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Ministry Silos and the Church That Never Existed

Keith Hudgins May 29, 2018

Let me tell you about an imaginary church and their journey in the world of information management.  Let’s be clear. This is not your church! Your church would have never encountered this problem.  This is some “made up” church that never existed.  You probably cant even relate to the problems this church has encountered.. Read… Continue Reading »

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The Curious Case of “Peter Walter”

Keith Hudgins May 9, 2018

Everyone loves a little mystery.  Mysteries engage the mind and encourage us to be creative.  Some mysteries, however, are more frustrating than helpful.  Take the case of Peter Walter. It was a normal Monday morning for the church staff as they went about the work that is typical for a Monday: entering the weekly giving, posting attendance for… Continue Reading »

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Community Connections through ChMS

Rachel Ankers March 13, 2018

Since its founding in 1855, First Presbyterian Church of Waco in Waco, Texas, has been focused on being a presence in the community through outreach and community development. While they have a strong outward focus, the congregation has spent 163 years looking for meaningful ways to make connections with each other, too. That’s why they’ve… Continue Reading »

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What your ChMS Data is Telling You

Russ Fortier November 7, 2016

The single most important resource for a church is the information it has regarding its members, guests and operations. Key decisions can be made, vision can be cast, and direction can be decided all from analyzing information in your ChMS.  At a minimum, a good ChMS should be able to tell you nine important things… Continue Reading »

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Make e-Giving Part of Your Summer Budget Plan

Jan Jasmin June 4, 2016

Some of your congregation may be temporarily drawn away from weekly services during the summer, sending your stress levels higher as you consider the effects of the season on your church’s budget. You know what we’re talking about. In July, check offerings are about 40 percent less than their April and December levels as some… Continue Reading »

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Ideas to Help you Successfully Roll out Realm

Mark Thompson May 19, 2016

Church is about what’s familiar: old friends, ancient traditions. It’s why so many of us love getting together. But, when you introduce a new way of managing church—like Realm—into this comfortable environment, gaining traction among the congregation requires you to have a plan. So we’ve come up with ideas to help you roll out Realm… Continue Reading »

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Keeping Track of Your Church Volunteers 4 Steps at a Time

John Gilman May 14, 2016

In normal, every day churches, volunteers are often in and out of our lives when it comes to their service. Understandably, they have other things going on to fill up their schedule. It’s normal. The biggest negative to the ministry is that managing volunteers can be challenging to track. Knowing what volunteers have been trained… Continue Reading »

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Staying in Sync with a Growing Church

John Gilman May 10, 2016

I’ve been blessed to be a part of several growing organizations. Growth excites people, but growth hurts. It stretches people and systems. Leaders have to decrease their direct control and increase their communication. I’ve seen growth stretch church leaders and force them to create scalable systems that work in different campus locations and sizes. Nothing… Continue Reading »

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