How do you talk about money in your church community? Do you only mention it when you suddenly realize that your annual operating budget is short for the next fiscal year? Or when a big storm makes the need for a capital campaign too strong to ignore? If you only talk about money in your times of need, you are missing a prime opportunity to share with your members the results of their giving.
It started a month or so ago when I was reading a blog. It’s a family friend who has two children that God made uniquely but wonderfully special. (If you want to be inspired by her faith and journey, check it out at – http://baseballsbutterfliesblessings.blogspot.com/) She recently had her son’s super hero birthday party and mentioned the great… Continue Reading »
There was a time when it was popular to make your homepage some sort of quirky introduction with a “click to enter” button. This is a bad idea for a number of reasons. It dates your site, and it can be an indicator to search engines like Google that you don’t have good content on your website. And if search engines don’t like your website, they won’t share it with people in your area who are looking for a church!
2011 is coming to a close, and we can see 2012 just around the corner. Before long, the television shows and magazines reviewing the top events and people of the year will be out. It seems now that I don’t write out the year on many things, with checks being few and far between and… Continue Reading »
Between July and December of 2010, QR codes usage increased a whopping 1200%, and in June 2011 alone, 14 million people scanned QR codes on their phones. Smart devices such as a smart phone, iPod Touch, and iPad can read QR codes. The device must have scanning (camera) capabilities, internet access, and an app called a QR reader, available through app stores. Most QR reader apps are free for download. With so many people using smart phones, most technology experts predict QR code usage will continue to increase.
Is it just me, or are QR codes, those funky little squares that look a barcode’s blocky big sister, everywhere lately? Look around. I’ve seen QR codes – so named for the “quick response” they can garner – in print ads, in blog posts, on my takeout! Even Macy’s has gotten on board, with its… Continue Reading »
We are all reflecting on the sad news of the passing of Apple founder and visionary Steve Jobs. Having been in the computer industry for the entire duration on Steve Jobs career, I have to reflect some on the impact his work had on the church software market. Back in the early days at ACS… Continue Reading »
Last week to kill time while waiting on an appointment, I opened Facebook on my phone. There was a lot of commotion in the Facebook community – they had changed the interface. Users were up in arms, “how dare they,” “bring it back,” “this is different!” Instead of status updates about children and daily routines,… Continue Reading »
If we want to meet our clients’ software needs, we have to have ongoing relationships and truly be concerned about their visions. We need to understand issues from the client’s point of view—not from ours.
There are several ways R&D connects with users to gather data for changes, enhancements, updates, and features.
“Since we’re a mobile church, we used to have to wait for the pastor to show up with his jump drive,” Chris said. “Same thing with our music – we’d be waiting for the worship person to show up on Sunday mornings, hoping we’d get everything set up on time.”