ChMS Review: Congregation Connect

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Congregation Connect is a ChMS designed by Cloud4Good to run on the Salesforce platform. Salesforce is a worldwide, cloud-based software company known for its seemingly ubiquitous CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software, which boasts a client list of massive, multinational corporations like Coca-Cola, Activision, and even Facebook. Here's a bit more about Salesforce: ... Continue Reading

Is Your Kid Ministry Check-In Current?

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Earlier this month KidCheck announced several new improvements in their secure children's check-in system. It's normal for apps and tech solutions to get updates. Many years ago, updates for Windows—for example—came in Service Packs that were released every few years or so; and even these were not major improvements. Fast forward to today, and both operating systems and everyday apps get major updates and changes. Sometimes it's the design and sometimes it's important functions. Regular updates ... Continue Reading

The Right Tool for the Right Job

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My good friend owns a local home remodeling and repair business. If he gets a power tool for Christmas, it will be used consistently to improve families' homes. If, on the other hand, you give it to me, I will give you a nervous thank you in response and the tool will collect dust in my garage. Having the right tools is only one part of completing a complicated job. In addition to tools, you need to use them correctly. In working with churches, we have found that many have the tools but ... Continue Reading

One Too Many Casseroles

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Frequently when a family member or close loved one passes away, there is support coming from many directions. Flowers being sent with nice cards, text messages received, and phone calls had with other family members. I've often heard, "We don't need anymore food. We have one too many casseroles as it is now." After attending many funerals and delivering many meals, here is what I've found: ... Continue Reading

Developing Transformational Generosity

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There are some things in life that are inevitable, and I don’t mean death and taxes. Like, if you drop a piece of buttered bread, it always lands face-side down, or if you bring a guest to church it’s always the week the sermon is about giving. Okay, okay — so these aren’t true inevitabilities. But the fact that those statements could be made side by side goes to show that talking about giving in church often makes people uncomfortable. ... Continue Reading

Why Growth Might Not Be the Right Goal

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One common measure of a church’s success that almost every pastor points to is whether or not they are growing. It’s understandable. The Bible is really clear that we are to go and make disciples of all nations. So it stands to reason that if our church isn’t growing numerically, we must not be doing a great job in fulfilling the great commission. But too often, by focusing on numerical growth, we miss a key word in the call: disciples. By focusing on reaching the people who are not currently a ... Continue Reading

Church Management Systems: ChMS 101 [Podcast]

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Ever since Steve Caton was on the ChurchMag Podcast, we've wanted to have him on again to talk about the basics of Church Management Systems (ChMS). This interview/discussion goes over the basics of ChMS'. It's an introduction. A class '101' on what they are, what they are not, and how helpful they are for churches and church leadership. If you are not using a ChMS, this is a must listen. If you are already using one, Steve talks about some fundamentals of ChMS' that you may find ... Continue Reading

Leadership Lessons from Ms. MacNair’s Sunday School

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Do you remember Sunday School? Graham crackers and goldfish, flannel boards and puppet shows, Bible songs and Christmas plays — most of us who grew up in the church (or are raising our own children in it) have some nostalgic memories of childhood Sunday mornings. You probably remember some of the lessons, too. You were learning good Biblical principles and life lessons in those classes. What you might not have realized is that you were also learning vital leadership principles. Even the simplest ... Continue Reading