church staff to a new ChMS in your to-do list.

6 Ways to Bring Thanksgiving to the Community

In an average year, many churches host a Thanksgiving meal or host some type of outreach. Obviously, 2020 is anything but average thanks to COVID-19. The unique dynamics of a global pandemic require us to think about every potential event a bit differently…including Thanksgiving.

Christmas Event Planning Amid COVID-19

Planning Christmas events and services takes coordination, communication, vision, and attention to detail. In 2020, we’ll add Plan B and Plan C contingencies for COVID-19 and any other surprises this year holds.

Touchpoint ChMS [Review]

TouchPoint launched in 2008 at Bellevue Baptist Church. Unhappy with the system they were using, they decided to build their own using developers on staff. Over time, other church leaders heard about their software and became interested in it. In 2015, they rebranded as TouchPoint and looked for a buyer to take on this business that the church never intended to start in the first place. The church wanted a company to purchase the software that would serve churches well. In 2017, The Pursuant Group bought TouchPoint Software. Since then, TouchPoint’s user base has tripled in size.

Fall Event Planning Amidst COVID-19

Around late summer, most churches start looking towards Fall and what events to host that time of year. Obviously, 2020 is anything but a typical year. Even planning weekly services is influx based on the spread of COVID-19 in your region. How do you prepare for an event 2-3 months out when you don't even know what next week will bring?

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