Check-In Solutions for Children’s Ministry

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Any Church, no matter the size, should have some sort of check-in system for their children’s ministry.

My wife and I have been involved in children’s ministry at a few different Churches. One had 9,000 in attendance, the others, a few hundred. The importance of a check-in system was equal for all the Churches.

It may seem silly in a small Church for having a check-in system, when you know 95% of the kids you may see week in and week out. Here are a few things that you should consider:

  • Stranger Danger
    Our Churches need to be warm and welcoming, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be careful. Small Churches are more likely to be targeted than Mega Churches. Why? They’re less likely to have security measures, including child check-in.
  • Divorce
    It happens. A couple in your Church, or a visitor, maybe in the middle of a custody battle. When Mom or Dad come and pick up the kid, you may be handing the child off into the wrong hands. Also, a huge number of kids who go missing, are taken by someone they know. Stranger danger is real, but it’s not your number one threat.
  • Care
    By setting-up a strong check-in solution, your children’s ministry says, “We care about kids.”

Every week, for the next several weeks, we will be looking at different Church check-in solutions for children’s ministry.

Dave Sandell contacted me, yesterday, asking about a number of solutions.

These are some of the check-in solutions we will be reviewing in the coming weeks, but if there are some others that you are currently using or have heard about, be sure to share it with us, and we’ll be sure to take a look!

[HT: Dave Sandell | Image via jmayer1129]

Eric Dye

I am an entrepreneur and human rights advocate. I spend most of my time as writer and editor for ChurchMag and Finding Justice, but you can also find me working on Live Theme and for the International Human Rights Group. All while enjoying my family and sipping espresso in Italy.

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  1. says

    we have our check-in system rolling out in mid/late august for Fresh Vine. Would love to get your thoughts and feedback on it.

  2. says

    We’re right in the middle of looking for a new alternative for our check in process, so this is perfect timing. I’m anxious to read what’s ahead, as well as any comments and recommendations from other readers…

    We used a system called “Confident” for a while, which used fingerprint scanners for check in. It was OK overall, but we’d really like an option that is web-based, allows self check in…and isn’t ridiculously expensive…

  3. says

    Check out Parent Pager (parentpager.com) by Acink, Inc. Our Children’s Pastor is friends with the developers and they are great to work with. The technology is good and they’re more than happy to help customize the solution for you (example, they build a syncing app to sync the Parent Pager database with CCB). Add in the fact that it’s so secure (picture verification, biometric ID, etc) and it’s definitely a great solution.

  4. says

    We use ACS for some things around our church but our Children’s Ministry doesn’t yet have ACS Checkpoint. I’m curious about this series.

  5. Mike Loomis says

    You might also include Church Community Builder – implemented their system and really liked it!

  6. Bonnie barber says

    We use Church Community Builder and their checkin solution. We love it and use both a manned station and a self checkin station. We love how it merges your groups, events, attendance, security, as well as visitor follow-up — no separate silos of information — pulling from / to the check in experience.

  7. says

    I’m searching for an affordable solution that uses iOS devices instead of clunky & expensive kiosks. Really considering Event Espresso for a WordPress solution.

  8. says

    We use Church Community Builder for all of our check in needs. We have a manned station at our KidZone entrance for our children checking in and we also utilize two iPads to do mobile volunteer check-in for everyone that serves at our Weekend Celebrations. We love how the CCB check-in system syncs with our database for attendance reporting. Makes it SO much easier!

  9. Julie Eastman says

    We also use CCB and echo all the positive comments stated before. It serves as a reliable check in system. We have both manned and unmanned kiosks, it is user friendly for volunteers and families. It is serves as an all in one system, merging all information which makes for easy communication and follow up. We have also created forms for event sign ups and surveys with this system.

  10. Carla Wiederhold says

    Where might I find the results of the evaluations of check-in solutions. We are hoping to implement a solution in the near future. We use Shelby for our Church Management, my IT team wants us to implement their check in system. However, I am impressed with KidCheck (especially that it is web-based). I know your evaluations would help me in my process. THANKS!

  11. says

    I know this post is from a few years ago, but I wanted to follow up with a new children’s sign in program that I have recently developed for my church and am now offering it to other churches. It is called Simple Sign In and was designed to be easy to implement and use as well as be affordable for churches of all sizes. It’s 100% web based and starts at just $15 a month! Check it out at http://www.simplesigninonline.com!

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